Weather Brings Many Abscences As Indiana Session Starts
Indiana's House and Senate have found just enough members to begin business after a major winter storm crippled the state.
The House of Representatives opened its first day of the 2014 session Tuesday with 67 of its 100 members reporting to the Statehouse.
The number was just enough to achieve the quorum needed to start work.
The Senate started an hour late with barely enough members to conduct business. Thirty-four of fifty senators showed up.
Dozens of lawmakers were excused Tuesday because of weather and travel conditions. The House and Senate both canceled Wednesday sessions and aren't expected to return until Thursday.
The polar vortex which dropped temperatures into the negative teens Monday and Tuesday continued to hinder snow removal throughout the state Tuesday.
UPDATE 4:35 PM Illinois State Police District 10 officials are advising that I-57, I-72, and I-74 are nearly impassable. All other roads are drifting closed. Near white out conditions. Blowing and drifting snow is blocking the roadways. Emergency travel only. US Route 150 is closed between St Joseph and Urbana due to a crash. State Police have implemented their NO TOW policy. They say visibility is extremely poor and it is not safe to tow. Motorists are being transported to a place of safety to the nearest exit.
Reminders from Champaign County and Macon County Authorities: Champaign County Highways and Township roads will not be plowed after dusk. Macon County Highways and Township roads are closed until further notice.
UPDATE: 4:07PM -- Illinois State Police are on the scene of a traffic crash involving two jackknife truck tractor/semi trailers on I-57 at milepost 192 blocking both northbound lanes. Traffic will be stopped northbound until the semis are removed.
Illinois State Police report that eastbound I-74 has been closed at milepost 185, near the University Avenue Exit.