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Sand mining in La Salle County will be featured on TV tonight

Posted by wlpo on October 23, 2014

You may see some familiar faces on your television screen Thursday night.

The PBS station in Chicago, WYCC has a public affairs program called “In The Loop” that airs every Thursday night at 7. On this week’s show they’re talking about the sand industry in La Salle County. Crews spent time in Utica and Waltham Township interviewing elected officials and landowners about mining.

If you miss Thursday night’s show, you can watch a replay Sunday at 6:30.

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Investigation looking into what caused a garage fire in Peru

Posted by wlpo on October 23, 2014

The state fire marshal’s office is looking into what caused a detached garage in Peru to go up in flames.

The 911 call came in around noon Wednesday about a garage fully engulfed at 1409 14th Street, just east of Centennial Park. With power lines over the garage, a call was quickly was also put in to the electric department. La Salle helped Peru firefighters put the fire out and keep it from spreading to any homes.

Nobody was hurt.

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Cheapest gas in Illinois being sold in Streator

Posted by wlpo on October 23, 2014

Streator can boast something that no other city in Illinois can right now. They have unleaded gas for $2.69 a gallon.

According to, that’s the cheapest gas in all of Illinois. Just up the road in Ottawa you can get gas from $2.84 to $2.86 a gallon. In the La Salle-Peru area, gas is going for $2.85 to $2.89 a gallon.

The statewide average today for unleaded is $3.16 a gallon, down a dime from a week ago.

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La Salle residents encouraged to complete surveys

Posted by wlpo on October 22, 2014

If you live in La Salle, you’ll be receiving a survey in your water bill. Information collected from the surveys will be used by the state to decide if La Salle should be eligible for CDAP grant money.

You were last surveyed five years ago. Since then, the city has received nearly $5 million in grant money for infrastructure work.

To entice you to complete and return the survey to city hall, the city will be picking four people to receive $100 gift certificates for La Salle businesses.

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Safe driving habits are an important lesson at Fieldcrest High School

Posted by wlpo on October 22, 2014

Teenagers are not great drivers, but they are learning. Students at Fieldcrest High School in Minonk are learning to become safer drivers through a Teen Safe Driving program.

Sheila Haley oversees the program and special day of driving exercises Thursday.  Haley says students will be able to drive a golf cart while wearing impairment goggles. Another course will force them to drive around cones while texting.

She says the high school began the driving program in 2009 after receiving a state grant. The grant was created to reduce the number of teen driving deaths. Statewide, teen driving deaths are down by over half since 2007.

You can learn more about the program by listening to an interview that’s up at the Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO news page.

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Veterans wanted to be recognized at L-P

Posted by wlpo on October 22, 2014

Do you think kids get more out of Veteran’s Day by being out of school or being in school to learn about and honor vets in the classroom?

L-P is among a growing list of schools that don’t have Veteran’s Day off anymore. They instead are choosing to have a Veterans Day program at school Tuesday, November 11th.

If you or anyone you know is an L-P graduate or retired teacher that served in the military, the school wants a photo of them along with name, rank, branch of service and graduation year so they can be included in the Veterans Day slideshow.

There’s a form to fill out with information about each veteran so they can be recognized. You can find it at

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Halloween tradition returns to the IV Y

Posted by wlpo on October 22, 2014

Your children don’t need to wait until October 31 to celebrate Halloween.  You can get them dressed up for an afternoon of games at the Illinois Valley Y Saturday.

At the 99.3 WAJK Boo Bash your children can participate in trick-or-treat starting in the parking lot at 10:30am.  They will find games, prizes and a photo booth inside from 11am-1pm.

Admission is free and is open to children 10 and younger.

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Four from the Illinois Valley indicted for cocaine dealing

Posted by wlpo on October 21, 2014

It’ll take a lot of cash to get four alleged cocaine dealers out of the La Salle County Jail.

A grand jury yesterday in Ottawa indicted Pierre Brown and Melvin Townsel of La Salle along with Johnny Hopkins of Ottawa and Tabitha Becker of Oglesby for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Becker actually is charged with three counts of dealing cocaine.

All four are being held on a million dollars bond.

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U.S. Silica named top small business in America by Forbes Magazine

Posted by wlpo on October 21, 2014

If you wonder why there’s such an interest in sand mining in the Illinois Valley, just take a look at Forbes Magazine’s list of “America’s Best Small Companies of 2014”.

Forbes has named U.S. Silica Holdings as its best small company. The magazine says U.S. Silica has capitalized on the fracking boom, raising their sales by 40 percent in the last year. Silica’s total sales are listed at $680 million with a 5-year average sales growth of 22 percent.

Another company with local ties comes in at 27th in the best small companies list. Liberty Tax has $159 million in sales according to Forbes and has a 19 percent sales growth over the last five years.

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IVCC alumni game to benefit Lily Rosploch

Posted by wlpo on October 21, 2014

Big and tall basketball players will do their best to help little Lily Rosploch of La Salle.

The annual Illinois Valley Community College’s alumni men’s basketball game will benefit Rosploch as she continues to battle cancer. IVCC’s current team will take on a group of alumni at 7pm Wednesday inside the IVCC gym.

You are encouraged to contribute to the “Rally for Lily” fund while attending the game.

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