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Kinzinger supports Obama’s plan to fight ISIS

Posted by wlpo on September 17, 2014

You have heard a lot of disagreement between President Barack Obama and House Republicans, but the man that represents you in Congress says he is with the president when it comes to fighting ISIS.

A vote Wednesday to allow the U.S. military to train and arm some Syrian rebels passed the House. Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger was among the supporters. He says he’s surprised that other members of the House were against it.

Kinzingers says he wanted the United States to begin bombing ISIS targets earlier this year. He’s an U.S. Air Force veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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La Salle man accused of selling cocaine

Posted by wlpo on September 17, 2014

A drug deal can happen anywhere, even at a popular spot for ice cream. Officers with the drug team TRIDENT arrested Larry Chandler of La Salle after he allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover agent.

Police say it happened Wednesday in the parking lot of Frank’s Cigar Store in La Salle. They say the arrest came after a long investigation.

Chandler is being held in the La Salle County Jail with his bond set at $1 million.

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Check arrives after concert organizer in Peru comes under fire

Posted by wlpo on September 17, 2014

If you were fired up at Concerts for a Cause organizers not giving money to Centennial School in Streator, a check has arrived.

A check for $3,300 showed up at the school Tuesday from Lou’s La Grotto. Merry Noonan had previously sent the school a letter saying the Uproar Festival concert last month left a huge deficit and no money to give. About 50 volunteers from the school helped out at last month’s concert.

The concert series started in 2005 and has raised money for various causes including schools, relay for life and care packages for overseas troops.

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Petition drive to clean up I&M Canal in Utica

Posted by wlpo on September 17, 2014

Do you think online petitions are effective? The latest attempt to have something done with Utica’s stretch of the I&M Canal involves a petition.

Chris Miller with the Utica Business Association didn’t think a simple letter to Senator Sue Rezin or State Representative Frank Mautino would do much to draw attention to what he calls an eyesore. He thinks the algae-filled, canal should be dredged and towpath repaired to look like it does at Lock 14 in La Salle and other spots along the canal. He admits the work will probably cost a lot but thinks the first step is getting people together to get a plan in place.

If you want to sign the petition to clean up Utica’s part of the canal and towpath, click http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/illinois-michigan-canal-reparations-in-utica-illinois.html

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Ottawa council publicly backs medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries

Posted by wlpo on September 17, 2014

Are you fine with your city being home to a medical marijuana cultivation center or dispensary?

The Ottawa City Council Tuesday night passed resolutions supporting companies trying to open a cultivation center or dispensary in their city. One company is applying for both while two other companies are looking to build a cultivation center and another wants a dispensary.

In the resolutions of support, the council says the cultivation centers and dispensaries are welcome in their community.

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St. Bede’s Garramone receives theater award

Posted by wlpo on September 16, 2014

For many St. Bede Academy graduates, being called a “stage rat” is an honor.  Reverend Dominic Garramone has been St. Bede’s drama director and stage manager for 30 years. Saturday he received the Illinois Theatre Association’s 2014 Award of Excellence in Secondary School Theatre.

Garramone says theater teachers students life skills and how to work with others.  He also says studies show that students who participated in theater perform better academically in college.

Garramone says he got his start in theater thanks to his mother. He says he wouldn’t have received the award if it wasn’t for all the support he receives from the school, students, and parents.

Learn more about Garramone’s theater program by listening to an interview that’s available at the WLPO AM and FM news page.

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La Salle man arrested on a Georgia warrant

Posted by wlpo on September 16, 2014

La Salle is a long drive from Georgia, but a man arrested Monday will likely be making a return trip. After receiving being contacted by the Murray County Georgia Sheriff’s Department, La Salle Police officers arrested Thomas Somes.

Somes was wanted on a warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Georgia. He was also arrested Fugitive from Justice. Police say more charges are pending. Somes was being held in the La Salle County Jail.

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Four people go to hospital after crash in Tonica

Posted by wlpo on September 16, 2014

Four people were hurt after a crash in Tonica.

Tonica firefighters, police and county deputies all went to the crash scene just before 6:30 Monday night on Route 251 and N. 20th Road. Two vehicles were involved.

The four people hurt were all taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Semi crashes into cornfield near Mendota

Posted by wlpo on September 16, 2014

Some of the curves on Route 34 can be tough for a car to navigate let alone a semi.

Charles Meiner of Nebraska says he lost control on a curve Monday morning on Route 34 near Mendota. He damaged a sign, sod and about five rows of corn before overturning his semi.

Meiner wasn’t hurt.

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Salvation Army hitting century mark in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on September 16, 2014

It won’t be long before the red kettles are back outside local stores. The kettles are a symbol of the Salvation Army and you’re invited to celebrate a hundred years of service by the Salvation Army in Ottawa and La Salle County.

The charity organization has been going strong in Ottawa since November of 1914. It’s moved around a lot before settling into its current home on West Madison Street in 1985.

The 100th birthday party for the Salvation Army is next Tuesday inside Festivities Unlimited on Route 6 in Ottawa. Dinner starts at 6 and its 15 dollars a person.

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