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Popular parks will cause traffic headaches

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2016

Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks are doing a booming business this holiday.  The Conservation police’s Sgt. Phil Wire told “Classic Hits 103-9 WLPO” all parking was gone in the early afternoon, forcing Starved Rock to close their south and west entrances temporarily during the early afternoon. Wire said that this morning, cars were lined up through  Utica to the fire station, then from the 4-way stop, up the overpass and out onto westbound i-80 for 2 miles (Milemarker 83).  The eastbound lanes,  not so much, says Wire.  In the Matthiessen dells, visitors couldn’t get out. Cars were parked everywhere lining the entrance and down Route 178.

Wire says to expect traffic snarls Memorial Day from 10:30 to 3:30pm.  The big draw, he said, are and will be the falls –until they dry up sometime in June.

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Utica priest officially retiring

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2016

How does a Catholic church acknowledge their retiring pastor?  You can find out by attending an open house and reception from Noon – 3 Sunday at Utica Knights of Columbus.

Monsignor James J. Swaner celebrated the 55th year of his ordination as a priest Saturday.  Bishop Jenky, CSE of the Peoria Diocese will officially grant Swaner senior status at Noon June 8th.  A mass was held earlier Sunday morning.

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Princeton hosts film examining farm life

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2016

There’s a new film getting a showing in Princeton this summer.  It’s not likely to be a blockbuster, but, does take an intimate look at the lives of 20-something farmers and ranchers.

“Farmland” is a film produced by James Moll.  The audience for the June 18th showing will learn  about these high-risk/high-reward jobs and the passion for a way of life that has been passed from generation to generation. Bureau County Farm Bureau is helping to bring the film to the Apollo Theatre.  Showtime is 10am and it’s free.  It will be followed by a time for questions.  Tickets must be obtained in advance by call the Bureau County Farm Bureau.

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City of Ottawa seeks fire fighters

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2016

The Ottawa Board of Fire and Police Commissioners is accepting applications to establish a Firefighter Eligibility Register.  Applicants must be 21 years old and must not have reached their 35th birthday as of June 15, 2016.  They must have a high school diploma or G.E.D., possess a valid drivers license, be in excellent physical health, of good moral character and a United States citizen.  There are other conditions.

More information is available on the Ottawa Firefighters Local 523 Facebook page.  Application packets may be picked up at Ottawa City Hall or from city of Ottawa dot org.  Completed application packets must be returned to Ottawa City Hall by 4:30pm June 15.

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11 year old Peoria girl goes missing Saturday night

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2016

An 11 year old Peoria girl is missing and is believed to have run away. Peoria Police say CeCe D. Doby was last seen about 7pm Saturday night near Cityscape Apartments in the 600 block of Romeo Garrett Avenue.

CeCe Doby is black, 5 feet 2 inches tall,  about 90 to 100 pounds, with short straight hair. She was last seen wearing a pink tank top, white and pink shorts and pink flip flops.  If you believed you have seen her,  call the Peoria Police Department.

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Rotary Park LaSalle preps for festival

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2016

The next weekend will be the first music and art festival to be held in LaSalle’s Rotary Park. The showcasing of local musicians and artists is a fundraiser for the Rotary Park Foundation.

Between June 3 and 5,  the music will play from Rick Soens, Crossroads, Lizzy Neal Band, Steve Cerqua,  Higgins Brothers, Second Chance Band and 3 Day weekend. Alcohol and Food vendors will be on hand. Admission is $5.

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Drugs suspected in 18-year old’s death

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2016

Pending further examination and toxicology results,  the death of an 18-year old Braidwood girl now remains undetermined.  That word from Grundy County Coroner John Callahan who suspects drugs having played a part.

Callahan’s release said he was summoned to Braidwood around 5am Saturday on the report of an unresponsive woman in a North Perch Court residence. Kelsey Allison was pronounced dead by Callahan around 5:10am. The Grundy County Sheriff’s office and Coroner found items of interest in the home.  Callahan said an autopsy was performed on the body that afternoon.

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Norfolk Southern Second Large Railroad to say it Wouldn’t Use Proposed Great Lakes Basin Railroad

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2016

(AP) – A second large railroad says it’s not interested in a proposed $8 billion, 278-mile rail line from Indiana to Wisconsin aimed at relieving Chicago-area freight congestion.

Norfolk Southern has submitted a letter to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board saying it has multiple routes into the Chicago area and a bypass route that goes to Kansas City, so it doesn’t believe it would use the proposed Great Lakes Basin Railroad.

The Union Pacific Railroad has said previously it wasn’t interested. Public comment continues through June 15 with the transportation board.

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Friends of Paralyzed Peru Police Officer Hope to Raise Money Saturday Night

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2016

If you’ve spent time in the hospital recently, you know bills add up in a hurry.

Friends of Peru Police Sergeant Jason Brokaw want to help his family out as the officer battles paralysis from the chest down.  The eight year veteran first started experiencing pain a few months ago.  He’s been getting treatment in Peoria but is home now.

A benefit is happening Saturday at the La Salle Knights of Columbus Hall from 6:00 until midnight.  There will be live music, raffles, food and drinks to help raise money for Brokaw and his family at the benefit.

For tickets you can stop by or call the Peru Police Department.

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Holiday Weekend May Mean Different Day for Trash Pick-Up

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2016

When a holiday weekend rolls around you want to make sure you know the new time your trash will be picked up the next week.

Spring Valley City Clerk Becky Hansen says her office will be closed on Monday to celebrate Memorial Day. As a result, all garbage pickup will be one day later in Spring Valley next week.

If you have any questions, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 664-4221.

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