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Archive for July 10th, 2010

Republican Senate candidate doesn’t want to extend jobless benefits

Posted by wlpo on July 10, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Senate candidate Mark Kirk says he opposed extending jobless benefits because it would have increased the deficit by $30 billion. The Republican congressman says he voted against it because Democrats didn’t come up with a way to pay for the benefits without adding to the deficit.

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Man injured after motorcycle-trailer crash in Earlville

Posted by wlpo on July 10, 2010

You’ve heard the slogan, Start Seeing Motorcycles.  A man was taken to the hospital after police say he hit a flatbed trailer while riding his motorcycle through Earlville Friday afternoon.

Police say Orville Fry of LaMoille was on Route 34 when hit the trailer of a truck that was making a left hand turn onto Greenbrier in Earlville.

Police say Fry was thrown from bike and was taken to Mendota Community Hospital.  His condition is unavailable.

The man driving the truck, Robert Enck Jr. of Montgomery, was ticketed for failure to yield.  Police believe he pulled infront of the motorcycle.

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New law grants more review of denied health claims

Posted by wlpo on July 10, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) – A state law that went into effect July 1 grants consumers the right to an external, independent review of denied health insurance claims.

The Illinois Department of Insurance issued a reminder about the law yesterday.

In the past, only patients in health maintenance organizations had the right to such reviews. The new law extends the protection to people covered by other types of plans.

You can request an external review within four months of getting notice that your insurer has denied a claim or treatment request.

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Three years after killings, Mackowiak awaits trial

Posted by wlpo on July 10, 2010

Sunday marks three full years that 42 year old Keith Mackowiak of Seneca has been for allegedly killing an elderly couple from Seneca.

Mackowiak was arrested in the late afternoon of Wednesday, July 11th after the bodies of Al and Katherine Twardowski were found face down in their rural Seneca home that morning.  Investigators think Mackowiak intended to burglarize the couple but it went wrong and he beat them to death with a shovel.

Mackowiak’s double-murder trial has seen several delays and most recently saw Mackowiak fire his public defenders and try to represent himself.  He is using a paralegal to build his case at taxpayer’s expense.

While in court last week, Mackowiak thought it would take the rest of the year for him to be ready for trial.

Several family members of the Twardowski’s show up to each court appearance by Mackowiak.

He’s the only accused murderer awaiting trial in La Salle County.

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Peru Fire Department hosts open house

Posted by wlpo on July 10, 2010

If you’re looking for an inexpensive activity for your family this weekend, stop by the Peru Fire Department.

The Zonta Club of La Salle-Peru Area is holding a Family Fun Day as part of a fire house open house Saturday.

All games and activities will cost between 50 cents to $1.  It runs from 10am until 2pm.

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