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Young boy hurt at Indiana race

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2010

Officials say a 13-year-old motorcycle rider has sustained “traumatic injuries” after crashing during a warmup lap for a race at Indianapolis. The boy from Vancouver, Wash., appeared to be run over by another rider after falling off his bike.

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Illinois government corruption

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2010

Is there something about Illinois that encourages governors to go bad? Two men in a row, from rival parties, of separate generations and from different areas of the state have been convicted of felonies. A jury convicted Rod Blagojevich of lying to federal investigators, while his predecessor George Ryan is in prison for corruption. Experts say they had two main things in common: access to a river of political money and voters who put them in office despite questions about their honesty. New laws restricting political donations are in place. But one observer says too many people in Illinois accept a certain level of corruption. Brad McMillan is executive director of Bradley University’s Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service. He says voters need to change their ways, too.

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Wounded Warriors in Marseilles Sunday

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2010

Hundreds of motorcycles will roar into Marseilles Sunday afternoon. The Florida-based organization called Wounded Warriors Project will have its 2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Motorcycle Run featuring 700 riders. The run this year leaves from New Lenox at noon and arrives at the Middle East Conflict Memorial Wall in Marseilles at one. There will be a ceremony at the wall that’ll include speakers and a 21-gun salute. The bikers will then head back to New Lenox for food and entertainment. Proceeds from the run to Marseilles are benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project which helps wounded vets get reacclimated to civilian society.

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Plainfield Tornado victims remembered

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2010

Residents and officials in Plainfield are planting 29 trees as a tribute to the victims of an August 1990 tornado. The deadly storm killed 29 people in the northern Illinois village and injured more than 300. More than 1,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed.

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Midland Advisory Committee

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2010

A decision impacting the future look of the Midland School District could come later this week. The Midland School District advisory committee is expected to vote Thursday on whether to recommend the existing grade school in Lacon be extensively repaired, or be replaced by a new building in Lacon, or be eliminated all together with an addition built onto the school in Sparland. One of the main issues with the existing school is its water system.

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Plano man dies in shoot out

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2010

PLANO, Ill. (AP) – A Plano man is dead after police say he threatened officers and was shot. Officers say Bjorn Roland shot at a Kendall County sheriff’s deputy who came to the scene of a crash Roland was involved in Friday night. They say Roland stole the deputy’s squad car, struck a Plano police car and later threatened some more officers who confronted him.

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Peru police

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2010

A call to the 900 block of Rock Street in Peru Saturday morning becomes more than a report of suspicious persons. 18-year old Andrew Freeman of Peru and three male juveniles were arrested for criminal trespass and criminal damage to property shortly after 1am. Freeman and two of the juveniles were charged with unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor. Peru police believe Freeman and the three teens entered a residence uninvited and damaged both its exterior and interior. While at the station, one of the juveniles resisted a police officer and struck a squad car several times damaging it. He was cited with resisting an officer and damage to state supported property. Freeman was released on a notice to appear. The juveniles were referred to juvenile probation and released to their parents.

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