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U.S. Census shows 4.5% of Illinois children lack healthcare coverage

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2010

Having health insurance coverage for your children is important but new numbers from the U.S. Census show some kids in Illinois lack coverage.

Statewide 4.5% of children don’t have health insurance coverage.

In La Salle County the percentage of children without is .9 with a  0.7% margin of error.

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Jansz chosen to become Thirteenth Judicial Circuit judge

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2010

A judge opening in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit is being filled by a former Assistant States Attorney.  Michael Jansz has been chosen to replace the retiring Associate Judge James Brusatte.

Jansz was an Assistant States Attorney in La Salle County from 1988 to 1990.  Currently, he’s a partner at the law office of Herbolsheimer, Lannon, Henson, Duncan, and Reagan.

Jansz will be sworn in on October 18 by Chief Judge James Lanuti at the La Salle County Court House.

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PADS prepares for another season

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2010

Lost jobs and housing had more people using Illinois Valley PADS shelters last season.  Over 200 people, including children and veterans, were among those staying in the shelters in Peru and Ottawa last year.

Volunteers are preparing for another season that includes extended hours.  They’ll be open from five in the evening until nine the following morning.  It’s four hours longer than in previous years.

They need volunteers to work at the shelter filling short and overnight shifts.

They also need things like paper plates, cleaning products, and cereal.  The shelters open Friday.

You can find more information about the shelters by visiting their website.

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Peru Police Department promotes patrol officer

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2010

A man who’s been patrolling Peru as a police officer has been promoted.

Rick Piscia has been promoted to the rank of sergeant, meaning he’ll supervise a patrol shift.

Sergeant Shawn Anderson is being appointed a commander following the retirement of Ken Hanford.

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Cars vandalized during football game

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2010

Some football fans had an unpleasant discovery after the LP Homecoming football game Friday night.  Seven cars were scratched up during the game.  If you have any information about who did it, call the Peru Police Department or Illinois Valley Crimestoppers.

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Edgar endorses Brady for Governor

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2010

A former Republican Governor is putting his support behind the Republican State Senator running for governor.

Jim Edgar announced Tuesday he’s endorsing Bill Brady.  Edgar says Brady will restore fiscal discipline to manage the state budget and reverse out-of-control spending.

Edgar served two terms as Governor from 1991-1999 before retiring from elected office.

Brady says he’s honored to have Edgar’s endorsement.

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Man Allegedly Hit With Brick And Robbed In Streator

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2010

Two men from Streator face charges they robbed a man by hitting him with a brick.

Lewis Duncan and James Feddericke were arrested yesterday in Livingston County.  They’re accused of hitting a man in the head with a brick and stealing his wallet and 600 dollars.  The alleged attack happened September 18th in Streator.

Duncan and Feddericke are charged with robbery and aggravated battery.  Both are in the La Salle County jail on 75 thousand dollars bond.

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Five Hurt In Crash Near Troy Grove

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2010

Five people were hurt after a two car crash yesterday afternoon east of Troy Grove.

According to the sheriff’s office, a 16 year old girl from rural Utica was south bound on East 8th Road and Michael Jones of Joliet was east on Route 52.  The girl had stopped at the intersection before proceeding ahead and being hit in the passenger’s side by Jones.

The 16 year old girl and passenger Hannah Munson of Waltham Township were taken to Mendota Community Hospital.  Another passenger, Victoria Hamiel of La Salle was life flighted to Rockford Memorial Hospital.

Jones and his passenger Susan Jones were both taken to Ottawa Regional Hospital.

No tickets were issued.

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Voting Already Started In November Election

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2010

If you can’t wait to vote in the November election, you can cast a ballot now.

Absentee voting in person at the county clerk’s office opened last Thursday in La Salle County.  Unlike previous years, you don’t have to give a reason why you’re voting absentee.

Early voting this year’s election starts October 12th.  The last day to register to vote for the November election is next Tuesday.

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School’s Out In Ransom

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2010

No classes today at Allen-Otter Creek School in Ransom.

Water is off in the town because of a leak at the village’s pump house.

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