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Blizzard Like Conditions Expected This Weekend

Posted by wlpo on December 10, 2010

It could be a wild weather weekend.

The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a Blizzard Watch for Bureau and Putnam Counties from Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon.  A powerful winter storm will produce 2 to 5 inches of powdery snow combined with wind gusts of 35 to 50 miles per hour late Saturday into Sunday afternoon.  At times there could be whiteout conditions.

Wind chills Sunday morning will also be very dangerous in the range of 15 to 30 degrees below zero.

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Peru Developer Joins Discussion To Become State Senator

Posted by wlpo on December 10, 2010

With less than 24 hours to go until the selection process begins, two more candidates have expressed interest in replacing Senator Gary Dahl.

La Salle County Republican Committee Chairwoman Susan Thornton says Larry Bianchi of Peru who works with Janko Realty and Elton Monson, a veteran from Morris has joined the discussion.  Thornton and seven other committee chairpersons will meet Saturday in Ottawa to pick someone to fill Dahl’s remaining term.

The rest of the field is businessman Harry Bond of Bourbonnais, Channahon Mayor Joe Cook, former La Salle County Republican Chairman Frank Kobilsek of Mendota, former congressional candidate David McAloon of Bourbonnais, State Representative-elect Sue Rezin of Morris, former school board member Pat Shebby of Sheridan and Senator Dahl’s legislative aide O.J. Stoutner of Peru.

La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton is not running.

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Dahl Endorses Stoutner

Posted by wlpo on December 10, 2010

Outgoing State Senator Gary Dahl makes it very clear who should replace him as senator, O.J. Stoutner.

Dahl says his legislative aide has three years experience of knowing the 38th district, working with people, going to functions, and making speeches.  He makes it clear that Stoutner didn’t seek the seat, he asked Stoutner to replace him.  Dahl says Stoutner pledged to him he would run to keep the seat in 2012.

As for the other candidates, Dahl isn’t too big of a fan calling them “wannabes” and in it for their ego.  Dahl says he has let the eight Republican Committee chairpersons know his endorsement of Stoutner.

Dahl’s replacement will be picked Saturday.

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Templeton Makes It Official

Posted by wlpo on December 10, 2010

La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton is officially not going to seek the State Senate of Gary Dahl.

In a press release, Templeton says his father instilled a sense of loyalty and commitment to the projects that he would undertake in his life.  So he plans to fulfill his commitment of being Sheriff after voters re-elected him last month.

Templeton also gives out thanks to people who called, emailed or stopped personally to offer encouragement and support if he chose to run for senate.

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Man Falls Into River In Hennepin

Posted by wlpo on December 10, 2010

It’s not a great time to take a dip in the Illinois River.

Hennepin First Responders and Putnam County EMS responded to the Cargill plant in Hennepin this morning for a 21-year old man who fell into the river.  A police dispatcher says he was in the river less than five minutes.

The call to paramedics came in just after seven this morning.

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Cherry Mine Exhibit Reaches End

Posted by wlpo on December 10, 2010

An exhibit documenting the Cherry Mine Disaster is coming to an end Illinois Valley Community College.

“The Flames Caught Us: Cherry Mine 1909”, opened at IVCC on Monday, July 12th.  It’ll be taken down after 4:30 this afternoon.

The mine disaster exhibit was showcased at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield from last November through this past March.  The exhibit features several photos and letters documenting the disaster which killed over 200 miners.

The exhibit is on display in the lower level of Building E.

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