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Lincoln Artifacts Will Be In Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on January 6, 2011

A traveling exhibit featuring reproduction artifacts from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is coming to Ottawa.

“Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” was created to mark Lincoln’s 200th birthday.  The exhibit covers the president’s entire life.  The exhibit includes: Lincoln’s favorite books; the nameplate from his Springfield home; his stovepipe hat; a campaign banner; and bloody gloves found in Lincoln’s pocket the night he was assassinated.

Ottawa is the very first stop for the exhibit which will go across the country through next year.  It’ll be at the Scouting Museum from February 5th thru April 11th.

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Debate Rages On Death Penalty In Illinois

Posted by wlpo on January 6, 2011

Opinions are mixed locally about banning the death penalty in Illinois.

The House voted 60 to 54 Thursday in supporting a bill to ban the death penalty.  Democrat Careen Gordon and Republican Bob Pritchard voted in favor of banning the death penalty but Democrat Frank Mautino voted against the bill.

Former Governor George Ryan put a moratorium on the death penalty 10 years ago.  Fifteen people are currently on death row in Illinois.

La Salle County has one pending death penalty case involving accused double murderer Keith Mackowiak of Seneca.

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Kinzinger supports make trip to Washington D.C.

Posted by wlpo on January 6, 2011

The thrill of the November election ended for most voters the next Wednesday morning, but for two men that helped with the Adam Kinzinger campaign, that excitement continued through this week.

Dan Hyson of Depue was the Bureau County coordinator for Kinzinger while Jim Mathews of Oglesby was a La Salle County coordinator.  They along with Dan’s wife, arrived in DC Tuesday afternoon just in time for the new Republican to be sworn in to Congress Wednesday.  The trip is leaving an impression.

Mathews says he wants to see congress become more responsive to the will of the people.

He believes the deficit could be reduced if more people have jobs.  He also thinks there’s a culture in Washington that has to change and elected representatives need to be held accountable.

Hyson says the trip gives him optimism that the 112th Congress will go back to agenda that they need to adhere by.

You can hear more about their experience by listening to an interview available at the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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DNA confirms body is missing NIU student

Posted by wlpo on January 6, 2011

Remains found in a DeKalb park in October were those of a missing Northern Illinois University student.

WDKB Radio reports that DNA test results were submitted as evidence during a hearing today for William Curl, who was arrested on Oct. 29 – two weeks after the disappearance of 18-year-old Antinette Keller.

The NIU freshman disappeared after telling friends she would be walking in a nearby park, as part of an art project. The burned remains were found two days later, but investigators had to wait for test results to confirm the body was hers.

At Thursday’s hearing, DeKalb County public defender Regina Harris requested a continuance to examine the thousands of pages of evidence in Curl’s case and await completion of a psychological evaluation.

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Cold Weather Killed Tanya Shannon

Posted by wlpo on January 6, 2011

Preliminary autopsy results show that 40-year old Tanya Shannon died from exposure to the cold.

La Salle County Coroner Jodi Bernard says she is still awaiting a final autopsy report and toxicology results.

Shannon was found Monday morning in an open field southeast of the Exelon Nuclear Station.  Her body was around three-quarters of a mile southeast of the car crash that killed her husband Dale.

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Major Pot Bust Near Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on January 6, 2011

Another Californian is accused of hauling drugs through the Illinois Valley.

State Police stopped Jeffrey Grabinski Wednesday afternoon near Ottawa for improper lane usage.  While talking to Grabinski, the trooper says he smelled marijuana.  The Utica drug dog came in and led to search Grabinski’s U-Haul.  Grabinski allegedly had seven cardboard boxes in the cargo area of marijuana.  Total weight was 66 pounds.

Grabinski was arrested for possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.  He was taken to the county jail.

The traffic stop happened on east bound Interstate 80.

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Hostess Store In Ottawa Closes

Posted by wlpo on January 6, 2011

If you live in Ottawa, you may have to travel out of town now to get discounted Butternut Bread, Twinkies and Ding Dongs.

The Butternut Bread Bakery Thrift Store on La Salle Street abruptly closed Wednesday morning.  The discount store had been open in Ottawa for nearly 25 years.

Company officials say the Ottawa closing is one of about 100 Butternut stores that have closed in the past year.  The bakery’s in La Salle and Streator remain open.

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Seneca Eyeing New Police Station

Posted by wlpo on January 6, 2011

The Seneca Police Department could soon have a building of its own.

Village officials received a letter from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity saying Seneca can expect a 350 thousand dollar check for a new police department and emergency dispatch system.  The state grant money is dependent on Illinois selling capital bonds.

Village officials haven’t started the process of bids or drawings for the new police station which will be next to the village hall.

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Kinzinger And Shock Take The Oath Of Office

Posted by wlpo on January 6, 2011

Twelve Illinois Republicans were sworn into the 112th U.S. Congress yesterday following success in the November election.

Of local interest, Adam Kinzinger was sworn in as the 11th District representative while Aaron Schock begins his second term representing the 18th District.

Kinzinger like most if not all republicans is on a mission to repeal health care reform and cut federal spending.  He does want to find some common ground with democrats.

Republican Mark Kirk was also sworn in Wednesday as Illinois’ newest United States Senator.  He takes over for Democrat Roland Burris.

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