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Changes for I V Red Cross Bloodmobile

Posted by wlpo on January 30, 2011

You can donate blood at the Illinois Valley Red Cross for a few more Mondays before a scheduling change. Starting the last full week in February, I-V Red Cross’s bloodmobiles will be on Tuesdays. Hours will remain 1 – 5pm and on the fifth Tuesday – 2 – 6pm. Severe winter weather in the Eastern U.S. has cancelled 15,600 blood and platelet donations. The Red Cross is asking for donations from elsewhere to make up for the shortfall. All blood types, especially Type “O negative” are needed. Individuals at least 17 years old weighing at least 110 pounds and in good health are needed. The Illinois Valley Red Cross is at 1530 Fourth Street in Peru.

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Mark Piecha benefit today

Posted by wlpo on January 30, 2011

Local musicians are banding together to help one of their own. A benefit is planned January 30th at Primetime Tap in Oglesby for Mark Piecha of Streator. Piecha remains in ICU at St. Francis Hospital after a crash last Tuesday near Grand Ridge. Local singers Chris Farrell, Brian Neumann, Jimmy Essl and Joey Figgiani will perform at the benefit for Piecha who is also a local singer. Proceeds from the show will go to the Piecha family for medical expenses. Tickets are 20 dollars which includes food, beer, soda and the live music.

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Illinois Valley Bridal show today

Posted by wlpo on January 30, 2011

If you’re planning a wedding, you could a feel for what’s popular at the 31st Annual Illinois Valley Bridal Show. You’ll be able to meet with photographers, music services and see some of the popular dress styles modeled. It’s at the Mendota Civic Center. Doors open at 11am. The Style show is at 2pm. Admission is free. It’s presented by AM 1220 WLPO, 99-3 WAJK and 96-5 The Wolf.

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Moment of silence planned for Peru alderman

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2011

When the Peru City Council meets Monday evening, they’ll be missing an alderman.  69 year old Ron Wren died Friday morning after briefly being hospitalized at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

One of the first items on Monday’s meeting agenda is a moment of silence for the fourth ward alderman.  Wren’s medical trouble began minutes after Wednesday’s council meeting, when he collapsed and was taken away by ambulance.

Wren was chairman of the Electric Committee and Buildings and Grounds Committee.  The Mueller Funeral Home in Peru is handling Wren’s arrangements.  You can find his obituary by visiting the AM 1220 WLPO obituary page.

Aldermen Joe Mikyska, Dave Potthoff and Bob Ankiewicz spoke with AM 1220 WLPO about Wren.  You can hear their comments by visiting the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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Stop on I-80 yields 112 pounds of cannabis

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2011

A stop for improper lane usage turned into a serious drug charge for a man stopped by Utica.  Police pulled over John Griffiths of New Jersey Friday morning on Interstate 80.

Police say they searched the car after a police dog smelled drugs.  Police say Griffiths had 112 pounds of what they think is marijuana.

He was charged with possession with intent to deliver and was being held in the La Salle County Jail.

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Website to list Ill. Civil War anniversary events

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Do you plan on remembering the 150th anniversary of the Civil War?  You can find a list of events going on in Illinois online.

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says a website will launch Tuesday and include a comprehensive events calendar from 2011 to 2015. It will be continually updated.

The website also will have a timeline of Illinois and the Civil War, downloadable articles, curriculum material for teachers and suggestions for further reading.

Click hear to visit the state’s website.

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Mark mayor “very pleased” with court decision in Hartney question

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2011

The Village of Mark has some businesses but most of their sales tax money comes from Hartney Fuel Oil.  And it will continue to be that way after a court ruling Wednesday.

Hartney sued the Illinois Department of Revenue because the state was claiming sales tax generated by Hartney should go to a town in Cook County, not Mark. After a two-year legal battle, Judge Scott Shore Wednesday side with Hartney.

Frank Niewinski is the mayor of Mark.  He says he’s very happy with the outcome of the trial.  He believes Hartney’s attorneys did a good job presenting their case and that the judge ruled accordingly.

Niewinski says he hopes the company continues to do business in Mark and calls them a good asset to the community.

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Man faces felony charge for home break-in

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2011

A break-in at a home in Mendota maybe solved.  Police arrested Waylon Shaver of Mendota Friday for felony residential burglary.

He’s suspected of stealing from a home in the 1800 block of Stroble Avenue Thursday.

Shaver was being held in the La Salle County Jail with his bond set at $50,000.

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Forum scheduled for Streator municipal candidates

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2011

April will be here before you know it and city officials in Streator want you to get to know your candidates.

The Streator Area Downtown Business Association is hosting a candidate’s forum Wednesday, March 23rd at 6 inside the Bruce Township Hall.  All 11 city council and mayoral candidates are being invited.

Topics will include economic development and beautification efforts.

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Peru Alderman Dies

Posted by wlpo on January 28, 2011

Peru has lost one of its fourth ward aldermen.  Ron Wren died Friday morning after a brief hospitalization at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  He was taken there after collapsing minutes after the end of Wednesday night’s council meeting.

Dave Potthoff joined Wren in representing the fourth ward.  He says Wren will be remembered.

Wren was chairman of the Electric Committee and Buildings and Grounds Committee.  He was re-elected after running unopposed in 2009.

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