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Taste of Town to raise money for March of Dimes

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2011

If you enjoy the March of Dimes’ Signature Chef Auction, you’ll probably be a fan of their more casual fundraiser, Taste of Town.

The dinner features food selections from restaurants in Streator and silent and live auctions.

Lori Christopherson is with the March of Dimes.  The Taste of Town, she explains, is something you can wear jeans to.

The dinner is also the kickoff to their March for Babies event in May.

The dinner is March 23 from 5:30pm until 9pm at the Streator Knights of Columbus Hall.  Tickets to the Taste of Town have sold out in past years.  They’re available at Onized Credit Union.  General admission is $20 or two for $30.  VIP tickets are $50 each.

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Bridge decks and roads could be icy

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2011

The salt trucks are out Monday morning trying to keep roads from becoming icy.  Expect bridge decks to be slippery, same goes for sidewalks and parking lots.

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Company auditions

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2011

Sometimes it’s hard to commit to love. A musical being staged by the Prairie Arts Council in Princeton is about a single man who can’t stay in a serious relationship.  Auditions for “Company” are Wednesday (March 2) at 6:30 P.M. and Saturday (March 5) at 10 A.M. at the Prairie Arts Center. The play calls for six men age 20 to 60 and eight women of the same ages. Come prepared to sing “America the Beautiful” and read from the script. It will be directed by Shelley Gorenz. “Company” will be performed April 28 – May 1.

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12 year old okay after three car accident

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2011

A 12-year old boy is in good condition after removal from one of three vehicles that collided Saturday afternoon at Route 251 and Unytite Drive in Peru. Peru police say Katrina Arnold was turning East into Peru Marketplace from southbound Rt 251. While turning, her Buick Regal was struck on the passenger side by a northbound cadillac driven by Kevin Chandler. The impact spun Arnold’s Buick in a westbound direction. It’s rear struck a Dodge Ram driven by Ashley Alejandro who was facing westbound exiting Peru Marketplace. The 12-year old boy, not identified, was a passenger in Arnold’s car. The boy is in IVCH. All drivers and other passengers refused medical treatment. Katrina Arnold was ticketed for Failure to Yield turning left. The hometowns of the drivers were not listed.

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2nd Annual Charity Basketball game scheduled

Posted by wlpo on February 26, 2011

While the best high school basketball teams enter into March Madness, area doctors and rotary members will show off their moves on the court at Parkside School.

The Second Annual Charity Basketball Game between the Illinois Valley Community Hospital physicians and administration Rotary members from the Peru, LaSalle and Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotary Clubs is Friday, March 11 at 6:30pm.

Last year’s game raised nearly $1900 for area charities.  This year’s game will raise money for the Illinois Valley Food Pantry and the IVCH Foundation.

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Jane Addams topic of IVCC program

Posted by wlpo on February 26, 2011

March is Women’s History Month.  You can learn about an important woman in Illinois’ history during a program Tuesday evening at Illinois Valley Community College’s Ottawa Center.

Biographer Louise Knight will be talking about her latest book, “Jane Addams: Spirit in Action.”

The program runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at IVCC’s Ottawa Center, Room 104.  There’s no charge to get in.

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Aggravated battery charge for man accused of struggling with sheriff’s deputies

Posted by wlpo on February 26, 2011

It’s hard to run from the police when you’re at the courthouse.  La Salle County Sheriff’s Deputies say a man already in court tried to leave the governmental complex in Ottawa after it was realized he was wanted on a failure to appear warrant Friday morning.

29 year old Robert Matlock was arrested outside of the courthouse.  He was charged with aggravated battery after police say he hit a deputy.  He was being held in the county jail.

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Route 178 work scheduled to begin Monday

Posted by wlpo on February 26, 2011

Weather permitting of course, construction will start Monday on the Route 178 realignment in Utica.

IDOT Engineer Herb Jung says the project will last two construction seasons starting with the widening of 178 at the north entrance into Utica. The rest of phase one of the project is extending Lincoln Street from 178 to Mill Street and building new bridges over the I&M Canal and Clark’s Run Creek.  Stage two will extend Route 178 to the west of downtown while the final stage will be connecting the new Route 178 stretch to the existing road south of the canal.

Advance Asphalt in Princeton was awarded the $4.2 million construction job.

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LC Republicans to hold Lincoln Day Dinner March 12

Posted by wlpo on February 26, 2011

The annual Lincoln Day Dinner for La Salle County republicans is on March 12th.

Newly elected State Treasurer Dan Rutherford will be the featured speaker during the dinner at Celebrations 150 in La Salle.  Other republicans like Congressman Adam Kinzinger and State Senator Sue Rezin are invited.

Dinner starts at 7 and tickets are available by contacting La Salle County Republican Chairwoman Susan Thornton.

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Congressman Kinzinger making Ottawa stop

Posted by wlpo on February 26, 2011

If you have something to say you think lawmakers in Washington should hear, Congressman Adam Kinzinger will be in Ottawa Saturday morning.

The Republican will be available at Ottawa City Hall from 10 until 11am.

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