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Illinois River Rising

Posted by wlpo on May 30, 2011

Flood warnings remain in effect for the Illinois River in La Salle and Ottawa.

In La Salle, the river is expected to rise to 25.5 feet by Tuesday afternoon before falling back below the 20 foot flood stage.  In Ottawa, the river is expected to rise two feet above flood stage Tuesday morning before falling.

A flood warning is also in effect for the Fox River in Dayton.


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Police Chase In Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on May 30, 2011

An out-of-stater is accused of leading Ottawa Police on a chase.

Mark Blades of Ohio was eventually stopped on Boyce Memorial Drive after being clocked going 70 in a 30 mile per hour zone.  He was arrested for DUI, fleeing and attempting to elude police and speeding.

Blades posted bond and was released.

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Dirt Bike Burglar Is From Sheridan

Posted by wlpo on May 30, 2011

Police say an infrared camera helped them catch a Sheridan man committing a burglary.

On Tuesday, the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office took a report about a dirt bike being stolen from a barn in Newark.  Deputies say Nathan Davis of Sheridan was caught in the act by an infrared camera.

When police went to arrest him Thursday, Davis is accused of running.  He was eventually caught and taken to jail.

Davis is charged with burglary and resisting arrest.  His bond is 100 thousand dollars.

The dirt bike by the way was found at a home in Oswego.

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Latest Storm Reports

Posted by wlpo on May 30, 2011

Today marks the quiet after the storms.

Sunday thunderstorms did some minor damage to the listening area.  In Putnam County, trees and powers line were blown down thanks to 75 mile per hour winds.  In Bureau County, a weather spotter near Manlius reported over 2.5 inches of rain with Sunday storms while a report from near Walnut said a pole barn was flattened, grain bins were damaged and an irrigator was moved at a farmstead.

In La Salle County, a tree went down in southeast Earlville.

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Area Senators Say No To Borrowing

Posted by wlpo on May 30, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois senators are saying “no” to more borrowing, even if it would let the state pay its overdue

Senators considered one part of a plan to borrow nearly $6.2 billion Sunday night. It failed 19-23 and the sponsor didn’t bother calling the other pieces of legislation. Republican senators Sue Rezin and Darrin LaHood voted against borrowing.

Democratic Sen. John Sullivan said it was important for Illinois to pay the hospitals, businesses and community groups that work for the state and don’t get their money. But Republicans said it’s a mistake to pay the bills by borrowing more money. They call for spending cuts.

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