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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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Workers’ comp reform approved in Ill. Senate

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A bill shaking up the Illinois workers’ compensation system to cut business costs and curb corruption has been approved by the state Senate.

The bill passed 46-8 and now goes to the Illinois House.  Republican State Senator Sue Rezin, whose district includes La Salle and Ottawa, voted against it.

The legislation would reduce fees businesses pay to physicians by 30 percent, saving between $500 million and $700 million. The measure also terminates all system arbitrators over fears they have gotten too “cozy” with lawyers. They could be reappointed to new, shorter terms.


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Memorial Day Ceremonies scheduled in Spring Valley and Peru

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2011

Veterans will be remembered during Spring Valley’s annual Memorial Day Program.  The ceremony begins at 2pm at Valley Memorial Park.  It’ll feature members of the Spring Valley VFW, Spring Valley American Legion and Spring Valley Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts.  If it rains, it will be held at JFK School.

Peru will observe Memorial Day with a parade and ceremony Monday.  The parade is at 11am at Washington Park with the service to follow.  The Parade Marshall is Robert Ankiewicz.   It’ll feature the Peru Boy Scout Troop 123 and performances by the LP High School Band, soloist Brandon Czubachowski, and the Peru Municipal Band.  The program is dedicated to Hank Ellerbrock.

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Senator Durbin to visit La Salle Veteran’s Home

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2011

People living in the La Salle Veteran’s Home will receive a special visitor this Memorial Day.  Democratic U-S Senator Dick Durbin is stopping by the home Monday at 3:15pm to meet with local veterans.  Earlier in the day he’ll speak at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day Program.

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Ill. lawmakers: Buckle up in back Seat

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois lawmakers want tougher rules for using safety belts.

They’ve approved legislation that would require passengers in the back seats of cars and trucks to wear seat-belts.

The new requirement was approved by the Illinois Senate 30-23 Friday evening. It had already passed the House, so now it goes to the governor.

Some lawmakers consider it unnecessary government intrusion.

Senate President John Cullerton said a vote for back seat safety belts was a vote for saving lives.

In Illinois, 38 back seat passengers not wearing seatbelts died in 2009.

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Streator Park Fest continues

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2011

You’ll find a carnival and food booths at Streator Park Fest.  The festival features a carnival and food stands at Streator City Park.  It wraps up Sunday with a family movie night.


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Congressman Kinzinger happy with PATRIOT Act extension

Posted by wlpo on May 27, 2011

Just as it was set to expire, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed a reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act.

Area Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger says he supports the four-year extension that was approved Thursday.  He says even with the death of Osama bin Laden, the fight against terrorism isn’t over.  He says the government must maintain aggressive efforts to protect and defend against any potential terrorist enemies.

The House and Senate votes were by wide margins and came after the rejection of efforts to change the legislation by both conservatives and liberals who thought that government use of the terrorism-hunting powers infringed on personal liberties.

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