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Village Board Updated On Route 178 Construction

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2011

Driving in and right around Utica these days means dealing with a lot of construction.  The man calling the shots says “extraordinary progress is being made”.

Herb Jung with IDOT updated the Utica Village Board last night on the construction project at the I-80 and Route 178 interchange plus the realignment of 178 around the downtown.  Jung says the contractor is pushing the job quickly and is taking advantage of every dry hour.

At the interchange, Jung says the northbound side of the overpass should be done around Labor Day.  Downtown, he says paving is well under way and part of the newly aligned road will be used later this month when they take the Mill Street Railroad crossing out of service.

Jung says so far the construction hasn’t caused major traffic issues during busy weekends in Utica.  He says by mid-July they’ll be far enough along to decide how to handle Burgoo traffic in the construction zones.

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Somonauk Woman Busted For Lying About Attack

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2011

After four months of investigating, deputies say a woman from Somonauk made up a story of being robbed and cut with a knife.

35 year old Tracy Wilkinson was arrested on a warrant this week for the misdemeanor of attempted filing of a false police report.  On February 7th, Wilkinson told investigators she was robbed cut with a knife while at a pond in Yorkville.  A search for a suspect turned up nothing.  Deputies say Wilkinson eventually admitted she made the story up.

Wilkinson is currently out of jail after posting bond.

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Open house and mapping meeting to be held at Lincoln School in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2011

Beautifying the downtown and attracting large businesses are some of the goals included in an action plan for La Salle.  “Mapping the Future of Your Community” is an effort involving people around town and the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.

After holding a series of meetings earlier this year, the group came up with an action plan complete with goals and strategies.  You can learn more about their ideas during a meeting in Lincoln School at 6:30am Thursday.

Before the meeting, the city is hosting an open house at 5pm and a performance by the municipal band at 5:30pm at the school.

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Energy company explains plans for high voltage transmission lines

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2011

A proposed route for a 500-mile-long high voltage direct current transmission line could be passing near your backyard.  The Rock Island Clean Line would start in Northwestern Iowa and pickup wind power from Northwestern Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota and deliver to an existing line near Morris.  It would pass through Bureau and La Salle Counties.

Hans Detweiler, the Director of Development for Clean Line Energy, says they’ve spent the last year talking with local and state officials and now they’re asking the people.

A final route would need to be approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Open houses explaining their plans are scheduled for Thursday at Bureau Valley High School from 11am-1pm and Friday from 7am-9am at the Mendota Civic Center and from 11:30am-1:30pm at White Oak Elementary School in Morris.

You can learn more about the proposal by listening to an interview available at the AM 1220 WLPO dot news page.

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Blagojevich proceedings done for day

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Proceedings have ended for the day at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption retrial.

Closings began Wednesday afternoon with federal prosecutor Carrie Hamilton speaking to jurors first. She spoke for an hour and a half and will resume Thursday morning.

After Hamilton finishes sometime Thursday, a defense attorney will get a chance to deliver closing arguments to the jury.

Hamilton on Wednesday told jurors that Blagojevich had lied to their faces during his six days testifying on the stand.

Blagojevich sat across the room, sometimes appearing upset. He shook his head occasionally and several times leaned over to whisper to his attorneys as Hamilton spoke.

Jurors are expected to begin deliberating a verdict after all closing arguments are made sometime Thursday.

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Princeton man faces charges after two women were injured

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2011

Trouble at an apartment in Princeton left two women injured and a man facing a handful of charges.

Police were called to an apartment on South Main Street shortly after 3am Wednesday where they say they found two women with puncture wounds outside.  One woman was hurt in the right shoulder while the other had an injury to her right forearm.  They were taken to Perry Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Inside the apartment, police arrested the man that lives there, Aaron Arbuckle.  He faces charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, aggravated domestic battery, and criminal damage to property.  Arbuckle was taken to the Bureau County Jail.

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Pair from Massachusetts indicted for cannabis charge

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2011

Felony cannabis charges had two men from Massachusetts indicted in La Salle County.  Chritos Koumasidis and Evangelo Koutounidis are each charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.  They were arrested along Interstate 80 in May, accused of having 10 pounds of marijuana in a duffle bag.  Their bonds were set at $75,000.

One man remains in the La Salle County Jail while the other has bonded out.

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