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Archive for June 23rd, 2011

Dept of Ag tackles gypsy months in DePue

Posted by wlpo on June 23, 2011

DePue is one of six sights the department of agriculture is targeting for gypsy moth treatment.

State officials plan to drop pheromone flakes in DePue either Friday or Monday.  The pheromone is a sexual attractant that will disrupt the mating of the gypsy moths.  Ag officials say it’s non-toxic to humans and animals and insects.

Gypsy moths feast on foliage of over 500 kinds of trees of shrubs.

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Area May unemployment rates continued to show improvement

Posted by wlpo on June 23, 2011

Unemployment rates for La Salle and surrounding counties are slowly improving.  The May unemployment rate for La Salle County was 9.6%, a slight improvement over April’s rate.

In Bureau County, May unemployment was 8.6% and in Putnam County, unemployment was 8.9%.  In each case, employment situation had improved since the same time last year.

Unemployment for the Ottawa-Streator area was 9.3% down more than two percent from the same time last year.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the area has lost professional-business service and government jobs over the past year.

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Peru mayor to recommend a new second ward alderman to the council

Posted by wlpo on June 23, 2011

A member of the Friends of the Peru Pool committee is being suggested for an open seat on the Peru City Council.

Mayor Scott Harl plans to recommend Sherry Myszak be appointed to the second ward seat last held by the late Joe Mikyska.  Mikyska died on May 12 following an extended illness.  Harl says he talked over his choice with Mikyska’s widow, Claudia.

Myszak was one of eight people to send a letter of intent and be interviewed by Harl.  In addition to being on the pool committee, she often attends city council meetings.

The city council plans to decide on Harl’s recommendation Wednesday evening.  If approved, Myszak will be sworn in that evening.

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LPHS superintendent Dr. Carter prepares to retire

Posted by wlpo on June 23, 2011

One week is all that’s left of Dr. Craig Carter’s run as superintendent of LP High School.  Carter is retiring after a career that began in Rockford and is ending after five school years at LP.

Carter says LP is a great place to be and he credits others at the school for helping their programs grow.

He says he’s also proud that they were able to increase the graduation rate by 10 percent, and offer more AP duel-credit courses that help students earn college credit while still in high school.

Curriculum Director Steven Wrobleski takes over as superintendent on July 1.  Carter says he’s confident Wrobleski will be good for the job and says he’ll be available if Wrobleski has any questions.

You can learn more by listening to an interview available at the AM 1220 wlpo news page.

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Deliberations Resume In Blagojevich Trial

Posted by wlpo on June 23, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Jurors are talking again at Rod Blagojevich’s corruption retrial.

Today is the jury’s ninth day of deliberations behind closed doors at the Dirksen Federal Building in downtown Chicago.
There’s still no sign the jurors are either choosing to take their time to be as thorough as possible or that they’re struggling
to reach consensus.

Blagojevich hasn’t been at the courthouse during deliberations. Judge James Zagel told him he didn’t have to be.

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ACLU Going After Bureau County Jail

Posted by wlpo on June 23, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – A man who spent a week in the Bureau County Jail says he was denied his prescribed medications for HIV, even though he asked for them repeatedly.

Arick Buckles of Chicago says officials at the jail in Princeton  told him the drugs cost too much. ACLU attorney John Knight says it’s a common problem in jails and prisons, partly because of the high cost of HIV drugs. Buckles’ drugs cost more than $2,000 a month.

Peoria-based Advanced Correctional Healthcare provides the Bureau County Jail’s medical services under a $35,000 annual contract. The company’s CEO, Dr. Norman Johnson, says HIV drugs are paid for by the county under the contract’s terms.

The Associated Press says Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson  hasn’t responded to repeated requests for comment.

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Pool Issues At Peru Y

Posted by wlpo on June 23, 2011

The water park at the Illinois Valley YMCA has closed for health and safety reasons.

The closure includes the water slide, kiddie pool, and lazy river.  They hope to have it reopened around 2 today.

Water walking has been cancelled for this morning.  The lap pool and physical therapy pool are still open.

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Unplanned Visitor At Ottawa City Hall

Posted by wlpo on June 23, 2011

A National Weather Service weather balloon crashed down on Ottawa’s city hall.

The balloon launched from the weather service office in Lincoln landed on the city hall Tuesday afternoon.  Police came to handle the balloon since it had a warning label of dangerous gas inside.  The parachute attached to the balloon was draped on the city hall’s northwest side.

Officers mailed the balloon back to the weather service.

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