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Archive for June 26th, 2011

Blago retrial – behind closed doors

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2011

(AP) – The second corruption trial of impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich unfolded as a stripped down, easier-to-follow version of the first deadlocked trial. The thinking was it would get over and done quicker. But as jurors enter their tenth day of deliberations Monday, the retrial’s turning into another long wait. Jurors meet behind closed doors in a 25th floor jury room overlooking Lake Michigan. So it’s impossible to know for sure what’s happening. But legal experts say there are several possible scenarios. It’s possible retrial jurors are simply being meticulous in going over the evidence. But there’s also a chance holdouts are digging in against the majority. Blagojevich has denied all the charges, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.

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H-I-V Testing Monday

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2011

Some diseases don’t have obvious symptoms and HIV is one of them. You won’t know until you get tested. If you know somebody that you think needs to be tested, let them know that the LaSalle County health department is offering free HIV counseling and testing during this year’s National HIV Testing Day for LaSalle County. Monday, they will be offering the 20 minute Ora Quick rapid HIV test to the public as part of the day. This is the 18th annual HIV Testing Day campaign. The goal of the campaign is to identify people who are HIV positive and don’t know it so they can receive treatment. Appointments will not be necessary and all walk-ins will be welcome from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

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Mautino speaks to BFA

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2011

State Representative Frank Mautino will give an update on the Vermillion River access this Wednesday evening at 7pm in the LaSalle VFW hall. This gathering is part of the Better Fishing Association of Northern Illinois monthly meeting. BFA board members will meet at 6 prior the regular public meeting at 7pm. You do not need to be a member to attend.

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M-P Retired Teachers bus trip

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2011

They won’t lecture you, but you’re welcome to join the Marshall-Putnam retired Teachers as they learn about Lincoln July 26th. The group’s summer trip will visit the Presidential Museum and the Lincoln Home in Springfield.Trip-goers will be picked up at Putnam County High School and in the Varna parking lot. The cost is $35 covering museum fees and transportation. The public is welcome. If interested, call Cheryl Randolph By July 7.

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Rt 52 – Motorcycle

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2011

Charges may be filed in a fatal crash last week near Norway. 52-year old Glen Anderson of Shorewood was killed after being hit on his motorcycle by Alfredo Ascenio of Plainfield. Anderson was then hit by another car. Ascenio was initially ticketed with failing to obey a stop sign but a more serious charge or charges could be coming according to the LaSalle County States Attorney’s Office.

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Monday Ladd water shut-off

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2011

Due to water main work in Ladd, there will be a water shut-off at 8am Monday. The ONLY area affected will be the 100 blocks of North and South Peru Avenue. Call the Ladd Village Clerk’s office for more information – 894-2440.

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Seneca Route 6 closure

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2011

A mile and a half stretch of Route 6 will be closed in Seneca. IDOT is replacing a bridge which means Route 6 starting a half mile east of Route 170 is closing Monday. The road closure is expected to last until August 15th. Detours will be posted during the bridge replacement.

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Adkins + Church perform

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2011

A rainy night didn’t dampen the scene of the latest Lou’s La Grotto “Concerts for a Cause”. An estimated crowd of around four thousand stood and danced in the rain to hear Eric Church and Trace Adkins. Church took the stage at the Peru airport around 8:20 with his signature shades and trucker hat. He began with the song “Before She Does” which established right away you were at a country show with god, bible and beer in the opening lyrics. Church finished his set after an hour with his signature song “Smoke a Little Smoke”. Just before 10 o’clock, the headliner Adkins took the stage, quickly belting out well known songs like “Hillbilly Bone”, “Chrome” and “Swing”. He finished his performance a little after 11 o’clock with “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and a cover of Foreigners “Dirty White Boy”. Adkins surprised the crowd by taking off his cowboy hat to end the concert. Proceeds from last night’s show will benefit Van Orin School. There isn’t an exact number yet of how much money was raised at the concert.

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