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Archive for June 27th, 2011

La Salle hires contractor for annual road program

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2011

Route 6 isn’t the only road in La Salle that’s being resurfaced this season.  Two to three miles of streets will be resurfaced as part of the general maintenance road program.

Len Trovero Construction was the lower of two bids at$502,278.  City Engineer Mike Furlan thinks work could start in four weeks.

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Governor Quinn signs seatbelt law

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2011

Do you ever wear a seatbelt while riding in the backseat?  It’ll become state law January 1st.

Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill Monday requiring everyone on the road to buckle up. The law currently requires back-seat passengers who are 19 and under to wear seat belts.

Exemptions from the law would be if you’re riding in the back-seat of a taxi, school bus, or ambulance.  Also anyone with a physical problem making it difficult to wear a seat belt is exempted.

State Representatives Frank Mautino and Pam Roth voted against the proposal as did Senator Sue Rezin.

The bill passed by seven votes in the senate and six votes in the house.

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Jury convicts ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich at retrial

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been convicted of 17 of the 20 charges against him, including all 11 charges related to his attempt to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.

Jurors deadlocked on one charge of attempted extortion in an alleged shakedown involving funding for a school in the district of then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel.

The jury found him not guilty of soliciting bribes in the alleged shakedown of a road-building executive. The panel deadlocked on a charge of attempted extortion on that same case.

Judge James Zagel has ruled that Blagojevich will be barred from traveling outside the northern district of Illinois without permission from the judge. A status hearing for sentencing was set for Aug. 1.

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San Francisco man arrested for marijuana charge in Utica

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2011

95 pounds of marijuana is what police say they found in a car stopped near Interstate 80.

Utica Police officers Friday evening pulled over Osvaldo Torriente of San Francisco, California near the Utica exit.  Police say the drugs were found after receiving assistance from state police troopers, state conversation police and TRIDENT.

Torriente was being held in the La Salle County Jail for possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

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Two Hurt In Ottawa Motorcycle Crash

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2011

Two bikers were hurt after crashing with a car in Ottawa.

Deputies say Mark Nixon of Earlville was on his motorcycle on Route 6 late Sunday afternoon when a drove around a car stopped on the road.  He was hit by Sarah Walters of La Salle who was turning into a driveway.

Nixon and his passenger Mary Nixon of Earlville were taken to Ottawa Regional Hospital.  No tickets were issued.

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One Area Benefit Concert In The Books

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2011

One down and at least one more to go for Lou’s La Grotto’s “Concerts for a Cause” series in 2011.

Over four thousand tickets were sold for this past Saturday night’s Trace Adkins and Eric Church show at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport.  Despite a steady rain, the show seemed to go without any major issues other than concert-goers getting stuck in the mud when trying to leave after the show.  Once proceeds are totaled up, Van Orin School will get some cash from the concert.

Tickets remain on sale meanwhile for the next La Grotto’s concert featuring “Big Time Rush” back at the airport on Saturday, August 13th.  Tickets are 40 dollars a person and are available at Lou’s La Grotto.

Proceeds from “Big Time Rush” will benefit the Peru Pool Fund.

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Gas Prices Continue To Dip

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2011

Gas prices are down 10 to 20 cents a gallon from last week.

According to, Sapp Bros in Peru, Love’s Travel Stop in Utica and Shell in La Salle have the lowest gas locally at 3.53 a gallon.  Gas is going for 3.55 a gallon at Fulmer’s BP and Hy-Vee in Peru, BP and Shell in Ottawa, and Road Ranger in Princeton.  Gas in Marseilles is 3.56 a gallon, 3.57 in Streator and 3.58 in Spring Valley.  Mendota continues to charge the most in the listening area at 3.67 a gallon.

Statewide, the cheapest gas is in Springfield at 3.28 a gallon while the most expensive prices are in Chicago at 4.50 a gallon.

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Storms On The Horizon

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2011

Keep your eyes to the sky today, it could be a stormy day.

The entire state of Illinois is under a slight risk for severe thunderstorms according to the National Weather Service.  In north central Illinois, thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon ahead of a cold front.  At this point, the weather service says super cells and tornadoes are possible with the probability of some storms having damaging hail and wind.

Heavy rain today could also lead to more flooding issues.

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