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Illinois National Guard troops to help with Irene

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois National Guard troops are heading east to help out in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Illinois Radio Network reports that the troops got word Saturday to be ready to move out if needed. IRN says about 160 troops will be on the East Coast to provide assistance. About 90 of those were dispatched from a base in Ohio, while others in Chicago, Decatur and Peoria also got the call.

Initially, about 1,000 troops were put on stand-by, but most have now been told to stand down.

The governor’s office says New York has agreed to reimburse Illinois

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Walk, Run, Bike for Red Cross expected to reach goal

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2011

The weather was perfect for the Walk, Run, Bike for the Red Cross.  More than 200 people were at Baker Lake Sunday helping to raise about $33,000.  Once all the team money is in, organizers think they’ll reach their goal of $35,000.

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Peru council to vote on sales tax increase tonight

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2011

The roads in Peru need a lot of work but is it worth an increase in sales tax?  That’s what city council members will have to answer when they vote on the half a cent increase tonight.

Mayor Scott Harl and many people in town think the tax increase is the best way to raise money to fix roads and sewers.  Others say the question should be on the ballot for voters.

The Peru City Council meets at 7:30pm.

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Man accused of crashing, leaving Corvette in grain field

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2011

You’re just asking to get arrested if you leave your car at the scene of the crash.  Jeremy Estes of Streator was arrested Sunday after his 2000 Chevy Corvette was found crashed in a grain field in Ottercreek Township.

He was arrested for leaving the scene and not reporting a crash and was released after posting bond.

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Police say alcohol involved in ATV crash

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2011

An ATV might seem like a toy but it’s not.  A man from Elburn is being treated for injuries after an ATV crash police think involved alcohol.

It happened Sunday evening in Mission Township.  Police say Timothy Schultz of Elburn and Brandon Krueger of Sandwich crashed.  Krueger was left with minor injuries but Schultz had to be flown out of Valley West Hospital in Sandwich to another hospital.  His condition was not available.

He was arrested for DUI and careless operation of an ATV.

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Coffee blamed for I-39 accident

Posted by wlpo on August 28, 2011

Sipping on a cup of coffee usually doesn’t distract you too much when you’re behind the wheel, unless you start choking.

Police say that’s what happened to Melvin Wilder of Oglesby late Saturday morning.  He was drinking coffee and started choking while driving a semi south on I-39 just south of Route 52.  He lost control of his truck and hit an embankment underneath North 31 Road.  The truck overturned, shutting down the southbound lanes.

Wilder was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital.

 

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Irene cancels flights at Chicago airports

Posted by wlpo on August 28, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Aviation officials say almost 400 flights have been canceled at both of Chicago’s airports because of Tropical Storm Irene.

Airlines canceled more than 300 flights at O’Hare International Airport and around 70 at Midway International Airport yesterday.

Chicago’s Department of Aviation says most of the cancellations are due to East Coast weather conditions. There aren’t any delays.

More than 11,500 flights have been canceled nationwide.

Weather officials downgraded Irene from a hurricane to a tropical storm yesterday as the storm’s winds lost speed.

As a hurricane, Irene had already unloaded more than a foot of water on North Carolina, spun off tornadoes in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, and left 4 million homes and businesses without power. At least 18 people died in the storm.

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O’Hare and Irene

Posted by wlpo on August 28, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene is causing problems for travelers in Chicago. Officials at both of the city’s airports nowsay about 250 flights were canceled on Sunday mostly due to weather conditions on the East Coast. That’s about 200 flights at O’Hare International Airport and about 50 at Midway International Airport.

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Revamped Waterway Visitors Center

Posted by wlpo on August 28, 2011

When the Illinois River floods at Starved Rock, the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center should be relatively unaffected. Gary Shea is lead ranger at the Center located two miles east of Route 178 at Utica. Shea said a new addition that is well above flood stage will now contain offices and the auditorium. Shea says new exhibits are in place and the center will likely host more “Bald Eagle” programs next February. Offices and the auditorium were previously in the basement. In the past, Shea said, flooding would fill the basement, upwards of three times a year, forcing the the center to close for cleaning.

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Rural King official opening

Posted by wlpo on August 28, 2011

An ad in the News Trib and The Times indicates “Rural King” is officially opening Monday. It’s LaSalle Peru’s first business aimed primarily at farmers in quite some time. Preparations to open have been underway for over a month. Rural King is a chain of stores mostly in the Midwest . The Peru location is in the old Econo Foods Store on 38th Street . A “grand opening” sale is planned for September 1 – 4.

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