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Sewer near downtown La Salle in need of emergency work

Posted by wlpo on October 17, 2011

The sewer at Canal and Marquette Streets in La Salle has almost collapsed.  The city is bringing a contractor in to repair it before it does.

City Engineer Mike Furlan says he’s talked to someone who might be able to fix it this week.  He described the sewer as having a steel plate over it that is bowing.  Not to far away on Canal the sewer has collapsed.

Because they’re calling it an emergency, the job isn’t being put out for bids.

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La Salle approves changes for on-call firefighters and EMS

Posted by wlpo on October 17, 2011

Why can’t a person who lives out of town but works in town be a volunteer firefighter in La Salle?  The La Salle Fire Chief thinks they should and the city council has agreed with him.

Allowing paid-on call firefighters live outside of town is one of several changes the city council approved Monday night.  Chief Andy Bacidore says they have enough people to cover their calls but he wants to make sure they aren’t passing up talented people do to the restriction.  He says people from La Salle will be considered first.

Another change is to pay paid-on call EMS $24 per day on the weekends so they’ll be close by if they’re needed.  A step has also been removed from the hiring processes.  Instead of needing city council approval, a new paid-on call firefighter or EMS will only need the approval of the chief, mayor and head of the committee.

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World Dance Record Attempt In Peru

Posted by wlpo on October 17, 2011

In the spirit of Halloween and in memory of Michael Jackson, it’s time to help set a world dance record in Peru.

For the second year in a row, people in Peru will be part of a simultaneous dance of “Thriller”.  MJ fans are trying to set a world record.  Last year, the local dance was at Peru’s Centennial Park.  This year dancers are gathering October 29th at 4:30 outside Illinois Valley Community Hospital’s 6th street office building.

Practice sessions will be this Thursday and next Thursday in the office building along with the day of the dance.

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Drugs Involved In Bank Robbery Arrest

Posted by wlpo on October 17, 2011

Drugs may have been behind the recent bank robbery in Ohio.

When Brian Gallagher of Ohio was arrested Thursday at a home in Amboy, four other people were arrested in the same house for drugs.  Investigators say they found hypodermic needles, cocaine, and heroin hidden in various spots.  Officials think Gallagher robbed Citizens First State Bank for money to buy drugs out of Chicago.

Gallagher’s case is being handled by the U.S. District Court in Peoria.

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One Area Swimming Pool Gets State Approval

Posted by wlpo on October 17, 2011

By time the Oglesby pool opens up next year, they’ll have new drain covers that meet state standards.

The outdoor was one of many put on a list to close by the Illinois Department of Public Health because of suction issues.  Mayor Don Finley says they finally got the permit to put in new drain covers last week.  He says the process to get the permit was frustrating since the state wanted all kinds of details met down to how long screws were.

All pools at the Illinois Valley YMCA are still closed until further notice.

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Sheriff: Solid leads in effort to ID Gacy vicitms

Posted by wlpo on October 17, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says his office has received promising leads in the effort to identify eight victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Dart announced last week that detectives had exhumed the remains of the eight unidentified victims for DNA testing. The sheriff hopes people whose loved ones disappeared in the 1970s when Gacy killed 33 young men and boys will undergo saliva tests to compare their DNA with DNA recovered from the victims’ bones.

Dart said Monday that about 70 families who fit the profile of Gacy’s known victims – young, white males who lived or worked in the Chicago area – have come forward. He says DNA tests have been conducted on families of two young men, which have been sent to a lab in Texas.

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Marching Cavaliers to hold Parent’s Night

Posted by wlpo on October 17, 2011

The lights will be shining at Howard Fellow’s Stadium Thursday night as the LP Marching Cavaliers prepare for a big weekend.

Thursday night from 7:30 to 9 pm is “parent’s night.” Band parents, and family and friends of the band will be able to watch the band rehearse.

The band will play during the final home football game Friday night and then head to Frankfort for a competition at Lincoln-Way East High School.

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Burning allowed but with restrictions in Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on October 17, 2011

Before you set that pile of leaves on fire, remember your city probably has restriction on how you can burn.

In Spring Valley you’re not allowed to burn on the streets and alleys and on Mondays.  Also make sure the fire at least 20 feet from your house or someone else’s its ok to burn from 8 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Sunday.

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La Salle Council to discuss residency requirements for fire/ems

Posted by wlpo on October 17, 2011

Sometimes when you work for a city you’re required to live in that city or within so many miles of it.  They’ll be talking about residency requirements for on-call fire and EMS workers in La Salle Monday night.

They’ll also talk about sewer work at Canal and Marquette Street and an east side lift station.

The La Salle City Council meets at 7pm.

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School Limiting Student Bathroom Breaks

Posted by wlpo on October 17, 2011

EVERGREEN PARK, Ill. (AP) – Do you think students ask to go to the bathroom just to screw around and miss class time?

Students at one suburban Chicago high school might have to hold it or risk staying after school. A policy at Evergreen Park High School gives students three restroom visits during class per semester. After that, they have to make up any missed class time after school.

Principal Bill Sanderson says the policy is designed to make sure students don’t miss valuable class time. He says it deters
them from using restroom visits as an excuse to miss class. Each teacher gets to decide whether to enforce the policy in
their classes.

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