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State Cracking Down On Tossed Electronics

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2011

Replacing your TV or computer this Christmas? Because of a law taking effect January 1st, you won’t just be able to throw old electronics out with your trash.

If you sit out a TV, computer or other electronics, La Salle County Environmental Services Director Mike Harsted says your garbage provider will leave a note saying they can’t pick it up and give you a number for a recycling company. As of January 1st, landfills can’t take electronics since the state’s worried about toxic chemicals from the electronics getting into groundwater.

Harsted says he’s busy working with cities and area garbage companies to set up electronic pickups next year. He says the county will do five, one-day pickups next summer.

The closest electronics recycling companies are in Dixon, Pontiac and Romeoville.

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Pet store protest attracts attention and honks in Peru

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2011

Shoppers driving in and out of the Peru Mall couldn’t miss the signs calling for an end to puppy mills.  About 100 people bundled up and held signs along the perimeter of the mall property Sunday to protest the store Furry Babies.

They say the store gets their animals from puppy mills and decided to organize a protest after an article in last week’s Newstribune.

Alyssa Gearhart and her parents were among the protesters on Wenzel Road.   Gearhart says she’s an animal lover who has also been involved with Illinois Valley Animal Rescue.

The protesters received many honks and thumbs up with only a few crude gestures.

Meanwhile inside of the mall, a Peru Police Officer just a few feet from the store just incase someone got out of hand.  Employees of the store insisted that the management had no comment.

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Blagojevich legacy

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2011

The aftershocks of Rod Blagojevich’s corruption and dishonesty will reverberate in Illinois and cloud
its reputation long after the disgraced governor reports to prison. Experts say reforms implemented after the scandal of a governor trying to auction off a U.S. Senate seat should prevent some
corruption. But there may also be a power shift to legislative leaders and independent political groups. State government is still swimming in rough economic waters left in the wake of debt and budget gimmickry dating back to Blagojevich, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison this week. Still, advocates say Illinois has one of the best records for providing health care to the young because of Blagojevich’s policies.

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Lighted Santa parade results

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2011

Deb Ladgenski, Spring Valley’s economic director, was pleased with the public’s response to the third annual “Lighted Santa parade” Saturday night. The parade stepped off from the high school after 6 and concluded in the mini park. Lighted Home contest winners were Deb Arroguin – first place and Bill Caldera and Daryl Wysocki. Lighted float winners were Wal-Mart Distribution Center – first place followed by Freedome House and the Cherry – Spring Valley boy scout troop 1055.

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LaSalle council’s agenda

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2011

LaSalle City council reconvenes Monday night at 7pm. A public hearing is scheduled on the annexation of the Pohar Family Development L.L.C. and a presentation will be given on the preliminary design for Phase 1 of Rotary Park. Several proposed ordinances are on the docket including several for the city’s TIF District 3.

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puppy mill protestors

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2011

At least one hundred protestors had gathered by early Sunday afternoon on the East side of Peru Mall. According to organizer, Tracy Ross, the group is raising awareness of “puppy mills” – breeders who raise dogs in inhumane, and yet legal, conditions. A News Tribune investigation looked into “Furry Babies” – a pet store in the Mall and questioned if the store got some of the dogs it sells from a “puppy mill”. Ross told AM 1220 WLPO from the site of the protest, the article educated many regarding inhumane dog breeders. Ross said it is NOT the goal of the group to shut down the store, but in her words, the store wanted to get its dogs from humane breeders, that’s fine with her.

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Another trial for Cellini?

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2011

Attorneys for a convicted Illinois powerbroker want two Chicago newspapers to turn over notes and tapes in a fight over a felon juror. Shortly after William Cellini was convicted November 1st of conspiring to shake down a Hollywood producer for a campaign donation, it was revealed that one of the jurors hadn’t told anyone before trial that she had two felony convictions. Cellini’s attorneys say that means their client deserves a new trial.

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Oglesby Christmas open house

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2011

If you’re looking for a reason to get out of the house today, visit the Dickinson House in Oglesby. The city’s holding a Christmas open house with free bowling and carriage rides. There will also be pictures with Santa and live music. Activities will occur between 3 – 6:30pm.

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local Wreaths across America

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2011

Three hundred wreaths were laid at veterans’ graves Saturday, but organizer Toni Lucas wants to do better next year. Lucas moved to LaSalle from Kentucky and started the local chapter of “Wreaths across America”. After a ceremony Saturday at the Veterans Home in LaSalle – attended by representatives of all military branches….festivities moved to Forest Lawn Memory Gardens for the laying of wreaths. The stands for the wreaths were provided by LP High School students. Lucas says fundraising is underway for next year. She says there are many more graves that have yet to receive a Christmas wreath. Lucas estimates a cost of $11,000 dollars to cover all veterans graves at Forest Lawn…and, of course, there are other cemeteries in the area as well. Lucas was quite pleased with the turnout Saturday at both locations.

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protest at Peru Mall

Posted by wlpo on December 11, 2011

Most people at the Peru Mall today will be shopping, but an expected two hundred persons will be protesting. Inspired by a News-Tribune investigation of “Furry Babies” store, protestors are trying to raise awareness into the health of some dogs sold by the store. Protestors says there’s evidence the retailer may obtain dogs from breeders who raise the animals in less than humane, although legal, conditions. The story in the News Tribune has drawn responses from readers – at least one claiming her experience as a customer was fine.

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