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Crash at West and Shooting Park Road in Peru injuries three

Posted by wlpo on December 27, 2011

Traffic is back to normal on Shooting Park Road in Peru after a crash that sent three people to an area hospital.

It happened at about 11:15am Tuesday at West Street and Shooting Park Road and briefly blocked traffic.  Three people were taken to St. Margaret’s Hospital with injuries that weren’t thought to be serious.  Both cars had to be taken away on flatbed trailers.

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Quinn hopes Sears won’t close stores in Illinois

Posted by wlpo on December 27, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn says it’s bad news that Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close up to 120 stores nationally after poor holiday sales. But he says the news doesn’t directly affect Sears’ agreement to keep its headquarters in Illinois.

Quinn says he hopes Sears won’t close stores in Illinois.

Sears’ decision to close stores was made public less than two weeks after Quinn signed legislation guaranteeing the company $15 million in tax breaks. The Hoffman Estates-based company had threatened to move its headquarters from the state.

Illinois Sen. Ira Silverstein says he feels betrayed by Sears. He says company officials should explain whether they knew about the potential store closings when lawmakers were considering the tax breaks.

Quinn and Silverstein spoke to reporters in Chicago after a Hanukkah event today.

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Record Year For Charity Christmas Light Display

Posted by wlpo on December 27, 2011

Christmas is over but you still have time to catch the Weber light display in La Salle.

For the fifth year in a row, Scott Weber has put together a light show set to music on Mary Senica Court off Route 6. As in past years, Weber is collecting food and monetary donations for the Illinois Valley Food Pantry. Since he started the light display on black Friday, Weber has collected 75 hundred dollars and 24 hundred pounds of food. Weber says the cash amount is a record.

The display will continues through New Year’s Eve.

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Local Theater Group Fundraising For New Roof

Posted by wlpo on December 27, 2011

Members of Stage 212 in La Salle are still raising funds in hopes of raising a new roof.

During a recent holiday show, around 20 thousand dollars was raised through ticket sales and donations. The Stage 212 Management Board says there’s no definite fundraising goal yet and they’re still considering options for the roof repair. They do expect to repair the roof sometime in 2012.

In the meantime, donations are still being accepted at the Stage 212 box office in downtown La Salle.

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Car Crashes Thru Exelon Gate

Posted by wlpo on December 27, 2011

Want to cause a stir? Try crashing the gates of a nuclear power plant.

Kevin Wegner of Plainfield was arrested for DUI yesterday morning after deputies say he crashed thru the main gate of the Exelon Nuclear Station in eastern La Salle County. He was also wanted on a warrant in Will County for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wegner and his passenger Nicholas Sass of Bolingbrook were both taken to Morris Community Hospital. Wegner was eventually released and taken to the La Salle County Jail.

Exelon security personnel say they didn’t consider the crash to be a security threat.

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Christmas morning fire damages Peru home

Posted by wlpo on December 26, 2011

It was a warm and toasty Christmas morning at a home in Peru but not in a good way.  Firefighters were called to a home on 3rd Street Sunday for an upstairs bathroom fire.

While the fire was extinguished quickly, the home was left was some damage.  The cause appears to be accidental.

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Crime Tip Line For Students Set Up In Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on December 26, 2011

If a student at Ottawa High School notices a problem, there’s a new way to tell police about it.

The school is working with the Ottawa Police Department in using a tip system called Tip 411. It’s a lot like Crime Stoppers where students can give police tips but remain anonymous.

One difference from Crime Stoppers is that Tip 411 won’t mean cash rewards for student tipsters.

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Holiday Closures Continue Today

Posted by wlpo on December 26, 2011

Closures for the Christmas holiday will continue through part of this week.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says all driver services facilities will remain closed on Monday. He says they’ll reopen Tuesday.

State officials say you can still visit the Secretary of State’s website to change an address, register to become an organ and tissue donor or renew license plate stickers by mail.

There’s also no mail today because it’s a federal holiday.

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Annual Christmas Tree Pickup In Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on December 26, 2011

Ready to put Christmas in the rearview mirror and rid yourself of the tree?

The city of Ottawa is once again offering a Christmas tree disposal program for people living in Ottawa. You can bring your trees to the Riordan Pool parking lot Saturday, January 7th. Trees will be taken from 9a-3p but can be left in the pool parking lot in advance.

The city provides bags to whoever wants to take chips for mulch. The disposal is free.

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Area Shelter Voted Best In Illinois

Posted by wlpo on December 26, 2011

Awards keep rolling in for area animal shelters.

Earlier in the month, Chris Ellberg with Illinois Valley Animal Rescue won a five thousand dollar “Hometown Hero” contest with Culver’s. Now there’s word that Friends of Strays shelter in Princeton has won a thousand dollars for being voted the top Illinois Animal Rescue site.

The cash can be used for care and rescue of pets.

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