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Archive for February 26th, 2012

Influence to get into U of ILL

Posted by wlpo on February 26, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – A newspaper has identified more politicians who used their influence to get students into the University of Illinois. The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that several lawmakers backed applicants whose relatives donated to campaigns or represented groups that regularly contributed, among other things The Tribune first reported the existence of the so-called clout list in 2009. It was comprised of politically-connected students favored by lawmakers and trustees. The university has since implemented reforms and hired a new president. The newspaper says it’s identified about one-quarter of the 800 students who received preferential treatment from 2005 to 2009.  The list of politicians includes House Republican leader Tom Cross and Senate President John Cullerton. Both decline wrongdoing, saying they simply made calls to check on the status of good students.

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“Boob-a-palooza” Saturday

Posted by wlpo on February 26, 2012

Five groups of musical performers, including Dewey Oxburger, The Craigs and Mr. Blonde will perform Saturday for Betty’s “Boob-a-palooza III” at Seneca’s Oak Ridge. Funds raised during the eight hour event will go to Illinois Valley residents with cancer needing help with groceries, medicine, utilities, housing costs or other things. “Buffalo Wild Wings” and Lettercraft Printers are helping to sponsor the show with ten dollar advanced tickets at “Rudy’s Liquors”. Tickets are $15 dollars at the door. It starts at 5pm Saturday.

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Livingston County fatality – no ID yet

Posted by wlpo on February 26, 2012

After her car crashed into a tree and stopped in a creek, the woman driver apparently walked a mile before collapsing and dying. That’s what the Livingston County Sheriff’s office believes after called to the scene on 100 East Road about 8:30am yesterday (Saturday). Search and rescue teams – some from as far as Naplate – went looking the woman and found her body a mile south of the accident. Her Pontiac car, says the Sheriff’s office, was likely southbound on 100 East Road, crashed through a barricade for a closed bridge, struck a tree and came to rest in a creek. Livingston County Sheriff and Coroner continue to investigate. The Coroner has not releases the identity of the woman.

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Sears Holding

Posted by wlpo on February 26, 2012

Sears Holdings Corporation has announced plans to close six stores in Illinois, two months after the company got a $150 million tax credit for staying in Illinois. The stores include a Sears in Alton, a Sears Grand/Essentials in McHenry, Kmarts in Oak Lawn, Zion and Peru and a The Great Indoors store in Lombard. The company laid off 100 workers at its Hoffman Estates headquarters outside of Chicago earlier this month.

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Oglesby Council tours site

Posted by wlpo on February 26, 2012

It’s not often Oglesby city commissioners hold a meeting outside of their council chambers but they did this yesterday. About one dozen people met on the paths north of Lehigh Park to see mine reclamation work by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Along with closing off mine shafts on the north side of the Vermilion River, they’ve hired a contractor to backfill the slope north of the park in the old Boy Scout campgrounds. A set of pillars from an old bridge still need to be removed but otherwise the work is running ahead of schedule thanks to nice weather. Mayor Don Finley says it’s the city’s land. And though it’s been suggested, Finley says they haven’t yet talked about building a canoe landing or parking lot there. He says they’re still focusing on McPhedren Park.

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Home Garden and Lifestyle Show

Posted by wlpo on February 26, 2012

Our Home, Garden and Lifestyle show is open 10 – 4 today at Celebrations 150 in LaSalle. Thirty five exhibiters are showing off their products, services and in some cases, giving away prizes. Admission is free. Be sure to register as AM 1220 WLPO, 99-3 WAJK and 96-5 The Wolf are giving away one thousand dollars to be spent at any of the show’s sponsors. Lunch is available for a small cost. The show is the 12th annual and should fit in with today’s warm but windy weather.

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Unidentified woman update

Posted by wlpo on February 26, 2012

The Coroner has yet to release the name of a woman found dead a mile from a car crash Saturday in Northwest Livingston County. The Sheriff’s office said they were told of a car resting in a creek about three and one half miles southwest of Streator on 100 East Road at 8:30am yesterday. Authorities employed ten search and rescue teams – as far away as Naplate . She was found sometime later dead a mile south of the crash. The sheriff’s office believes the woman was southbound on 100 East Road, when she drove through a bridge barricade, struck a tree….her car coming to rest in a creek.

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