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Archive for February, 2012

Ethanol Tanker Rolls On Interstate 80 In Bureau County

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2012

A reminder if you’re taking Interstate 80 west through Bureau County, Hazmat crews were standing by for a tanker truck that was leaking ethanol.  The truck overturned just east of the Route 40 exit late Tuesday morning.

Police say the ethanol in the damaged tanker was being pumped into another tanker so they could clear the crash.

The person driving the truck was injured.  Police haven’t yet given out a name or the name of the trucking company.

 

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Spa In Ottawa Allegedly Offering Up Sex

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2012

The oldest profession in the world has a woman in trouble in Ottawa.

51 year old Kyong Mi Kim of Pennsylvania was arrested Monday for prostitution.  Police say she worked at the Spa Rx on Columbus Street, just north of the old Kmart building.

Detectives say the arrest comes after a month long investigation where they received several complaints that prostitution was happening at the Spa.

Kim posted 150 dollars bond and was released.  She has an April 16th court date.

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Rear-End Collision Sends Two From Area To Hospitals

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2012

Two area men were hurt after a rear-end crash in Newark.

Deputies say Raymond Marshall of Ottawa was driving south on Route 71 Monday morning when crashed into the back of Howard Sibert of Peru who was stopped in traffic.  Sibert was taken to Valley West Hospital while his passenger, Mark Bickel of Ottawa was taken to Ottawa Regional Hospital.

Marshall wasn’t hurt but was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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Peru to host electronics recycling collection

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2012

The days of setting your old TV set on the curb are over.  You can no longer legally toss out electronics, including DVD players and computers.  Those items have to be recycled.

The City of Peru is hosting an electronics recycling collection Saturday from 9am until 1pm at City Hall.

They’ve contracted with Vintage Tech of Romeoville to take items like TVs, phones, computer parts, video games and more.  They’ll also take small household items such as microwaves and vacuum cleaners without bags.

They won’t take big items like refrigerators and stoves.  The collection is free.

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La Salle County Broadcasting offering scholarship

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2012

If you have a kid that’s about to graduate from high school, you’re probably wondering how to pay for their college education.

La Salle County Broadcasting Corporation, Miller Group Charitable Trust and the Illinois Broadcasters Foundation are offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student who plans to study broadcast or a related field.

It’s open to students who live in Bureau, La Salle and Putnam Counties and plan to attend an Illinois university or college.

Applications are available at http://www.am1220wlpo.com under extended content.

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IEPA approves new schedule for DePue superfund site

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2012

The people of DePue haven’t forgotten about the New Jersey Zinc-Mobil Chemical Superfund site and neither has the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

CBS Corporation and the ExxonMobil Corporation, or the DePue Group, are responsible for the clean up.  The state has agreed to a schedule on when different phases of the work should be done.

Maggie Carson is with the Illinois EPA.  She says the schedule needs to be enforceable.

Carson says they want the DePue group remove the contamination in a timely manner.

The DePue group is supposed to submit a Design Study in early March and a revised human health risk assessment for Lake DePue by the end of March.

You can learn more by listening to an interview that’s available at the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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La Salle County Sand Mines Wait For State Approval

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2012

Two proposed sand mines in La Salle County are moving ahead.

Mississippi Sand, LLC and Illinois Sand Company both have filed mining permit applications with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  The DNR now has 120 days to decide on the applications.

The Mississippi Sand project would include 190 acres of mining just east of Starved Rock State Park.  The La Salle County Board voted 20 to 6 in favor of it despite plenty of opposition from environmental groups and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon.

Illinois Sand project covers 564 acres of land along the Osage curves east of Utica.  The Utica Village Board voted 5 to 1 in favor of the mining project after the village’s planning commission voted unanimously against it.

Both companies hope to start mining later this year.

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Peru ready to sign off on new Olive Garden

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2012

It’s not too soon to begin planning your first dinner at the new Olive Garden in Peru.

Construction of the restaurant near Kohl’s is completed.  Peru Building Inspector Frank Taylor and an inspector from the health department were to visit the site Monday.  Taylor says he’s ready to issue a certificate of occupancy.

The restaurant will be the site of the Mayor’s Association Dinner on March 25.  It’s expected to be open March 26.

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Early Voting Underway

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2012

You can officially head to the polls.

Today marks the start of early voting for Illinois’ primary election, and it’s available until March 15. Voters don’t need a reason to vote early in the Democratic and Republican primaries. The primary election in Illinois is March 20.

Registered voters must show a current driver’s license or valid photo ID to participate. Early voting locations are in county clerk offices.

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Area Gas Price Rundown

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2012

Is gas high enough that you’re actually changing your driving habits?

According to IllinoisGasPrices.com, you can get gas for 3.63 a gallon in Ottawa at BP stations, Road Ranger and Marathon.  In Peru, gas is going from 3.65 to 3.69 a gallon, similar to stations in La Salle, Mendota and Princeton.  Gas has hit 3.78 a gallon in Oglesby according to the gas price site.

The average price for unleaded gas in Illinois is 3.75 a gallon.  The highest gas in Illinois is 4.19 a gallon in downtown Chicago.

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