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Five people to be inducted into IVCC-LPO Hall of Fame

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2012

Some people leave an impact on their community and the people around them.  Five of them are being added to the Illinois Valley Community College -LPO Hall of Fame.

The fifth annual induction ceremony will include IVCC class of 1982 graduate Daniel Janka).  He’s the President of MAG Global.

LPO College alumni Evelyn Moyle, a former IVCC librarian and William Vlastnik of Vlatnik’s Menswear in Peru will be inducted.

Former La Salle County Farm Bureau President Malcolm Whipple and real estate developer Dick Janko will also be honored during a ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at La Salle-Peru High School’s Matthiessen Auditorium.

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Ottawa spa connected to a prostitution arrest closes

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2012

A spa in Ottawa accused of a shady practice is out of business.  A month after an employee was arrested on a prostitution charge; Spa RX no longer has a business license through the City of Ottawa.

The business license holder, Sun Chong, surrender the license before a hearing that was scheduled for Friday.  The woman that was arrested, Kyorg Mi Kim, has an April 16 court date.

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Auction and fundraiser Saturday for IVAR

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2012

Think of how much money you spend every year feeding and taking care of your pets.  Now think of how much it would cost if you were feeding and taking care of every stray animal in La Salle-Peru.  It’s not cheap that why the Illinois Valley Animal Rescue has building and care fund auction each year.

You can help pay for strays by bidding on items during live and silent auctions.  You can also enter raffles and buy food and drinks.

The fundraiser is from 5pm-9pm Saturday at Grand Bear Lodge in Utica.  Admission is free. Auction items include gift certificates, cat and dog baskets, Mother Goose Gardens memorabilia, and vintage items for collectors.

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Mega Millions Hysteria

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2012

If you haven’t bought your Mega Millions lottery ticket, you may have to wait in line.

Bob Ankiewicz with Ankiewicz’s Deli says they’ve had a line all morning for people wanting to buy a lucky ticket.  He says many of the buyers are first time customers who probably don’t regularly play the lottery.

The jackpot is well over $500 million.  The drawing is tonight.

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Area Student Collecting Food For Needy

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2012

For those of you wanting to hear positive stories about today’s kids how about the work 12-year old Adam Claggett is doing.

The Waltham School student is again holding an Easter food drive to benefit the needy.  Adam began the drive March 21st and is taking canned goods thru today at several spots including: Hy-Vee; IVCH; St. Margaret’s; Horizon House and Spring Valley Public Library.

Claggett held his first food drive in 2008.  Last Thanksgiving, his food drive collected over six thousand pounds of food and over 13 hundred dollars.

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Local Lawmakers Support Not Giving Up Facebook Passwords To Bosses

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois House wants to bar employers from asking workers and job applicants for access to
social media like Facebook.

The legislation passed 78-30 Thursday and now goes to the Senate. State Representatives Frank Mautino and Pam Roth support ban against Facebook snooping. Some employers, particularly law enforcement, have begun asking for passwords so they can review the online activities of job applicants.

Under the this law, workers could file lawsuits if pressured to  open up private accounts or they’re denied a job for refusing. Bosses  could still ask for usernames to view public information online, and  they can monitor work-owned computers.

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Ruling Made In Crash That Killed Longtime Dentist

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2012

An elderly man from Earlville has been found guilty of causing a crash that killed a retired Ottawa dentist.

75-year old Everett Olmstead was ordered to pay a thousand dollars in fine and court costs in the death of John Harbeck of Ottawa.  Olmstead was found guilty of improper passing.

Harbeck was out riding his bicycle with three other men last October north of Ottawa when he was hit by a grain truck driven by Olmstead.  The longtime dentist died at the scene.

His widow is suing Olmstead in civil court.

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Mendota Gets Official Word About Donnelley Closure

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2012

The city clerk in Mendota says she’s received federal notice that RR Donnelley will close and lay off 207 employees.

Emily McConville says the city has received a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter confirming the closure. Federal law requires employers with at least 100 employees give 60 days notice of mass layoffs or plant closings.

RR Donnelley officials still have not responded to requests for comment. The Mendota plant prints magazines and newsletters. It opened in 1992.

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