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Lanes reopen after semi accident on I-80

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2012

If you took Interstate 80 through Bureau County you could have been left sitting in traffic after a semi truck crash near Princeton.

It happened Friday afternoon east of Princeton near a construction zone.  Lanes of the interstate were reopened around 2:30pm.  You’ll hear more as it’s made available.

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LP Cavs to play in state championship

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2012

The LP Cavaliers baseball team will be playing for a state championship.  The Cavaliers outscored Troy 5 to 2 Friday at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

Mike Lynch got the win with Noah Lamboley getting the final out for the save.

The Cavaliers will face Chicago Heights Marian.  You can hear the title game Saturday morning on AM 1220 WLPO.  First pitch is scheduled for 11am.

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Band Director Running For County Board Seat

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2012

A longtime local band leader is looking to make some music in politics.

Larry Butkus of Peru will run as a Republican in November for the District 10 La Salle County Board seat.  Democrats don’t have a candidate for that seat.  Butkus directs the Peru and Oglesby Municipal Bands and has also taught music at Peru Schools and Illinois Valley Community College.

Republican Bob Vickrey currently represents the 10th District.  He’s giving up the seat to run for La Salle County Circuit Clerk.  He’s running against Democrat Andy Skoog.

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LaMoille Buffalo Days Are Back

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2012

A decade old tradition is back in LaMoille.

Buffalo Days returns with three full days of activities.  Starting later this afternoon, the beer tent opens along with kid’s games, a mechanical bull, and petting zoo.  Tonight there is a bean bag tournament, live music and a fireworks display.

Saturday there’s a run, parade, fireman’s water fights and free movie.  LaMoille Buffalo Days ends Sunday with a breakfast, church service, tug-of-war and auction.

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Teenage Girls Accused Of Vandalizing Streator City Park

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2012

According to investigators, vandalism to a park in Streator involved girls behaving badly.

Streator Police say three teenage girls spray painted city park last week.  The 16, 14, and 13 year olds were arrested for criminal damage to property.

Investigators say the teens spray painted picnic tables and the sidewalk areas near the veteran’s memorial.  For evidence sake, thankfully the vandals left the spray cans at the park.

Streator’s Public Works Director estimates the cost of cleaning up after the vandalism cost 500 dollars.

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High Court Throws Out Republican Redistricting Complaint

Posted by wlpo on June 8, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected a challenge from Republicans who claimed a Democratic-drawn
legislative map was unconstitutional.

The decision on Thursday was 4-3 and split along party lines. The justices did not give a written explanation. House Minority Leader Tom Cross and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno filed a complaint in February claiming that the maps drawn by Democrats were gerrymandered to benefit the party and violated the state constitution.

Cross and Radogno issued a joint statement Thursday. They say the decision is unfortunate and is evidence of the need for redistricting reform in the state. Political boundaries are redrawn every 10 years based on U.S. Census data.

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