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Senate Leaders Speak At Local Chamber Event

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2012

“A very good year”, and “moving ball in right direction” is how two top lawmakers in Springfield describe the recently finished session.  If you work in education, public safety or human services you may disagree.

Senate President John Cullerton and Senate minority leader Christine Radogno were featured speakers at yesterday’s Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce legislative luncheon.  Both talked about making tough cuts in education, public safety and human services in order to pass a bi-partisan, balanced budget. Cullerton says the budget awaiting the governor’s approval has 1.4 billion dollars in cuts.

Radogno gave her party a lot of credit for a balanced budget saying they were able to stop the governor’s plans to borrow more money.  She called Medicaid reform a bi-partisan success story.

Cullerton and Radogno sounded optimistic that they could reach a pension resolution as well very soon.

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Teen Sentenced For Taking Gun Into Princeton High School

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2012

The teen who walked into Princeton High School with a loaded shotgun has received his sentence.

18-year old Blake Schmidt of Princeton was given four years in prison after he pled guilty to a class 3 felony of unlawful use of a weapon.  He is eligible for the state’s Impact Incarceration Program which is like a four to six month boot camp.  If Schmidt finishes that with no issues that would count as him serving prison time.

Schmidt was arrested last November after he walked into Princeton High School with a loaded shotgun as classes were getting out.  After about an hour of negotiating, he surrendered his weapon.  He never pointed the loaded gun at anyone.

Schmidt testified that he didn’t take his meds that day and still isn’t sure why he went to Princeton high with a loaded gun.

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Peru alderman wants to sell 50-50 tickets for fireworks

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2012

If you’ve worked for a charity or not profit you’d know an easy way to bring in quick cash is a 50/50 raffle.  And that’s just what Peru Alderman Rodney Perez thinks they should do to raise money to buy fireworks.

Perez’s new fundraising effort called “Adopt-a-Boom” will likely have somebody selling 50/50 tickets at the July 3 fireworks.  Perez proposed the program so fewer tax payer dollars would have to be spent on fireworks.

Perez told the city council Wednesday night he wants to hold the raffle and didn’t know if he needed council approval.  While he’s uncomfortable with the money going to the rec committee to buy the fireworks, he says he’s okay with the money going into a city fund earmarked for fireworks.

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Flag Day ceremony to be held in Peru

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2012

Have an old tattered American flag?  Bring it to a ceremony in Peru.

The city of Peru, Peru American Legion, Peru Veterans Memorial Group and Boy Scout Troop 123 will retire distressed flags at 5:45pm Thursday in Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Thursday is Flag Day in the U.S.

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Cocaine charges for two people in Streator

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2012

Police think they’ve taken a couple cocaine pushers off the street.

Members of Tri-Dent along with parole officers paid Robert Frederick and Rosa Franko a visit in their Streator home Tuesday.  The pair allegedly had 60 grams of cocaine and a handgun.

Both were arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.  Frederick was also busted for possession of a firearm by a felon.   Frederick and Franco were taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Explosion Injures One At Bureau County Highway Department

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2012

An explosion at the Bureau County Highway Department building left a man injured.  The man was apparently using a cutting torch to remove the top from a 55-gallon steel drum according to Princeton Fire Chief John Petrakis.

Firefighters were called to the shop at 8:50am Wednesday.  Petrakis says there wasn’t a smoke, fire or chemical hazard.  Petrakis says the steel drum had at one point contained hydraulic oil.

The injured man was taken to Perry Memorial Hospital.  His name and condition weren’t available.

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Dalzell Cool On Concert Idea

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2012

A zoning board in Dalzell isn’t excited about hosting big-name music acts.

According to the NewsTribune, zoning members last night unanimously turned down a special use permit for concert promoter Merry Noonan.  Noonan wants to start having concerts on farmland north of St. Bede Academy near a subdivision.

Several people showed up to last night’s zoning meeting to speak in opposition of Noonan’s proposal.  A petition against the special use also was turned in.

The Dalzell Village Board meets tonight and is expected to take up the concert issue.

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