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High Temperatures Around Triple Digits

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2012

How hot did your temperature gauge get up to?

According to the National Weather Service, one person got to 97 degrees in Peru.  The temperature in Pontiac reached 99 while in Morris an observer saw it hit 95.  With the humidity and dew point, it actually felt well over 100 in the listening area.

High temperatures in the 90s are expected to last at least another week.

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State regulators suspend Peru doctor’s license

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2012

It will be at least one year before a doctor in Peru will be allowed to resume his practice.  The Illinois Department of Professional Regulations has suspended the physician and surgeon license and controlled substance license of Jason Bergandi.  The suspension is indefinite for a minimum of twelve months.

They say Bergandi didn’t comply with terms and conditions of agreement with Department.  Bergandi is an orthopedic surgeon.

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Congressman Kinzinger says he’s disappointed by Supreme Court health care ruling

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court has settled the legal argument over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Republicans from presidential candidate Mitt Romney to lawmakers on Capitol Hill will keep pushing for repeal.

Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger says the question shifts from is the health care plan constitutional to is it feasible.  He says he’s disappointed by the ruling.

He says the health care law ends on November 6, referring to the General Election and a Romney presidential win.

Kinzinger’s district includes La Salle, Bureau and Putnam Counties.  He faces Democrat Wonda Rohl in the November election.

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Fire Snarls I-80 Traffic

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2012

Eastbound traffic of Interstate 80 near Princeton was backed up for over a half hour this morning because of a fire.

Calls to police started coming in around 8:50 for heaving smoke coming from the southside of the interstate near the Interstate 180 intersection.  It was a grass fire that was brought under control just after 9:30.

Eastbound traffic was being rerouted off 80 into Princeton.

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Healthcare Mandate Upheld

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) – The individual mandate survives.

The Supreme Court has upheld the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — ruling in favor of the requirement that most Americans can be required to have health insurance, or else pay a penalty.  The decision means the historic overhaul will continue to take effect over the next several years, affecting the way countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.

The court’s four liberal justices, Stephen Bryer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, joined conservating leaning John Roberts in the outcome.

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Attempted Child Abduction In Streator

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2012

Has someone really been trying to kidnap children in Streator or have people grown paranoid?  Police have taken at least three calls about attempted kidnappings in a week’s time.

The most recent report came in late Thursday morning involving a man with a goatee driving a white mini van with possibly Michigan plates.  If you have any information, call the Streator Police Department.

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Heat Advisory In Effect

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2012

If you had outside plans today, be smart and reschedule them.

A Heat Advisory is in effect for the listening area with high temperatures today expected to top 100 degrees.  When you throw in the humidity, it could feel as warm as 110 in some spots.

The National Weather Service believes many temperature records could be broken.

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Places To Get Out Of The Heat

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2012

If you need to escape the heat, Illinois Valley Community Hospital is an option.

The hospital in Peru is opening it’s cafeteria as a cooling center for anyone to use.  Officials say the cafeteria becomes a cooling center whenever its 90 degrees or warmer.

Department of Human Services offices in Princeton and Ottawa are also open as cooling centers.

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Chicago Lightens Up On Marijuana Smokers

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago City Council has approved allowing police officers to ticket people found with small amounts of marijuana instead of arresting them.

Aldermen voted 43-3 in favor of the ordinance Wednesday. Anyone in possession of 15 grams of marijuana – roughly the equivalent of 15 marijuana cigarettes – faces a fine between $250 and $500. Both Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy support the ordinance.

Several aldermen say the new law will make more police available for street patrols instead of processing minor offense paperwork. Alderman Danny Solis, who sponsored the measure, estimates $7 million a year in revenue.

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Expansion planned for Peru resale store

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2012

A sign of a strong business is the need for more space.  The resale shop Lily Pads in Peru has plans to double in size.  The non-profit raises money for the PADS Homeless Shelter.

Store officials have asked the city to waive any building permit fees which the city will likely do.  The store sells household items, collectables, clothing and random stuff.

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