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Archive for October 30th, 2012

New Polling Place Locator For La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2012

If you haven’t voted in the last few elections, your polling place may have changed without you knowing it.

New voter cards were mailed out last summer after redistricting.  If you lost your card, there’s another easy way to know your new voting spot.

For first time, the La Salle County Clerk’s Office has a polling place locator.  You can either click on an interactive map or enter your address and your polling place will pop up on screen.

Here is the polling place link:

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Law enforcement and lawmakers make a pitch for preschool funding

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2012

Don’t go swimming during an electrical storm and don’t stand on a swivel chair,  some of the practical advice preschool students in Andrea Ruiz’s class learned Tuesday from special guest readers.

Peru and La Salle Police Chiefs Doug Bernabei and Rob Uranich, La Salle County States Attorney Brian Towne, State Senator Sue Rezin and State Representative Frank Mautino took turns reading from the book, “Officer Buckle and Gloria.”

They were at Jackson School in La Salle to stress the importance of preschool programs that rely on state funding and how preschool could prevent children from ending up in trouble.  The La Salle Elementary Program is dependent on state money according to district superintendent Dan Marenda.  Enrollment is open to all preschool-aged La Salle children but preference is given to students considered at-risk.

It’s the at-risk student they’re with whom they are most concerned.  It’s part of the organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.    Representative Mautino, a democrat who’s up for re-election next week, says that early childhood education always takes a high precedent during appropriations.  He faces Republican challenger Don Jensen in next week’s election.

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Hennepin Woman Hurt After Crash On Peru Bridge

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2012

A chain reaction crash on the Route 251 bridge in Peru sent one woman to the hospital.

Lydia Ramirez of Hennepin and Brianne Sanders of Minonk were stopped for traffic Monday afternoon on the bridge when officers say James Blaydes of Oglesby slammed into Sanders.  The impact pushed Sanders into the back of Ramirez’s car.

Ramirez was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital.  Blaydes was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The crash held up traffic for about a half hour.

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