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Oglesby boil order lifted

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2012

Oglesby Commission Dennis Yborra told AM 1220 WLPO news at Noon Sunday that a boil order issued earlier this weekend has NOW been lifted.

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this could be a problem

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2012

The financially troubled Xenia rural water district in central Iowa is struggling with a new challenge – finding someone to replace the utility’s only licensed operator, who resigned after being charged with murder. Twenty-eight-year-old Joshua Powell of Ogden quit Wednesday. He’s accused of strangling his wife last Saturday and is being held in the Boone County Jail on $2 million bond.

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step up in campaigning

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2012

The campaigns to win Illinois’ most competitive congressional races are coming down to the wire, featuring negative ads, shifting positions and millions of dollars pouring in from national organizations. Among Illinois’ most volatile campaigns is the battle between freshman U.S. Representative Joe Walsh, an outspoken tea party favorite, and Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran.

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Kat’s perspective on Hurricane Sandy

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2012

New York City has a challenge in the first half of this week. Hurricane Sandy will likely combine with two winter weather systems to create a hybrid superstorm. Miller Media President, Joyce McCullough’s daughter, Kat, works for CNN in New York. Kat told us she had just returned from purchasing non perishable food and had filled every container in the house with water. Could this storm close the New York Stock Exchange? Kat stated that the Stock Exchange is in an area likely to be evacuated first if dangerous condition unfold. Kat McCullough will be likely be working long hours at CNN Headline News in New York and may be seen on camera from time to time.

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disturbances lead to arrests

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2012

County deputies look into two disturbances Saturday.  Just after 4am, deputies responded to a disturbance near Rutland in the panhandle of the county. 23-year old Lucas James Timmerman of Minonk was charged with reckless driving after deputies say he rammed the back end of a car he was following into a driveway. Timmerman was also charged with DUI and released on a notice to appear.  After 10:30pm yesterday (Saturday), deputies looked into another disturbance west of Earlville on North 46th Road. 45-year old Rickard Little of Earlville was taken to the county jail on charges of domestic battery, unlawful possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

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Ottawa Claims Big Savings From Electric Aggregation

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2012

If you live in rural La Salle County and are unsure about voting yes or no for electric aggregation, maybe listen up to what’s going on in Ottawa.

According to a press release from the city of Ottawa, electric users at homes and at small businesses have saved nearly 400 thousand dollars on electric bills between July and September.  That comes out to roughly 29 percent less per bill.

If you recently opened a business or changed your address in Ottawa, expect an “opt-out” mailing next week.  So far the city says 95 percent of electric users have decided to not opt-out and let the city shop around for lower rates thru aggregation.

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Ottawa High School Board And Teachers Negotiating

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2012

After a contentious strike in 2009, it’s time to negotiate a new contract for Ottawa High School teachers.

The Ottawa High School Board is meeting in closed session next Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning to discuss negotiations.  No action is expected.

Three years ago today, teachers were in their 3rd week of a strike at Ottawa High because of salary and insurance.  Sixteen classroom days were lost during the walkout.

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Chicago Tribune Endorses President Obama

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Tribune is endorsing President Barack Obama for a second term, saying he’s shown steady leadership on the economy and world affairs.

It praises Obama for “pragmatism and focus” as he led efforts to stabilize the U.S. economy. It also says he’s been decisive in handling the nation’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and careful about projecting military power abroad.

The Tribune rapped the president for failing to do enough to reduce the nation’s debt, especially when Democrats controlled Congress during his first two years in office. But it said Republican nominee Mitt Romney has been “astonishingly willing” to change his views to suit political whims, and his budget proposals are questionable.

The Tribune also endorsed Obama in 2008.

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Lawsuit Filed In Milton Pope Bus Crash

Posted by wlpo on October 26, 2012

Four families of Milton Pope students injured in a bus crash are suing a pickup truck driver blamed for the crash.

Peru Attorney Scott Ganassin says he’s filed a lawsuit against Michael Shelton of rural Seneca on behalf of four children with the worst injuries.  Ganassin says the lawsuit seeks thousands of dollars from Shelton to pay for medical bills dealing with multiple broken bones and surgeries for the students.  While there isn’t an excess monetary amount of the lawsuit, Ganassin says Shelton will never have enough insurance to cover the damages.

Over 30 Milton Pope students were taken to the hospital September 10th after investigators say Shelton blew a stop sign and hit the school bus.  Ganassin says it’s possible other families sue Shelton.

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Sand Company Needs One Last Permit Before Mining Near Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on October 26, 2012

If you don’t like the idea of a sand mine just east of Starved Rock State Park, you have one last shot to try and stop the project.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has opened a 30-day public comment period on Mississippi Sand’s last needed permit.  You can only file a comment if you feel the sand company’s discharge plan is inadequate.

Mississippi Sand already has received construction and storm water permits from the EPA.  If they get the discharge permit, they’ll likely start blasting for sand next year.

A link to Mississippi Sand’s permit is available at http://www.epa.state.il.us/water/permits/non-coal-mines/index.php

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