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Streator Kmart Closing After Holiday Shopping Season

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2012

A few short months after the Kmart in Peru shut its doors for good, another Kmart store is closing.

Store officials told employees of the Streator Kmart yesterday that the store will close in late January.  A company spokesman says the 45 workers will get severance pay and have the chance to apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores.  The spokesman says “these decisions are never easy, because Kmart appreciates being a member of the community”.  “However we made a business decision to not renew the lease at the Streator location based on its performance”.

The Streator Kmart opened in 1986.  Liquidation sales start this weekend.

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Students collect more than five tons of food for Hall Township Food Pantry

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2012

You know that teenagers are good at eating a lot of food but a recent competition between Hall High School and St. Bede Academy shows that they’re also good at collecting food items.

More than five tons of food was collected for the Hall Township Food Pantry in October.

Thanksgiving boxes will be distributed Wednesday, November 14 from 10am until 12pm and again from 5pm until 7pm.   If you would like to help out, call the Hall Township Food Pantry.

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Voter turnout better than expected in La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2012

The La Salle County Clerk is more than happy to say she was wrong.

JoAnne Caretto predicted a voter turnout for Tuesday’s election of 55 to 60%.  Instead the turnout was 66%.

Caretto says there were only minor machine problems early on but none that caused any ballots to be lost.  She says one of the bigger complaints was some precincts running out of privacy sleeves to put their ballots inside of.

Caretto says there were also plenty of voters going to their old polling places not knowing they changed during redistricting last year.

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“Random Act of Culture” to return to the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2012

Add a little song to somebody’s life.  Singers are needed for “A Random Act of Culture”.  The random act will actually be a live performance of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” at a local business on Saturday, December 1.

It’s open to adults and high school age singers.  It’s being organized by Chris Kelsey and Norm Engstrom.  They will practice once at Illinois Valley Community College on Monday, November 26 at 7:30pm.

You can contact either Kelsey or Engstrom if you’re interested.

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Stretch of Route 71 reopens following crash

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2012

An accident on the Starved Rock curves had a stretch of Route 71 closed for several hours Wednesday.  The two-car crash happened around 9:30am and closed down Route 71 between Route 23 and Route 178.  It was reopened around 3pm.

State Police troopers were at the crash and plan to release what happened Thursday morning.

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Holland Wins Judge Race Over Kopko

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2012

The newest judge in La Salle County will be Troy Holland of Mendota.

The Republican defeated Democrat Anita Kopko to fill the 13th Judicial District Circuit Judge seat formerly held by Judge James Lanuti.  Holland picked up unofficially 57 percent of the vote.  Holland says the key was reaching out to democrats and independents in La Salle County.

Holland thinks his experience as lead attorney for the La Salle County Board has him prepared to wear the robe as a judge.

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Skoog Beats Vickrey

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2012

Democrats have maintained hold of the office of La Salle County Circuit Clerk.

Andy Skoog of Utica beat Republican Bob Vickrey with 57 percent of the vote.  Skoog will replace retiring Utica Democrat Joe Carey.

La Salle County Coroner Jodi Bernard, State’s Attorney Brian Towne, Recorder Tom Lyons and Auditor Jodi Wilkinson all won re-election running unopposed.  All of them are Democrats.

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Kinzinger wins congressional race, Rezin wins state senate race

Posted by wlpo on November 7, 2012

Republican Adam Kinzinger will be able to enjoy a second term in congress.  Kinzinger easily defeated Democrat Wonda Rohl in the 16th Congressional race.

Kinzinger celebrated the win in Rockford, a new territory in the redrawn district.  Kinzinger had to beat longtime Republican Congressman Don Manzullo in the March primary.  Kinzinger told AM 1220 WLPO that running against Rohl was easier than running against another Republican and member of Congress.

The race for the 38th State Senate was closer but incumbent Republican Sue Rezin held off her challenger retired school superintendent and democrat, Chris Benson.

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