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Sign up underway for Peru BB gun club

Posted by wlpo on January 8, 2013

Hitting a target might look easy but it takes skill and practice.  Children in Peru will be able to learn shooting skills and gun safety at the Peru BB Gun Club.

The new club will be overseen by the Peru Police Department and volunteers who remember when their children were in BB gun clubs.  Greg Vaccaro is one of the volunteers.   He says they’ll be focusing on gun safety.

He also says it will be competitive with awards for sharpshooter, marksman and the top boy and girl shooters.

The club will meet in the basement of Peru City Hall.  It’s open to kids from Peru ages 10 to 14.  It’s free but space is limited.  You can sign up your children at the Peru City Hall.  All kids must have a signed permission slip.

If you would like to support the club, they’re also accepting donations.

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Cement plant scrapping conveyor belt

Posted by wlpo on January 8, 2013

Oglesby officials will have to find a new place to hang banners for upcoming events.

Buzzi Unicem workers have started taking down the conveyor belt that goes over East Walnut Street east of downtown.  The belt has been in place for three decades.

Buzzi Unicem is selling the conveyor belt for scrap and recycling materials.

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Alleged Pot Growers Busted In Putnam

Posted by wlpo on January 8, 2013

A rural home in Putnam County was allegedly being used to grow pot.

Members of TRIDENT and the Marshall and Putnam County Sheriff’s Offices went to the Route 29 home of Richard and Christina Tucker yesterday in Putnam.  They allegedly found 79 cannabis plants, several pieces of growing equipment, cannabis and paraphernalia.

The Tucker’s were arrested for unlawful possession and production of cannabis sativa plants.  Both were taken to the Putnam County Jail on 25 thousand dollars bond.

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Latest On Illinois Pension Reform

Posted by wlpo on January 8, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A plan to rescue Illinois’ worst-in-the-country pension problem faces uncertainty in the final full day of the lame-duck legislative session.

Members of a House committee approved a proposal calling for more employee contributions and freezing cost-of-living increases. Backers say it’s a compromise on a complex problem that addresses many concerns. But opponents question whether it’s constitutional.

It could come up for a floor vote today. But the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz, says Democrats and Republicans are assessing how many lawmakers support the measure before deciding whether to call for a vote.

If it wins House approval, it’d move to the Senate, which isn’t currently in session. Senate President John Cullerton has said he could call senators back Tuesday.

New lawmakers are sworn in tomorrow.

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Utica Man Accused Of Damaging Area Parks

Posted by wlpo on January 8, 2013

Does he have something against parks?

Zachary Mone of Utica was arrested over the weekend for allegedly vandalizing Starved Rock State Park and Lehigh Park in Oglesby.  He’s accused of damaging a fence, cabin siding, swimming pool windows, trolleys and a patio shelter last January at Starved Rock.  Couple days later, Mone allegedly vandalized a slide, fireplace and shelter walls at Lehigh Park.

He’s posted bond and is out of jail.

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