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Archive for January 11th, 2013

Spring Valley Police looking for car vandals

Posted by wlpo on January 11, 2013

           You might want to park on your driveway or in your garage in Spring Valley.  Police are looking for who damaged the driver’s side mirrors on eight cars Thursday night. 

          The cars were parked in the 300 blocks of Greenwood and Devlin Streets, the 400 block of East St. Paul Street and the 500 block of East Cleveland. 

          If you know who did it or have information call the Spring Valley Police Department or Illinois Valley Crimestoppers.

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Cherry School officials considering a merger with Ladd or Dimmick

Posted by wlpo on January 11, 2013

          Class is in session at Cherry Grade School but two years from now there’s a strong possibility that won’t be the case.  School officials are considering a merger with either Ladd or Dimmick school districts. 

Superintendent James Boyle says four years ago he examined the budget and concluded they could stay open if they made cuts.  He says now they have had to borrow and they have to consider a merger.

He says they’re considering Ladd and Dimmick because they’re adjacent to Cherry’s district and the districts are similar in that they’re small and rural.  They’re also considering classes and activities.

          Annexation would also change property tax rates.  Dimmick’s tax rate is currently a dollar and 65 cents while Ladd’s is three dollars and five cents.  Cherry’s tax rate is higher than both.

There are 60 students and six teachers at Cherry Grade School.  They would like to close the school at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.  The decision to annex would be decided by the school boards.

           You can learn more about the finances driving their decision to merge during a meeting at 6:30pm Thursday in the Cherry Grade School Gym.   An interview with Dr. Boyle is up at the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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Local Theaters Showcase Oscar Nominees

Posted by wlpo on January 11, 2013

Now that the Oscar nominations are out, how many of the best pictures are in local theaters?

At the Peru mall, you can check out Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained and Les Miserables.  Roxy Cinemas in Ottawa is showing Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables, Lincoln and Django while the Apollo in Princeton has Lincoln.

The Majestic in Streator has Lincoln this weekend and is planning to show best picture nominee Silver Linings Playbook starting next Friday.

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Child Deaths And Abuse Cases Up In 2012

Posted by wlpo on January 11, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says neglect and abuse killed 90 children in the state last year and almost half were infants who died in unsafe sleeping conditions.

Department spokesman Dave Clarkin said yesterday the total could rise. More than 60 2012 death investigations are still pending. Clarkin says 40 of the children were infants who suffocated while sleeping with parents, with blankets or on their stomachs.

Homicides were the second-largest category of deaths. Twenty-two of the neglect and abuse deaths were homicides.

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Cook County Offers Wallet-Sized Marriage Licenses

Posted by wlpo on January 11, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) – Cook County couples can now carry proof of their marriages or civil unions virtually anywhere. Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office is offering wallet-sized certificates for the same $15 fee of a standard document.

Orr says the pocket-sized cards have been popular among couples since they became available in recent weeks. He says the smaller certificates are more convenient than standard ones because they fit anywhere a credit card or driver’s license does.

The set of two card-sized marriage or civil union certificates includes names, license number, the clerk’s signature and the county’s seal.

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