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Archive for February 21st, 2013

Community improvement effort earns a La Salle woman an award

Posted by wlpo on February 21, 2013

          A couple of years ago people in La Salle grouped off to tackle projects they that would make the town better.  The Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University calls it MAPPING.  And they’re honoring Francie Skoflanc for her work in La Salle.

Skoflanc spear-headed the creation of the French canal markets once a month outside of La Salle State Bank.  It has earned her the 2013 Community Champion Vision to Action award.

She was nominated by La Salle Economic Development Director Don Alesky and La Salle Public Library Director Laura Frizol and will receive the award during a dinner in March.

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Drew Peterson outburst had court gasping

Posted by wlpo on February 21, 2013

     JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – Eyes widened and spectators gasped in a Joliet courtroom when Drew Peterson exploded as he spoke at his sentencing hearing.

      The former Bolingbrook police officer was sentenced Thursday to 38 years in prison. Before the judge sentenced him, Peterson gave an emotional statement and shouted when he said “I did not kill Kathleen!” At one point sheriff’s deputies stepped forward closer to Peterson. Judge Edward Burmila fought to restore order in the court.

      Jurors convicted Peterson in September of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Her body was found in a dry bathtub in 2004.

      As Peterson continued he spoke in mostly hushed tones, crying and trying to regain his composure at times. His voice quivered and his hands shook as he reached out for a glass of water.

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IVCC to honor AM 1220 WLPO’s Lanny Slevin

Posted by wlpo on February 21, 2013

          If you’ve ever listened to a an IVCC basketball game on the radio, chances are good the play-by-play man was AM 1220 WLPO’s Lanny Slevin.  The college will honor Slevin for his years of covering IVCC sports during the halftime of the men’s basketball game Saturday.

          Slevin began covering IVCC basketball and football games in 1974. 

          The men and lady Eagles will host Olive Harvey College.  You can hear the game on AM 1220 WLPO.  Coverage will start at 12:50pm.  The men’s game is scheduled for 3pm.  

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Peru Candidate Upset Over Political Signage Crackdown

Posted by wlpo on February 21, 2013

You’ll notice more political signs as the April election draws nearer, especially at the corner of Shooting Park Road and Route 251 in Peru.

Travis Nelson, a candidate for Peru Township government says he’s been singled out by Peru’s building inspector for a sign on the southwest corner. Frank Taylor has asked Nelson to move the sign because he claims it is on state right of way.  Nelson claims it is not and that other election signs had been there but were not removed.  He thinks it’s personal.

Taylor and Mayor Scott Harl denied the allegations last night.

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Crundwell Bling Up On Auction Block

Posted by wlpo on February 21, 2013

DIXON, Ill. (AP) – U.S. Marshals are auctioning off jewelry that belonged to imprisoned former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell.

Earlier this month, Crundwell was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison after admitting she stole more than $53 million from Dixon. U.S. Marshals are selling off her belongings to raise money for restitution. That includes her jewelry, which will go up for auction in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday. The auction will be simulcast on the Internet. A preview is scheduled for Friday.

The auction includes a lot of gold bar bullion starting at nearly $1.5 million and a $25,000 Rolex watch. It also includes a gold bracelet, platinum diamond ring and gold necklace and pendant.

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