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Archive for March 9th, 2013

Illinois GOP cancels meeting on chairman’s ouster

Posted by wlpo on March 9, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Republican Party central committee has canceled Saturday’s scheduled meeting in which it was to consider firing party chairman Pat Brady.

Some committeemen wanted to oust Brady, largely because he publicly supported gay marriage when a bill was before the state Legislature earlier this year.

Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis of North Aurora said Saturday that members wanted more time and wanted to be sure Brady, who is out of town, could attend.

It was unclear if the committee had enough votes to fire Brady.

Several prominent Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and state House Republican Leader Tom Cross, had recently weighed in on the issue, saying it would be a mistake. They also say if the party is going to grow it needs to be more inclusive.



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Erin Brockovich to speak in Wedron

Posted by wlpo on March 9, 2013

Does the name Erin Brockovich sound familiar?  Her investigation into contamination in her community was written into an award winning movie.

Brockovich will be at Serena High School Sunday to talk about benzene and solvent pollution discharge at the Wedron Silica Company Mine site.

The meeting is from 3-5pm in the gymnasium and his open to everyone.

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Telethon raises money for Easter Seals

Posted by wlpo on March 9, 2013

Did you watch any of the 33rd Annual Easter Seals of La Salle and Bureau Counties Telethon?  The event Friday night at Ottawa High School helped the organization raised an estimated $149,600 according to their web site.  The goal this year was $75,000.


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Celebrity bartending tonight in La Salle and Peru

Posted by wlpo on March 9, 2013

          Looking for a reason to get out of the house Saturday night?  Order a drink or two at either Sidetracks in Peru and Senica’s Oak Ridge in La Salle and you’ll be helping the United Way.  Local celebrities will be bartending for the charity.  Tips will go to the local United Way which gives funding to other nonprofits like food pantries.

Celebrities will be working in pairs from 7-11pm.

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