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Rainy Week Predicted For The Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on April 8, 2013

By the end of this week, upwards of three inches of rain could fall in the Illinois Valley.

The National Weather Service forecast is calling for chances for showers and storms all the way through Thursday.  Rain could fall heavy with any thunderstorms.

The same storm system is expected to produce blizzard like conditions for places like Kansas and Oklahoma.

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Township Candidates Turn To Robocalls For Late Campaigning

Posted by wlpo on April 8, 2013

Do political “robocalls” bother you?  Voters in Peru Township received a couple recorded messages on the eve of Election Day.

Call showing up on caller ID as originating from Washington D.C. featured messages from township candidates Eddie Mitchell and Travis Nelson. Those two along with Art Rigby and Mary Landsiedel are running as independents under a slogan of “Reform Peru Township”.

Nelson is challenging Democrat Mike Hocking for Peru Township Supervisor while Mitchell, Rigby and Landsiedel are looking for three of four available township trustee seats.  They’re running against Democrats Douglas Bernabei, Jack Hyson, Donald “Barkey” Koehler and William Radtke along with Republican Chuck Studer.

Democrat Steve Weberski is running unopposed for Peru Township Clerk while Democrat Doug Biederstedt is unopposed for Peru Township Assessor.

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Car crashes into business in Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on April 8, 2013

A stuck accelerator sent a woman’s car into a building in Spring Valley.

Teresa Case told police she was pulling up to Subway Sunday afternoon but ended up driving into a nearby building because the gas pedal was stuck.  Case’s car hopped a curb before crashing into Abacus Tax.

Case wasn’t hurt though the building was left with interior and exterior damage.

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Man dies after garage fire

Posted by wlpo on April 8, 2013

           A burning garage signaled trouble in Marseilles.  Someone driving by Merle Jelm’s home noticed the fire Saturday morning but by the time firefighters arrived it was too late. 

          The 75 year old homeowner was found dead after the fire was quickly put out. 

          It’s under investigation but police don’t think it was suspicious. 

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Voter Turnout Expected To Be Low

Posted by wlpo on April 8, 2013

How many of you plan to vote in the election?  Hopefully more than what’s being predicted.

Looking at early and absentee votes, La Salle County Clerk JoAnn Caretto is predicting around a 20 percent voter turnout when polls close tomorrow night.  Voter turnout during the last time there were mayor races in Peru and Spring Valley was 21 percent.

Caretto says Peru has been the busiest so far with absentee voting.

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