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Special walk planned in Princeton

Posted by wlpo on May 16, 2013

High heels aren’t the most comfortable shoes for walking but it’s what men in Princeton will be wearing for special cause.  “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is a domestic and sexual violence awareness event during which men take a stand against violence by wearing women’s shoes.

Michelle Spears is with Freedom House- a sexual and domestic violence shelter.  She says the walk is a funny event for a good cause.

The walk will be based at Soldiers and Sailors Park new the Bureau County Courthouse.  You’ll find music, food, face painting and monster tricycle races.  There will also be an auction.  Registration begins at 12pm Saturday.  There’s a $20 donation to walk.

You can learn more about the walk by listening to an interview that up at the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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Stretch of Interstate 80 reopens after semi crash

Posted by wlpo on May 16, 2013

The ride to and from the Quad Cities should be getting easier after a semi accident closed a stretch of Interstate 80 Thursday morning.

A HAZMAT crew was called after a semi overturned on westbound I-80 between Annawan and Atkinson.  Both eastbound and westbound lanes were closed into the afternoon but all lanes were reopened by Thursday evening.

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Motorcyclist From Streator Dead After Hitting A Tractor

Posted by wlpo on May 16, 2013

A Streator man is dead after he crashed his motorcycle into a tractor.

Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll pronounced 65-year old Jerry Trenor dead last night at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  An autopsy is scheduled later today.

State Police say Trenor was on Route 178 yesterday afternoon near Matthiessen State Park behind a tractor driven by Daniel Corcoran of La Salle.  Officers say when Corcoran tried turning into a field, he was hit by Trenor.  Trenor was thrown from his bike as it overturned several times.  He was initially taken to IVCH in Peru before being flown to Peoria.

Corcorcan wasn’t hurt.

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Area Politicians Disagree On Lowering Illinois Voting Age

Posted by wlpo on May 16, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – 17-year-olds in Illinois would be able to vote in primary elections in some cases under legislation headed for Gov. Pat Quinn.

The measure would allow voters as young as 17 to cast ballots in primaries if they will be 18 by the time of the general election. The Senate approved the bill 43-9 yesterday with Republican Sue Rezin voting against the idea.

Sen. Terry Link – a Waukegan Democrat – says lowering the voting age would encourage greater participation in the electoral process. Nineteen other states allow 17-year-olds to vote.

The Illinois House last month supported the voting age change 95-22. Local State Representatives Frank Mautino and Pam Roth support the idea.

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