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Foam and mud 5K race coming to Ottawa area Saturday

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2013

Trip wires, water obstacles and a death drop are included in a 5K competition that’s not your usual running race.  The obstacle course is the Chicago 5K Foam Fest and it is Saturday at Fox Valley Off Road north of Ottawa. 

          Cara Vincent is with Round House Racing, the company behind the contest.  She says the 5K is similar to the TV show Wipeout.  And you don’t have to be athletic.

You can compete with a group or on your own.  The race includes 14 obstacles.  It’s open to everyone 10 years and older.  It will be held rain or shine.

Registration is still open.  You can learn more about the race at and by listening to an interview at the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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Water leak affecting homes and traffic in Peru

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2013

A big water main leak will have a neighborhood in Peru without water.  The leak was discovered around 6:30am Wednesday on North Peoria Street.

A stretch of North Peoria will be closed from Sunset to Midtown Road so the leak can be repaired.  If you live on 26th or 27th Streets you’ll be able to get to your house.  Other traffic should use Route 251.

There will be a boil order once the water is back on.

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House approves cellphone ban, heads to gov’s desk

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A proposal that would ban the use of cellphones while driving in Illinois is headed to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk.

The House approved the bill 69-48 Tuesday, following a Senate vote late last week. Quinn’s spokeswoman says the Chicago Democrat will review the bill once he receives it. The proposal says motorists must use hands-free devices or speakerphone functions on their phones.

Police would be able to ticket drivers holding a cellphone except during emergencies. Dozens of Illinois communities, including Chicago, already ban talking on cellphones while driving.

Sponsor Democratic Sen. John Mulroe says the bill makes roads safer. Opponents, including Rep. Jack Franks, say there are many other ways of distracted driving.

House members first approved the plan in March.

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Kids Fly Free In Peru On Sunday

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2013

Know any children who like to fly?  They can take to the sky for free this Sunday in Peru.

The Illinois Valley Flying Club, Experimental Aircraft Association and Civil Air Patrol are hosting a free “flight rally” from 9 until 2 at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport.  Children between 8 and 17 years old can fly with a volunteer pilot for free.

You need to bring a signed waiver Sunday to the airport before going up in a plane.  Find the waiver at

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Hot Tub Fundraising Campaign Underway At Illinois Valley YMCA

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2013

Who doesn’t like to relax in a hot tub?  Y goers in Peru can’t right now.

The Illinois Valley YMCA is trying to raise 15 thousand dollars by June 15th to help pay for a new hot tub.  Letters were sent out this past week to members seeking donations.

State officials last year forced the Peru Y to close its hot tub because of a new pool drain requirement.  In January Y officials were granted a permit for a new hot tub.  They think one will cost 60 thousand dollars.

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Property Tax Bills Ready In La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2013

Not that you’re looking forward to it but property tax bills are ready to be mailed out in La Salle County.

Treasurer Don Lamps says his office will send out 66 thousand property tax bills tomorrow.  The first installment of property taxes is due by July 9th with the second installment due by September 9th.  You can pay in the treasurer’s office with a credit card, check or just have the taxes automatically withdrawn from your bank account.

There is a convenience fee for paying taxes with a credit card.

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Man accused of leaving his credit card in a Jeep he broke into

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2013

Some criminals like to leave a “calling card” behind as a clue.  In Marseilles, police say a man left behind his credit card after busting out a window on a park Jeep.

Police were called to Illini State Park Sunday morning.  While looking at the Jeep officers found a credit card belonging to Roberto Molina of Morton Grove inside.

Molina was soon arrested for burglary to motor vehicle, a felony and lesser marijuana related charges.   Molina spent the rest of his three-day weekend at the La Salle County Jail.

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Music Festival And Holiday Keep Putnam County Deputies Busy

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2013

The annual Summer Camp Festival in Chillicothe is over meaning the end of Putnam County’s busiest travel weekend.

Sheriff Kevin Doyle says they did extra patrols Friday and Saturday on Routes 18, 29 and 89.  He says they handed out a variety of traffic tickets but the major drug arrests were handled thru TRIDENT.  TRIDENT has yet to send out information about weekend drug arrests.

Doyle says a majority of people arrested or ticketed were from out of the Illinois Valley area.

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Late Night River Rescue In The Vermilion River

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2013

High water on the Vermilion River made navigation difficult even for trained rescuers.  Seven people were pulled from the river near Mathiessen Park early Tuesday morning.  Problems started Monday evening when four people who rented a raft from a local business had their raft overturn and became hung up on a snag on the river.

Conservation Police Officer Robert Frazier says two employees from the rafting company tried to help the group but couldn’t when one of the employees had their kayak capsize.

Frazier says that’s when his office was called.  Members of Ottawa River Rescue went to the river but even their motorboat capsized, leaving a total of seven people stuck in the water.  Finally, rescuers were able to use a rope to repel down.  Everyone was out of the river by 1am Tuesday.  They were taken to area hospitals to be looked at for hypothermia.  Two members of the Ottawa River Rescue also had to be treated for injuries.

Frazier says no one was arrested.

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Severe Weather Possible Today

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2013

Things could get stormy today.  The entire listening area is under a slight risk of severe weather according to the National Storm Prediction Center.

The best chance of severe weather will come late afternoon towards evening according to the latest Hazardous Weather Outlook.  Storms could bring gusty winds and heavy downpours and large hail.

There’s a chance of thunderstorms the rest of the week.

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