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Archive for June 23rd, 2013

New charity to benefit people with MS

Posted by wlpo on June 23, 2013

The odds are good that you know someone who has multiple sclerosis.  But you may not realize the financial hardship it can be.

A woman from Peru who has MS along with her husband and sister are part of a new charity that’s raising money to help local people who have MS.  It’s called Illinois Valley Legion Against Lesions. Jacci Pavy says the group came about because they wanted to do something to help other local people with MS.

Pavy says the medication for treating MS is expensive.  People with MS may also have to have MRI’s or be hospitalized.  She says some people don’t have insurance or other resources.  It could also affect a person’s ability to work.

If you would like to help Legion Against Lesions, they’re holding their first big fundraising raffle.  First place wins a stay in Florida and a $500 gift card to put towards travel expenses.  Tickets are $5 and on sale at Big Boys Tires, the Peru Eagles Club, Beau Dogs, and Dj’s Carpet Outlet.

You can learn more about Illinois Valley Legion Against Lesions by listening to an interview available at the WLPO AM and FM news page.

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Two outings for Lostant firemen Sunday

Posted by wlpo on June 23, 2013

A  garage west of Lostant is a complete loss, but a nearby house was saved after firefighter made two trips to the scene Sunday morning.

Lt. Joe Freitag of the Lostant Fire Department said they responded to the site, three miles west of Route 251 and Lostant around 7am.  Freitag said the fire was knocked down in a few minutes.

An empty house nearby was saved.   Wenona and Toluca Fire Departments assisted.  were also at the scene.   About 10:15am, firemen returned for a rekindled, but were only there briefly.

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truck driver chokes while driving

Posted by wlpo on June 23, 2013

When you’re choking there’s only one thing on your mind. But, if you’re choking and driving…which do you choose? A Wisconsin man had that choice yesterday morning (Saturday) while westbound I-80 halfway between Ottawa and the Utica exits. State Police trooper Andreoni says the driver, 47-year old Kevin Teske of Aniwa, Wisconsin was drinking coffee and began to choke. Teske veered his Freightliner truck into the center median, struck some wires then went across the westbound lanes rolling over in the ditch. Two passengers – a Wausau man and woman in their mid 50’s were not hurt. All were wearing seatbelts. Teske was ticketed for improper lane usage.

 

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Illinois lawmakers share in suffering

Posted by wlpo on June 23, 2013

Illinois lawmakers will take a pay cut starting next month under a new law signed Saturday by Governor Pat Quinn. The legislation, introduced by state Representative Michelle Mussman of Schaumburg and approved by both houses with broad bipartisan support, requires members of the General Assembly to take one unpaid furlough day per month in fiscal year 2014, which starts July 1st.

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Former foster mom indicted

Posted by wlpo on June 23, 2013

 A Livingston County grand jury has indicted a former foster mother on two counts of murder in the 2011 death of a 4-year-old girl under her care. Livingston County state’s attorney Seth Uphoff says 29-year-old Heather Lamie was arrested at her Kankakee County home late Friday evening. She’s charged in the May 2011 death of Kianna Russell.

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