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Archive for September, 2013

IVAR moving forward with plans for a new building

Posted by wlpo on September 30, 2013

Having more stuff than space to store your stuff is problem.  Illinois Valley Animal Rescue is fixing their space problem with a new building.

A prefabricated building has been ordered to give the animal shelter a place to have an office, showroom and clinic.

Chris Ellberg of IVAR says the new building is going up on the same lot as the one they have now.  They’ll continue to use the old building for housing the animals.

Ellberg estimates the new building to cost about $120,000 and says they have been approved to borrow about $110,000.

She’s hoping they’ll receive donations to cover the cost and office equipment such as file cabinets and desks to fill their new space.  They want to have the new building up by winter.

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Wenona FD called to combine fire

Posted by wlpo on September 30, 2013

You will see more combines in the fields as farmers begin harvesting.  You may also see smoke.

A combine being used north of Wenona Monday afternoon started on fire.  The farmer had the flames under control by the time the Wenona Fire Department arrived. 

Assistant Fire Chief Bob Krischel says they hosed down the machinery and checked for hot spots before returning to the station.

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Ottawa man dies after motorcycle crash

Posted by wlpo on September 30, 2013

          A crash that shut down East Norris Drive in Ottawa killed a 32-year-old man.  Brian Thompson of Ottawa was riding his motorcycle on East Norris Drive in Ottawa early Sunday evening when police say a pickup truck turned in front of him.

          Thompson was pronounced dead not even an hour later just down the road at St. Elizabeth Medical. 

          The Ottawa Police Department and La Salle County Coroner’s officer are still investigating.  They haven’t said who was driving the truck.

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State Cracks Down On Dr. Perales

Posted by wlpo on September 30, 2013

It was basically a formality but the state has officially suspended the physician and surgical license of Dr. Constantino Perales of Peru.

The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation also suspended the controlled substance license of Perales temporarily for “inappropriate prescribing of controlled substances to his patients”.  The state also accuses him of inappropriate sexual conduct with a patient.

Perales was arrested at his Peru clinic last month on two drug charges.  He’s in the La Salle County Jail awaiting a November trial.

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Former Top Lawman In La Salle County Dies

Posted by wlpo on September 30, 2013

A former La Salle County Sheriff has died.

77 year old Anthony “Tony” Condie died Thursday at his home in Peru.  Condie was the La Salle County Sheriff from 1990 thru 1998.  Before that he was a guard at the Joliet Correctional Center and deputy in La Salle County.  He was also a veteran with the marines.

Service information for Anthony “Tony” Condie can be heard during WLPO AM and FM’s In Memoriam.

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Area Schools Celebrate Homecoming

Posted by wlpo on September 30, 2013

Let the school spirit show this week! It’s Homecoming at L-P and St. Bede.

Homecoming festivities tonight at L-P include a variety show at 7.  St. Bede will have a parade at the academy Wednesday evening followed by a girl’s powder puff football game.  L-P’s parade is Thursday afternoon.

The Homecoming Dance for L-P is Saturday night while St. Bede waits for Sunday night.

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Bureau County job fair to feature local employers

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2013

High unemployment does not mean you won’t find a job; it means you will have to be competitive.  There is a Just Hire One Job Fair Wednesday at the Bureau County Metro Center.

You will be able to give your résumé to area companies and maybe be interviewed for a position.  Which is why you should arrive prepared according to Pam Furlan of Business Employment Skills Team.  That means you have to change out of your pajamas or torn jeans and sweatshirt.  Furlan says employers will notice the way you are dressed before they can read your work history or education.

Dress pants and a polo shirt would be a good outfit.  You will also want to bring copies of an updated résumé that has been proofread.

Furlan says you will be able to meet people looking to fill manufacturing, healthcare, and retail jobs.  The job fair is Wednesday from nine to noon.

Learn more by listening to an interview at the WLPO AM and FM news page.

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Rabid Bat Found In Marshall County

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2013

If you see a bat flying around at home, don’t mess with it, call a professional.

Marshall County health officials say they found a rabid bat.  Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system of humans and animals.

Health officials say if you see a bat at home, close the door and call the county animal protection services.  Also report all bites, check for holes in your home that bats can get into and also make sure dogs and cats have updated rabies vaccinations.

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Kinzinger Wants Healthcare Act Shelved

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2013

Do you want the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” stopped or at least delayed?  You’re congressman thinks most of you do.

Adam Kinzinger joined every Republican in the House but two in voting to delay “Obamacare” by a year.  Even though only two Democrats supported the resolution, Kinzinger says “through a bipartisan vote, the House has given senate Democrats a chance to do what a majority of hardworking Americans want”, and that’s delaying the healthcare law for individuals like what’s already been done for businesses.

Kinzinger calls the healthcare act a “train wreck of a law”.

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Unemployed Vets needed

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2013

Around 80 employers with immediate positions to fill in the Chicago area will seek out new hires at a job fair for military veterans in northern Illinois. The Hire Our Heroes event will take place this coming Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 501 hall in Aurora.  Veterans and their immediate family can also get counseling on job interview skills and career readiness.

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