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Archive for September 2nd, 2013

Woman remains in critical condition following ATV crash

Posted by wlpo on September 2, 2013

If you were following the story about the woman injured during an ATV accident, she remains hospitalized.  Tiffany Dippel of Ottawa is being treated at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  She was in critical condition Monday.

Police say Dippel and David Hall of Ottawa were riding an ATV Saturday night on the tow path near Ottawa when they hit a trail marker.

Conservation Police are investigating the crash.  No one was has been arrested.

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Man riding motorized bicycle arrested for DUI

Posted by wlpo on September 2, 2013

The rules of the road apply even when you’re riding a motorized bicycle. 

Christian Vandervelde of Ottawa was arrested for DUI after being stopped by the police overnight.  Sheriff’s deputies say he was weaving across the different lanes early Monday morning in Ottawa. 

Vandervelde was also ticketed for improper lane usage, driving while license revoked, running a stop sign and not signaling.  He was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Quinn keeps pushing to raise minimum wage

Posted by wlpo on September 2, 2013

     CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn is again making a push for raising Illinois’ minimum wage.

      The Chicago Democrat has been visiting black churches in the Chicago area as he ramps up his 2014 re-election bid. On Sunday, he told congregants at Missionary Baptist Fellowship Church that helping those who live in poverty is a principle as old as the Bible.

      Illinois last raised the minimum wage in 2010.

      The state’s minimum wage is $8.25 and Quinn wants to bring it $10 an hour. He’s been trying to revive the issue this year. He spoke about it during his State of the State address in February.

      However, a measure sponsored by state Sen. Kim Lightford didn’t make it out of a committee.

      Republicans and business leaders say raising the minimum wage kills jobs.

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Tornado Touches Down North Of Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on September 2, 2013

While there have been no reports of damage or injuries, a brief twister touched down in La Salle County.

Around 6:30pm Sunday a tornado warning was issued for northeast La Salle County after the weather service picked up rotation on the radar and trained spotters saw a funnel cloud near Serena.  That funnel eventually spawned a brief tornado which was caught on camera.

Weather service officials say rotation stopped around 7:15pm.

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