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Man Goes To Prison For Causing Fatal Crash Near Seneca

Posted by wlpo on October 3, 2013

A drunken driving crash near Seneca killed a man and has another man staring at over eight years in prison.

Rodgerick Marsh of Chicago is in the Stateville Correctional Center after pleading guilty to aggravated DUI.  He was arrested in early March after driving the wrong way on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Seneca.  Marsh hit the car of 66-year old Abed Bader of Bridgeview head on.  Bader was also hit by a semi.  He died at the scene.

Officers say Bader was driving back home after delivering medical supplies in Spring Valley.

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Scramble For Cash In Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on October 3, 2013

Time start brushing up on Oglesby facts and history and it probably wouldn’t hurt to memorize a street map.  The Oglesby Scramble is back for a fourth year.

The scramble is like TV’s Amazing Race mixed with a scavenger hunt. Teams of two dress up in costumes and crisscross the town on foot, following clues and completing challenges.  The winning team gets 300 dollars with cash prizes as well for 2nd and 3rd place and the best costumes.

The scramble is Saturday with late registration at 10:30 at the Dickenson House.  The scramble is expected to take a couple hours.

You can find more information at

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WIC program is good for October

Posted by wlpo on October 3, 2013

Are you using the “WIC” office in your neighborhood?

Leslie Dougherty, head of the LaSalle County Health Department, told WLPO AM and FM news, all “WIC” offices in the state will continue to run normally this month. Her information came from the State WIC director Penny Roth who stated adequate funding remains for this month.

Dougherty said “WIC” clients should continue to use coupons as normal and if there is an issue, to contact the Health Department. You can schedule appointments through the WIC office.

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Area Veterans Wait Out Delay Before Flying To D.C. Memorials

Posted by wlpo on October 3, 2013

A flight to take area veterans out to Washington D.C. was delayed not by a government shutdown but by an owl.

Around 90 veterans waiting to go on an “Honor Flight” trip to see the World War Two and other memorials in their honor had their flight delayed by three hours this morning after an owl flew into their planes engine.  The plane was on its way to pick up the veterans in the Quad Cities from Minnesota.

The plane landed safely and was inspected before the veterans took off from the Quad Cities just before 10:30.  They landed just before noon central time.

“Honor Flight of the Quad Cities” was formed in 2008 to get WWII veterans out to see memorials in their honor in Washington D.C.  The Quad Cities honor flight takes veterans from a 75-mile radius.

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Thousands Of Illinoisans Checking Out New Insurance Options

Posted by wlpo on October 3, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois officials say more than 231,000 people have visited the Get Covered Illinois website, many of them looking for information on new options for health insurance.

The Illinois website routes you to a state Medicaid enrollment site or to a federal website depending on household income. The Medicaid side of the system appears to be working, with more than 5,000 applications submitted online.

But problems with the federal website continue to stop many in Illinois and elsewhere from setting up accounts, comparing insurance policies and enrolling for coverage under the nation’s new health care law.

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Retired Sportscaster And Fallen Marine Highlight St. Bede Hall Induction

Posted by wlpo on October 3, 2013

A fallen marine is among eight people who will be inducted this Saturday into the Saint Bede Academy Hall of Fame.

Captain Thomas Heitmann was killed September 19th, 2011 when his helicopter crash during training near Camp Pendleton, California.  He was a 1st lieutenant at the time of his death and later elevated to rank of captain.

Heitmann was a Mendota native but graduated from St. Bede in 2002.  He was part of the school’s most successful football team.

Joining Heitmann in being inducted in the academy’s hall of fame this weekend is retired WLPO AM and FM sports director Lanny Slevin.

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