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“Saints and Sinners” to be performed in Peru

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2013

If your grade school teacher was a nun you’ll probably understand the humor in a play that’s being performed in Peru Friday.  “Saints and Sinners” is a comedy written by the woman that wrote “Late Nite Catechism”, Vicki Quade. 

She says it’s an interactive play about developing a fundraiser for a church.  In it, they agree to create a calender featuring famous saints and infamous sinners.

The one-woman performance actually is a fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Parish in Peru.  Tickets are $35 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart who served at St. Joseph’s Parish for many years.  You can get tickets by calling the church office. 

Learn more about Quade and her plays by listening to an interview that’s up at the WLPO AM and FM news page.

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Curbside recycling to begin November 14 in Granville

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2013

Glass bottles, soda cans and yesterday’s newspaper- just some of the things you can keep out of your garbage by recycling.  Curbside recycling begins November 14 in Granville.

Recycling containers will be available from 8:30am to 12pm Saturday at the old recycling center on South High Street.  Waste Management containers will be delivered to homes on November 12.  If you have any questions, call Granville Village Hall.

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Peru Police arrest two for counterfeit money

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2013

If you happened to find a wad of cash in the Peru Wal-Mart parking lot Friday, it’s not what it seems.  Police say the 20-dollar-bills are counterfeit and they’re looking for a woman that picked them up Friday.

The fake bills are part of a larger investigation into two men accused of passing counterfeit bills at Wal-Mart.  Mark Johnson and Dani Toure of Chicago were arrested Friday for forgery and obstructing justice.  They were taken to the La Salle County Jail.

Meanwhile, officers are reviewing the surveillance video from Wal-Mart.  If you found the fake money, please call the Peru Police.

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Mendota Police investigate restaurant burglary

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2013

          A break-in at restaurant in Mendota has the police asking for your help.  Someone broke into Parkway Restaurant Friday morning and stole money from the cash register.  If you know anything about it call Mendota  Crimestoppers.

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Utica Firefighter On The Mend After Scary Fall

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2013

The next fire chief in Utica could be known after tonight.

The fire protection district’s trustees are expected to name a chief this week after former chief Gary Gbur resigned earlier this month saying there was “irreconcilable differences” between himself and the trustees.

The trustees had named Ed Rogers interim fire chief but he’s now recovering from a severe leg injury.  Rogers was down in Missouri a two weekends ago when he fractured his leg.  He’s being treated at Heartland Healthcare Center in Henry and will eventually head back to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

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Floor Testing Could Create Noise At Ottawa Library

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2013

You go to a library to escape noise.  Unfortunately it may get a little loud Monday at the Reddick Public Library in Ottawa.

Workers are trying to find the reason for the library’s settling floor.  They’ll be drilling inside and outside the library.

Some areas of the library may not be open while the work goes on.

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Gas Prices Continue Falling

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2013

Do you think gas will ever fall back below three dollars a gallon?

The price at the pump went down a few more cents over the weekend in the Illinois Valley.  According to GasBuddy.com, you can find gas for $3.09 a gallon in Ottawa and Mendota.  The price at the pump in La Salle and Peru ranges from $3.14 to $3.19 a gallon.

Gas has fallen below three dollars a gallon in places like Danville and Springfield.

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Illinois Prison Guards Seeing Lots Of Overtime

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Do you get overtime pay at your job? The Associated Press says overtime pay jumped 34 percent last year for corrections officers in Illinois’ prisons.

The spike corresponded with Gov. Pat Quinn’s closing of prisons like the Dwight prison to save money. But state officials argue the costs were increased when a union sued to stop the closings and the transfer of some guards got delayed.

An AP analysis of state records shows that employees were paid $62 million in overtime in the year that ended June 30.

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