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Archive for June, 2014

Accident kills 3-year-old girl

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2014

Authorities are trying to figure out why a metal security grate detached and fell from the facade of an Italian ice shop in Philadelphia, killing a 3-year-old girl.

The girl was at the Rita’s Water Ice store in north Philadelphia where a fundraiser for a sorority and fraternity was underway. Fraternity members lifted the grate off the girl.

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Group will seek changes again

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2014

A group hoping to change the way Illinois draws its political boundaries is acknowledging flaws in its failed campaign while pledging to make another attempt in the next several years.

Deborah Harrington is head of Yes for Independent Maps. She says the group will put lessons learned in the campaign to good use. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva ruled Friday that the redistricting measure and another calling for term limits didn’t meet constitutional requirements for getting on the November ballot.

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Streator man gets “selfie” with Fallon

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2014

A Streator man working in Boston saw an opportunity for a selfie with a highly recognized talk show host Saturday. 23-year-old Richard Chalkey was at Logan International Airport in Boston meeting people when he thought he recognized “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon walking through the concourse. He was right.

Chalkey told Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO news, Fallon wasn’t getting much attention till someone yelled out his name. Chalkey approached the personable Fallon and asked him to join in a “selfie”. Fallon agreed.

Chalkey is the son of Gary and Chris Chalkey of Streator. Richard Chalkey is employed by an internet security firm

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Last day of festival in Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2014

A bags tournament and water fight are just a couple of things planned for the final day of Oglesby Summer Fun Fest.  The tournament starts at 10 am and the water fight at 12pm.

The food stands,  carnival and beer garden open at 1pm.  Sunday also brings a reptile show pony rides and The Big Fun Band,  a Blues Brothers tribute.  Fireworks end the night.

The festival is at the Oglesby Swimming Pool.

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Man wanted by IDOC arrested in Mendota

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2014

Having a train station is convenient when you want to travel to Chicago. But train stations can also attract strangers. A man wanted on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant was found Friday evening at the Mendota Amtrak station.

Police arrested Lorenzo Patton of Harvey. Patton was also wanted for aggravated battery and was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Medical marijuana could be moving to Peru

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2014

A truck terminal on the north side of Peru could be a new medical marijuana cultivation center. Agricare, LLC is asking the city for a special use to move to 22 Unytite Drive. The property is zoned M2 manufacturing.

In their application, Agricare claims they would be bring 100 construction jobs and 150 fulltime jobs in the first three years it is open.

The request goes before the Peru City Council Monday night.

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Police announce July 4th patrols

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2014

Unless you want to ask for a ride to work everyday, don’t drink and drive. With the July Fourth holiday approaching, the La Salle and Peru Police Departments are watching for drunken drivers and people who don’t wear seat-belts.

They are particularly watching at night. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket It campaigns will continue through a week from Sunday.

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Garden walks planned for Streator and Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2014

Blooming roses and geraniums and lush greens await you in Streator and Ottawa. The 2nd Annual Streator Garden Club’s Garden Walk is from 10am -3pm Saturday . For $10 you’ll be able to tour six gardens

Sunday, the Sunrise Rotary’s 8th Annual Garden Walk will feature Reddick Mansion and other gardens in Ottawa. Tickets are $12.

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Tickets available for Concerts for a Cause rock festival

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2014

Tickets are now on sale at Lou’s La Grotto in Peru and Wyanet Carpet in Princeton for the Peru stop of the Uproar Festival.

If you buy them in person, they’re $48. You can also order tickets online for $53 at the Lou’s website.

The Uproar Festival show is Saturday, August 16th at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport. Ten bands will perform including Godsmack, Seether and Buckcherry.

Centennial School in Streator will receive some of the proceeds.

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Over a thousand Chicago teachers laid off

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) – A reduced number of students expected in the fall has prompted the layoff of teachers and other staff.

The 1,150 employees, all Chicago Teachers Union members, were told yesterday of their layoffs. The total is less than half the number laid-off last year after the closing of more than 50 schools.

Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett says the district is projected to have 1,780 teaching vacancies in the fall, 1,420 of which are full-time slots. She said the teachers given pink slips can apply for positions made available by retirements and transfers.

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