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Rash affects some LP students

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2014

There’s a health scare going around L-P High School.

Superintendent Steve Wrobleski delivered a recorded phone message to L-P parents Thursday night telling them of a break out of rashes at the school. Because of it the campus is getting an extensive cleaning this weekend. Wrobleski says as of now the problem is contained to just a few and its nothing more than a skin rash.

The district is working with Illinois Valley Community Hospital and the La Salle County Health Department. Wrobleski is urging coaches and PE teachers to tell students not to share towels, razors or deodorant. All students are being told to bring home their PE clothes this weekend.

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Food, history and music included in annual Homestead Festival

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2014

Save your appetite for pulled pork sandwiches and ice cream. As they have for years, the Princeton Junior Women’s Club will be serving food Friday evening as part of the Princeton Homestead Festival.

You will be able to tour the Bureau County Historical Society Museum and Owen Lovejoy Homestead.  You’ll find music and activities at Soldiers and Sailors Park and a beer garden with a live band at Darius Miller Park. A movie featuring Richard Widmark will be playing at the Apollo Theater. The actor was from Princeton.

The festival runs Friday through Sunday.  The Homestead Parade is Saturday.

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La Salle County CASA training new volunteers

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2014

Abuse and dysfunction doesn’t have to be a way of life. You can be the stable and reliable adult to a neglected child when you volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA’s, as they are known, work on behalf of a judge to make sure the basic needs of a child are being met.

Cici Chalus is the Executive Director of La Salle County CASA.  She says unlike caseworkers who handle multiple cases at a time, as a CASA you would focus on one case. Your observations would be used in court so the judge can make an informed decision about the child’s placement.

If it sounds like something you would like to try, volunteer training begins at 6pm Thursday in the basement of the La Salle County Governmental Complex.

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

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Public ceremony planned for popular La Salle drug dog

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2014

You can say goodbye to a police dog that stopped many drug dealers while also entertaining hundreds of kids in the Illinois Valley.  A tribute to La Salle K9 Justis will be at 6pm Friday at La Salle City Hall. The 10-year-old Belgian Malinois died Tuesday night from pancreatic cancer.

His handler Brian Zebron says Justis was a very social dog and felt people he may have affected besides just fellow officers would like to remember his life. Despite being sick, Zebron says Justis was successful in finding drugs the night before he died.

During his career he’s credited with helping to find $13 million worth of drugs and drug money in the Illinois Valley.

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Plans still in place to replace Route 178 Bridge in Utica

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2014

Your input is needed on replacing the aging Route 178 Bridge in Utica.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting a public hearing from 4-7pm Thursday, September 18 in the Utica Village Hall. IDOT has plans in the next few years to replace the bridge and build a new one to take you across the Illinois River. They’ve already said the plan is to keep the current bridge open while they build a new one.

IDOT is also looking to soon replace the Route 89 Bridge in Spring Valley.

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Two 12-year-olds accused of slashing several tires in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2014

Is there anything more frustrating than going out to your car and seeing that its been vandalized?

Two 12-year-old boys in Ottawa were arrested last week for allegedly slashing tires of cars on the west side of town. Each boy is facing six counts of criminal damage to property.

The kids were released with juvenile referrals.

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Republican Kinzinger reacts to the president’s address to the nation

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2014

So what did you think of the president’s speech about taking down militants in the Middle East?

Your Congressman Adam Kinzinger says he’s encouraged to see “President Obama unleashing the might of the American military against the evil group known as ISIS, no matter where they may try to hide”. Kinzinger says strong leadership from Obama will be key in the coming weeks and months.

Kinzinger is an active member of the Air National Guard and has flown over Iraq. He says no options should be off the table.

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