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Photos of veterans needed ahead of Utica Veteran’s Parade

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2014

You can help decorate downtown Utica ahead of their big Veteran’s Day Parade and Air Show.

If you have photos of a veteran no matter what year or branch of service, bring copies to Joy & Ed’s or the Utica Hair Company. The Utica American Legion is looking to fill downtown window displays with pictures of veterans. They don’t need original pictures just copies.

The Utica Parade and Air Show starts this Sunday at one.

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State’s attorney won’t drop charges against eaglet handler

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2014

Do you think the court system should just leave Steve Patterson of Oglesby alone for handling two injured eaglets?

An online petition has been “signed” by over 57,000 people asking prosecutors to drop charges against Patterson. Despite the apparent support, La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne says there will be a new status hearing Wednesday for Patterson and he hopes a new trial date is set.

A jury deadlocked earlier this month during a trial where Patterson faced charges of illegally handling protected species near the Illinois River. He says he was just helping a couple injured eaglets.

While thousands have “signed” the online petition, Towne points out only a couple hundred supporters are from La Salle County.

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Ballot question would change constitution by giving more rights to crime victims

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2014

Before you even get to the governor’s race or other elected officials on the ballot, you’ll be asked to vote on five statewide referenda questions including one called Marsy’s Law.

The Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights amendment enforces victim’s rights including letting a victim have the right to speak during court proceedings besides just a sentencing hearing. Prosecutors would also be required to tell victims when a defendant is sentenced, released, or imprisoned. It would also give victims the right to object to a defendant trying to get personal information like mental health records or journals.

La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne supports the amendment. He says often so much attention is paid to giving defendant’s a right to a fair trial that victim’s are overlooked.

Marsy’s Law is named after a California law student who was stalked and killed by an ex-boyfriend. The law covers victims of all violent crimes not just domestic ones.

In order to pass, at least three-fifths of voters must say yes to the question. Changes to the constitution take effect immediately.

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Mendota man accused of sexual assault

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2014

An investigation into a reported sexual assault in Peru has a man from Mendota facing charges. 18-year-old Juan Cantu was arrested Monday morning on a La Salle County warrant for two counts of criminal sexual assault.

The investigation involved the Peru and Mendota Police Departments. Cantu was taken to the La Salle County Jail with his bond set at $250,000.

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Underage compliance check leaves four businesses busted

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2014

How good are you at guessing ages? When you’re serving alcohol, you’re sometimes better off checking an ID than guessing.

Four La Salle businesses were accused of serving minors after a check by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission Tuesday. The businesses that failed the test include the Shell Station at Third and Joliet Street, Lucky 7 Slots, Waz’s Bar and Grill and Monari’s 101.

19 businesses in La Salle and Oglesby passed the test, including several that had been busted before.

 

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Ottawa church to give away coats

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2014

It’s going to get cold eventually and you’re going to want to have a good winter coat. Unfortunately for some in the Illinois Valley that’s easier said than done.

To help the less fortunate, the Ottawa Church of Christ is having a free coat giveaway. Coats will be available Saturday, November 1 from 8am-12pm.  The Ottawa Church of Christ is on Gentleman Road.

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History buffs pushing to open a Westclox Museum

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2014

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone born and raised in the Illinois Valley who wasn’t related to someone that worked at Westclox.

Michael Wollack runs a flashlight company inside the old clock-making building in Peru. After looking at his grandparents belongings from their days at Westclox, he got concerned that history of Westclox could slip away. Wollack is now collecting anything Westclox-related for a potential museum.

If you have any Westclox history to share, call Wollack at 250-0609. There’s also a Facebook page called Westclox Museum.

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Rodent troubles closes La Salle school for rest of the year

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2014

It’ll be 2015 before Jackson School is back open in La Salle because of rat issues.

La Salle Elementary Superintendent Dan Marenda says they’ve sealed any places where rodents could get in. To make sure, they’re closing the preschool part of the building until after winter break. Marenda says they’ll do thorough cleaning over the holidays with the hopes of resuming classes at Jackson School in January.

A rat was trapped in the school earlier this month. Jackson has actually been closed since mid-September when a teacher said she saw a rat in her classroom.

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Campaigning for governor includes hitting African American churches

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) – The two candidates for governor campaigned at African-American churches in the Chicago area in an attempt to appeal to voters.

Republican Bruce Rauner spoke Sunday at New Beginnings Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side while Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn spoke at Community Covenant Church in suburban Calumet Park.

Rauner told parishioners that he was there “to go to work for you.” The wealthy businessman quoted the Bible, saying “to whom much has been given, much has been expected.”

Quinn continued to call for an increase in the minimum wage. He says no one who works 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty.

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National guard soldiers make it home to a celebration

Posted by wlpo on October 26, 2014

More than 200 National Guard soldiers who served in Kuwait are back home. A celebration was held in Springfield, IL Saturday afternoon to welcome home the 108th Sustainment Brigade. Members of the brigade spent 10 months overseas providing mission command and logistical support for operations of service members and civilians in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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