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Local store owners offering sales

Posted by wlpo on November 29, 2014

You probably won’t be hit with a shopping cart or forget in which aisle you parked if you decide to shop local Saturday. Store owners in La Salle are ready for Small Business Saturday.

About 30 businesses, mostly in downtown La Salle are offering deals.

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The lights are on in La Salle Rotary Park

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2014

The once dark La Salle Rotary Park is lit up for Christmas. The park is decorated for Christmas using lighted displays sponsored by area businesses. The “Celebration of Lights” started Friday night.

The displays will be lit daily between 5-10pm through the end of the year. You’ll find the park off of the Troy Grove Blacktop. Enter at the main entrance and follow the rope lights. There’s no need to leave your car.

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New pastor to be installed at Oglesby church

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2014

New leadership is being greeted at a church in Oglesby. Reverend Adam Wolfgang is being installed at Oglesby Union Church during a ceremony Saturday.

Wolfgang takes over for Pastor Jack McConaghie who has retired after many years at the church. Wolfgang has been preaching in Oglesby since the first Sunday in October.

The ceremony begins at 6:30pm and will be followed by a reception.

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Firefighters hope wreath is a reminder to be safe during the holidays

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2014

One of the more fun times of the holidays can also be one of the most dangerous. Putting up decorations that can catch fire.

For the 15th year, Mendota firefighters are asking for your help in “Keeping the Wreath Red”. A wreath is up outside the Mendota Fire Station monument wrapped in red decorative lighting. If Mendota firefighters respond to a holiday related fire or a holiday related accident, a red bulb is replaced by a white bulb. Firefighters hope the bulbs are a reminder to be safe this holiday season.

“Keeping the Wreath Red” goes through Sunday, January 4th.

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Rare Saturday meeting to announce state’s attorney in Putnam County

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2014

HENNEPIN, Ill. (AP) – Knowing the importance of having a state’s attorney, the Putnam County Board will have a rare Saturday meeting.

The board needs to appoint someone to replace State’s Attorney Jim Mack, who was elected as a judge earlier this month and will be sworn in on Monday. Saturday’s meeting originally was scheduled for Wednesday, but rescheduled after a newspaper objected that the board did not give the required 48-hour notice under the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

Board Vice Chairman Chauntelle Biagi-Bruer says the board rescheduled because “we wanted to make sure that everyone knew about it.”

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Fundraiser will benefit families of crash victims in Streator

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2014

“Black Friday by Day, Red and White by Night” is the theme of a fundraiser Friday night in Streator.

The Streator High School Moms Club is hosting the benefit to help families of the four SHS students who were in a fatal crash November 5th. The fundraiser starts at 6 inside the Streator K of C Hall and will include a DJ, 50/50 drawing, raffles, door prizes and dinner, drinks and dessert. Tickets are 10 dollars.

Benjamin Newton was killed in a crash November 5th north of Streator. Three of his classmates were hurt.

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Peru getting help from other police departments for Black Friday security

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2014

If you’re going shopping for Black Friday, expect to see plenty of police presence.

Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei says as many as eight additional officers will be watching over the big box stores and Peru Mall. Those off-duty officers are on top of police who were already scheduled to work. Bernabei says off-duty officers from La Salle and Spring Valley are even helping Peru during the Black Friday event. Stores are paying for the extra police presence.

Bernabei says he’s hoping for a “busy shopping time but a boring time for police” in the next couple days.

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Shoppers gearing up for Thanksgiving night deals

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2014

Do your Thanksgiving plans include shopping? If you have the energy to fight the crowds after feasting, plenty of stores will open for business on Thanksgiving evening.

Kohls, Target, Walmart, Dunham’s Sports, Staples and the Peru Mall are opening at six Thanksgiving night. If your not a fan of shopping on Thanksgiving you’ll applaud Menards and Farm & Fleet since they are both closed the entire holiday. Both open with holiday deals Friday morning at six.

Rob Edwards from 96.5 the Wolf will broadcast live from Farm & Fleet in Ottawa Friday morning at six.

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Latest unemployment rates released for the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2014

The local unemployment numbers don’t look so bleak if you compare them to last year’s numbers. The October unemployment rate in La Salle was 7.9 percent down from more than 11 percent the previous October.

Bureau County’s unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, down from 8.8 percent last year. Putnam County October unemployment was 6.6 percent, down from 9.3 percent last October.

The Ottawa-Streator area unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, down from 10 and a half percent in October 2013.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says jobs were gained in transportation-warehousing and professional business services. Jobs were loss in manufacturing and wholesale trade.

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Chicago’s Archbishop backs President Obama’s immigration stance

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich is praising President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. But he says the church must continue to push for comprehensive reform for all.

Under plans Obama announced last week, nearly 5 million immigrants illegally in the U.S. will be eligible to avoid deportation and sign up for work permits. Cupich says it’s “a time for momentary celebration.”

He says it’s also time to mobilize communities to help people affected by Obama’s actions. Cupich says the Archdiocesan Office of Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education will prepare parishioners to help immigrants realize the full benefits of the executive order.

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