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2014 going out with a serious chill

Posted by wlpo on December 30, 2014

For the first time in awhile, the forecast in the Illinois Valley includes the wind chill.

Thanks to a northwest wind, it could feel like five below Tuesday night with the wind chill. New Years Eve the wind is expected to gust up to 25 miles per hour which could make it feel like eight below during the day with the wind chill.

New Years Day will bring a slight warm up with the winds expected to calm down and the high temperature to reach the 30s.

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Peru to buy Vactor truck

Posted by wlpo on December 30, 2014

Peru is getting its own Vactor truck. For years the city has hired Michelini when they needed to flush or look inside of their sewer lines, but many aldermen believe having a truck on hand will allow them to save money and take better care of their sewers.

Steve Michelini spoke to the city council Monday night before they agreed to buy a $405,000 truck.   He says the truck Peru is buying won’t have all of the capabilities that his has but the city is welcome to use his equipment when needed.

Alderman Tony Ferrari says he thinks they should buy it but wants to see it being used.

City Finance Director Justin Miller estimates the truck will pay for itself in five years.

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Ottawa theater group to produce “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2014

A popular book that was made into an award winning movie is also a drama that will be performed in Ottawa this spring.

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is the next play by WilleyWorld Community Productions. The theater group is run by professional actor Walt Willey.

The play is about a group of patients at a mental hospital, particularly one street-smart patient and his ongoing power struggle with the head nurse.

The cast calls for 12 men and four women. You don’t need to have theater experience to try out. Auditions will be from 3-5pm Saturday and from 1-4pm Sunday at the Ottawa Dance Academy in Ottawa.

The play will run sometime in March or April.

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IVCH limiting visitors because of the flu

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2014

The flu bug has Illinois Valley Community Hospital limiting visitors.

Because of widespread flu activity, no one 18 and under are allowed to visit patients at IVCH. Also patients are only allowed two visitors at a time.

The hospital also asks anyone with respiratory symptoms not to visit the hospital.

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Homicides way down in Chicago

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago could close out 2014 with the lowest number of homicides in decades.

The Chicago Police Department reported 390 murders through Dec. 20. The last time the numbers were in the same range was in 1965 when the total was 397.

The number is far less than the early 1990s when annual homicides in Chicago topped 900 at times.

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School officials in La Salle looking to put “rat problem” in the past

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2014

A new year will bring some normalcy back to preschoolers in La Salle.

Jackson School will be back open for business when classes resume after winter break. The building closed in September after a teacher said she saw a rat in her classroom. The next month Superintendent Dan Marenda said they had trapped a rat in the school. During winter break, Marenda says they are doing one more “top to bottom scrubbing” of the building.

Preschoolers in La Salle had been temporarily going to class in other district buildings.

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New students can get a preview of life at Illinois Valley Community College

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2014

Know anyone who will be going to Illinois Valley Community College for the first time next semester?

IVCC is offering a “Spring Preview” for new students on Thursday, January 8th at the Oglesby campus. Students can go from 9 until 12:15 and get their ID card, buy textbooks, find classes and meet the faculty. Financial aid representatives will also be there to help.

Spring semester at IVCC starts January 12th.

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Former La Salle County Board member thinks current board violating state law

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2014

The La Salle County Board meets Monday but a local government watchdog doesn’t think they should be allowed to take any official action.

Former board member Stephen Carlson of Mendota says as of two o’clock Sunday afternoon, an agenda hadn’t been posted on the county’s website. Therefore he thinks they are in violation of the Open Meetings Act which the county has to make an agenda available to see 48 hours before a meeting.

The board is expected to meet Monday afternoon and take action on a tax levy. Carlson is on the agenda to talk about taxes.

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AirAsia plane missing

Posted by wlpo on December 28, 2014

It’s been more than 12 hours with no sign of a missing AirAsia plane that disappeared over the Java Sea with 162 people aboard. Officials say there was no distress call but the plane, headed to Singapore from Indonesia, did request a diversion due to weather.

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500 trapped on burning ferry

Posted by wlpo on December 28, 2014

Gale-force winds and choppy seas have trapped passengers on the top decks of a burning Italian ferry, hampering the evacuation of nearly 500 people. The ship caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday.

Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, with nearby merchant ships lining up to form a wall against the raging gusts. There are no reports of injuries or imminent danger of sinking.

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