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Archive for April 6th, 2015

Semi driver blamed in three-vehicle crash near Troy Grove

Posted by wlpo on April 6, 2015

A semi fire on Interstate 39 quickly turned into something a lot bigger.

Troy Grove and Mendota firefighters responded to a fire engulfing the cab of a semi right around 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon north of Troy Grove. Minutes later, troopers say Darrell Rustad of Wisconsin didn’t slow down near the fire scene and hit the vehicles of Angela Janes of Earlville and Kerry Johnston of Minnesota from behind. Janes was taken to Saint Paul Medical Center in Mendota where she was released.

Rustad was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Southbound Interstate 39 north of Mendota was down to one lane of traffic for over three hours.


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Mendota latest town to debate allowing chickens within city limits

Posted by wlpo on April 6, 2015

Would you care if a neighbor had chickens? The debate over chickens within city limits is ongoing in Mendota.

According to the NewsTribune, the Mendota City Council agreed to consider Jennifer Skaggs’ request to have six hens in a neighborhood. She promised not to have roosters.

Skaggs argued that Mendota is a farming community so they should be allowed in city limits. However another woman told the council that while she understands why people want chickens, they smell and could lower property values and she doesn’t want them in her neighborhood.

La Salle and Utica have taken up the chicken debate as well in recent years.

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Oglesby library cracking down on patrons with overdue fines

Posted by wlpo on April 6, 2015

Have an overdue fine at the Oglesby Public Library? Make sure to pay it the next time you want to rent a book or use a computer.

Starting May 1st, the library is instituting a zero-tolerance policy where you have to pay any overdue fines before checking out a book or using a computer at the library. The same policy is in effect if you have a fine with a different public library and try to rent a book or use a computer at the Oglesby library.

The policy was approved by the Oglesby Library Board of Trustees.

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Life Flight chopper getting a new hangar in Peru

Posted by wlpo on April 6, 2015

The OSF Life Flight helicopter is getting a new home in Peru.

The Peru City Council gave the go ahead for a land-lease agreement with OSF Aviation to build a new hangar at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport. The lease is for forty years and OSF will pay over three thousand dollars in rent for the first year based on 30 cents per square foot.

Right now the helicopter is stored outside at the airport.

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Some blank spaces on Illinois Valley election ballots

Posted by wlpo on April 6, 2015

While there’s plenty of election interest for city council in Peru, Oglesby and Ottawa, not every town in the Illinois Valley will have contested races Tuesday.

In Seatonville, no one is running for village president. In Wyanet, Tiskilwa and Manlius, there are no candidates for two-year city council seats.

When it comes to school boards, there are no candidates for two-year terms on boards in DePue, Deer Park, Ottawa and Waltham.

Election coverage on Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO begins tomorrow night at 8.

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Animal shelter in La Salle planning its largest fundraiser of the year

Posted by wlpo on April 6, 2015

Unfortunately the cuteness of dogs and cats can’t pay the bills so Illinois Valley Animal Rescue is bringing back its “Building & Care Fund Auction”.

The 16th annual auction is this Saturday from 5 until 9 at Grand Bear Lodge in Utica. There will be live and silent auctions of things ranging from home and yard items to sports memorabilia to restaurant certificates and jewelry.

If you’d like to donate something for the auction, just drop it off at the IVAR Store on Peoria Street in Peru.

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State Police gearing up for prom and graduation dangers

Posted by wlpo on April 6, 2015

For many high schools, there’s less than two months left in the school year which means its prom and graduation season.

State troopers in La Salle say they will be ramping up patrols during prom and graduation season, focusing on distracted drivers along with drunken drivers and people not wearing seat belts. They’re planning random seat belt enforcement zones on top of extra patrols over the next month or so.

Past numbers show car crashes kill more teens during prom and graduation weekends than any other time of the year.

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Crash west of Ottawa involves a vehicle hitting a couch

Posted by wlpo on April 6, 2015

Of all the things to watch out for while driving, you shouldn’t have to worry about furniture.

Matthew Roux of Grand Ridge told deputies that while on Route 6 west of Ottawa, he crashed into a couch that was left on the road. He wasn’t hurt.

The crash happened Saturday night.

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Peru City Council meets last time before the election

Posted by wlpo on April 6, 2015

The Peru City Council meeting was contentious two weeks ago. What’s it going to be like the night before the election?

Monday’s meeting starts with a budget hearing at 7. The council will then decide on whether or not to extend a franchise agreement with Comcast allowing them to offer cable to Peru for another five years. As part of the deal the city gets a franchise fee of 5 percent of gross revenues for Comcast in Peru.

The council also is looking at approving a 40-year lease with OSF to have the hospital build a hangar at Illinois Valley Regional Airport. Rent would be just over $3,200 for the first year.
Before the nights over, there will also be two chances for public comment.

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