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Archive for April 9th, 2015

Sirens blare but no tornadoes in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on April 9, 2015

Sirens blared in the 8 o’clock hour in places like Streator and Kangley but despite a tornado warning, no confirmed tornado ever touched down in La Salle, Bureau or Putnam County Thursday night.

There was however hail reported in Lostant, Magnolia and Varna with a 70 mile per hour wind gust in Lostant. Calls also went out about power lines being downed in Malden and Seatonville along with a transformer blowing up west of Route 23 near Streator.

At the height of the storms, Ameren reported nearly 140 homes without power in Bureau County.


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Addition to La Salle County Historical Society Museum will be unveiled this month

Posted by wlpo on April 9, 2015

The Heritage Center, the newest addition to the LaSalle County Historical Society’s Museum campus, will have a grand opening ceremony Sunday, April 26.

The Heritage Center is on the site of the old Utica Co-op. The property was sold to the historical society in August 2012.

Exhibits at the heritage center will focus mainly on the 20th century and the military. Displays include a Word War I aid station and different types of naval ships that traveled on the Illinois River during World War II.

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IVCC spending six figures on Wi-Fi expansion

Posted by wlpo on April 9, 2015

If you think your internet bill is too high, imagine providing Wi-Fi to an entire community college.

The Illinois Valley Community College Board of Trustees is spending around $175,000 to expand Wi-Fi at the Oglesby campus. The money will go towards larger fiber optic cables, additional Wi-Fi access points and pieces of hardware and software.

IVCC is also spending over a million dollars on a student center and cyber café.

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Walgreens planning to close several stores

Posted by wlpo on April 9, 2015

Walgreens plans to close about 200 U.S. stores as they expand on a $1 billion cost-reduction plan.

The Illinois-based drug store says it also will reorganize its corporate operations and streamline its information technology and other functions. Walgreens expects the moves to add $500 million to its estimated cost savings from its three-year plan.

Company officials say they are still putting together the list of stores that will close.

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There will soon be one less elected official in Utica

Posted by wlpo on April 9, 2015

Do you think a city clerk should be elected or appointed? The way Utica’s clerk is picked is changing.

According to the NewsTribune, trustees have decided to allow the mayor to appoint the village clerk instead of it being an elected position. Laurie Gbur is the current clerk and still has two years left on her elected term so the change won’t happen until her term is up.

Future Village President Matt Jereb voted against the change wondering why the change needed to be made two years before the clerk’s term runs out.

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Public’s help needed in stopping counterfeit cash scheme in Ottawa and elsewhere

Posted by wlpo on April 9, 2015

Police in Ottawa and Somonauk are among those looking for a pair of women allegedly using counterfeit $20 bills.

Ottawa investigators say numerous businesses have been the victim of this counterfeit scheme. Officers are looking for two Hispanic women who may be driving a late 90’s Mitsubishi Galant. Somonauk Police say they’ve identified one of the women but haven’t said if she’s been arrested yet.

You can see surveillance photos on the Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO Facebook page.

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