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Authorities investigate mysterious death

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2015

Authorities in Cook County are investigating the death of the CEO of a company involved in a lawsuit with the state of Illinois over the company’s failed bid for a medical marijuana-farming permit. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 51-year-old Andrew James was found unresponsive in his Kenilworth home on Thursday. Authorities are awaiting test results after an autopsy was inconclusive.

James headed PM Rx. A spokesman for the company said it would meet soon to discuss how to proceed without James as CEO. PM Rx filed a lawsuit alleging it lost its bid for a permit because the Illinois Department of Agriculture broke rules when awarding permits.

Last month, a judge ruled that a temporary restraining order delaying the other company from going forward can remain in place.

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Tollway Authority invites voters to speak

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2015

You can help encourage safe driving on Illinois Tollways. The Tollway Authority wants the public to vote on 15 select messages that could appear on 37 Tollway message boards the rest of the year.

There’s 5 messages in 3 catagories: impaired driving, distracted driving and not wearing a seat belt. Between now and April 17th, vote for your favorites at Illinois tollway dot com. Among the entries: “Leave the Tweets for the passenger seats” and “Your Driving is Lousy when you’re Drowsy”. The winners will be announced next week

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Ameren will upgrade infrastructure

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2015

Ameren will invest 2.6 million dollars in infrastructure upgrades this year in LaSalle County. The utility company said Friday it will add 170-thousand dollars in automation to the Peru-Huntsman substation to provide real-time data on system performance and provide a quicker response to service interruptions. A breaker will be installed in the South Ottawa substation to allow Ameren to switch service if a transformer fails. In the city itself, automated and remote controlled switching devices will be installed that reduce the number of customers affected by an outage. Total investment in Ottawa is 870-thousand dollars.

And, in Wedron, a 2.5 mile section of power lines will be upgraded to allow for future customers. Total cost is 2.6 million. Improvements should be in service by the end of the year.

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Police withholding motorcyclist’s name

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2015

The Sheriff’s office is not releasing, at this time, the name of the man fatally injured in a motorcycle accident west of Seneca late Saturday afternoon. The Sheriff’s department said the 52-year old was operating a motorcycle which crashed for unknown reasons. The man’s identity is being withheld until the next of kin are notified.

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Clinton to announce intentions Sunday

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign will center on boosting middle-class economic security and broadening opportunities for working families. That’s according to 2 senior advisers. The advisers insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the plans ahead of Sunday’s official announcement for the Chicago-born former first lady, U.S. Senator and secretary of state.

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Hahn retires from Mendota Police

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2015

Lt. Kenneth Hahn, a member of Mendota’s police force since 1976, took on a new role last Friday – retirement. A posting on the department’s Facebook page says Hahn started as a part-time patrolmen and went full-time 2 years later. Over the years he worked as a patrolman, juvenile officer, criminal investigator and served as Chief from 1990 to 1997.

A medical disability forced him to step down but he returned to duty in October 2001 as a Sergeant. He rose to Administrative Lieutenant in 2015. The posting said his knowledge and professionalism will be greatly missed.

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Westclox museum preparing searchable documents

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2015

Another dimension to the Westclox Museum is coming together. Curator Michael Wollack says 476 pages of the Westclox “Tick Tock” publications are being converted into searchable documents. When ready, anyone will be able to search for a family member in the publications that were printed between 1913 and 1922. The museum is open 9 – 3 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 – 2 Saturdays. It’s in the west end of the Westclox building.

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Motorcycle accident claims a life

Posted by wlpo on April 12, 2015

An accident claimed the life of a 52-year old man late Saturday afternoon on Route 6, just west of Seneca. The Sheriff’s department says the man was operating a motorcycle when it crashed for an unknown reason. The man’s identity is being withheld until next of kin are notified. Seneca fire and EMS responded to the scene.

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