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Archive for April 15th, 2015

More IVCC employees want to be part of a union

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2015

A group of Illinois Valley Community College workers are looking to become union workers.

The Illinois Federation of Teachers has filed paperwork to represent support staff at IVCC. Support staff workers are mainly office staff. Administrative Assistant for Project Success Theresa Bowen says unionization gives her and others the chance to negotiate their salary, benefits and working conditions.

IVCC already has a faculty union and a union that represents service employees like janitors.


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Planned water outages will effect east side of Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2015

If you live on the east end of Oglesby, get ready to temporarily be without water.

Water will be shut off Friday from 8 until 4 on Watson Avenue between First to Walnut Street. Then on Monday the water shutoff extends east on Walnut Street down past Lehigh Park, affecting homes on streets past the Ed Hand Highway.

After the water is turned back on, there will be a boil order in effect.

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Gas leak taken care of near Northview School

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2015

Students at Northview School in Peru got out a little early today after a gas line ruptured around 2:35 this afternoon near the school.

A contractor working at the new addition of the school allegedly hit a gas line at Shooting Park Road and Plum Street which caused the leak. Peru emergency personnel were quick on the scene and the road was blocked off at 21st street. The school was evacuated at 2:55 and the gas was turned off by 3:09.

According to the NewsTribune, Peru Fire Chief Jeff King said no houses in the area were evacuated, but crews were working to help air out some that were downwind of the leak.

Peru and Oglesby Fire departments were on the scene along with Peru Police.

The all-clear was given at 3:45, the roads were open by 3:50 and all officers, fire crews and emergency personnel were off the scene by 4. Ameren workers remained on the scene for repair work.

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DUI patrol in La Salle County leads to zero drunken driving arrests

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2015

State troopers went out looking for drunken drivers this past Saturday in La Salle County. The good news is they didn’t make any DUI arrests. The bad news is apparently plenty of drivers aren’t driving the speed limit.

During the special patrol, troopers say they gave out three speeding tickets and 21 written warnings for speeding. They handed out a total of 61 written warnings.

Three people stopped were arrested for driving with suspended licenses.

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Election at IVCC for new student government leaders

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2015

With the school year winding down, new student leaders have been picked at Illinois Valley Community College for next school year.

Becca Herrmann of Spring Valley has been elected student president for the 2015-16 school year. Katie Destri of Spring Valley was elected vice-president, Cody O’Brien of Lostant is the treasurer and Vanessa Oliveras of Spring Valley was elected secretary.

Austin Burnette of Mendota is the new student trustee, Travis Sauers of Streator was elected sophomore representative, and Kaitlin Raineri of Peru and Monica Leonard of Mendota were elected to the sophomore programming board.

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Conditions are ripe for field fires in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2015

Wednesday is not a good day for burning.

Strong winds and low relative humidity has led to a Red Flag Warning until seven Wednesday night. The National Weather Service says that when the conditions are like this, there’s an “explosive” fire growth potential.

Winds could gust as high as 30 miles an hour which would help spread brush or grass fires.

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Illinois Valley Community College gears up for annual job fair

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2015

Fine tune the resume and practice those interview skills. The 24th Annual IVCC Job Fair is Thursday.

Sixty companies have signed up to be at the job fair and they’re looking to hire. If you’re looking for a job, come dressed for success and bring at least 10 copies of your resume.

The job fair runs from 10 until 2. Shap from 99.3 WAJK will broadcast live from the job fair starting at 11.

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Meals on Wheels group needs your help

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2015

You can help keep the meals rolling by supporting a fundraiser for the Voluntary Action Center.

The group is having its sixth annual Taco Night & Bake Sale Fundraiser Thursday from 4 until 6:30 at the Oglesby Elks. The Voluntary Action Center has been providing meals to seniors and people who are homebound in La Salle, Putnam and Bureau County since 2003. You may know what they do as “Meals on Wheels”.

Kathy Buckley is with the Voluntary Action Center. She says they are at the point where they need your help financially. Many of their vehicles that deliver food have over 200,000 miles on them.

Tickets to Thursday night’s Taco Night & Bake Sale are $6 for adults and $3 for kids between 6 and 12 years old. Besides all the food there will also be live entertainment and prizes.

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Arrest made in Mendota home break-in

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2015

No matter where you live, lock the door behind you.

Charles Hampton of West Brooklyn is accused of breaking into a house on the west end of Mendota. He was arrested Tuesday afternoon for criminal trespass to a residence along with criminal damage to state property.

Hampton was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Replacement for Aaron Schock will be picked in September

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) – Dates have been set in the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.

A primary will happen July 7th with a general election on Sept. 10th. Candidates can start filing election papers today. State Sen. Darin LaHood is considered the front-runner in the heavily Republican district.

Schock resigned last month amid questions about his office expenses and campaign spending. The Justice Department is investigating him.

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