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Archive for May 25th, 2015

Summer break around the corner for state lawmakers

Posted by wlpo on May 25, 2015

Schools aren’t the only places of business closing for summer vacation this week. Lawmakers in Springfield will head home after the spring session ends Sunday.

It remains to be seen if any action will happen on big issues like the budget, pensions or raising the minimum wage. If you enjoy e-cigarettes, there’s a bill being talked about that would ban indoor smoking of e-cigarettes in same places that traditional cigarettes are already banned.

Some of the more unusual proposed bills include naming an official state polka song and making it illegal for radio stations to use sirens or car crash sound effects in commercials.

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Extended holiday break for some at Marquette Academy

Posted by wlpo on May 25, 2015

With just four days left of school, some grade school students in the Illinois Valley are getting an unexpected day off.

A pipe broke over the weekend at the elementary school for Marquette Academy in Ottawa. Classes have been cancelled for elementary students at Marquette but the preschool and high school are not affected.

This Friday is supposed to be the final day of classes at the academy.

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Woman hit and killed by a train in downtown Streator

Posted by wlpo on May 25, 2015

A Streator woman is dead after being hit by a train.

Over the noon hour Saturday, Streator Police went out to the BNSF tracks on the eastside of downtown Streator and saw a woman lying on the ground. 57-year-old Pamela Wicks was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told police that Wicks walked in front of the train even though it was sounding its horn.

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Sheridan driver hurt after flipping her car onto its top

Posted by wlpo on May 25, 2015

Memorial Day for a Sheridan woman meant spending time in the hospital after a crash.

Brandi Tripp was on a county road north of Somonauk Monday morning when she lost control on the gravel. She drove into a ditch and flipped her car onto its top. Tripp was taken to Valley West Hospital.

Nobody else was involved in the crash.

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Peru woman arrested after passing out in car at gas station

Posted by wlpo on May 25, 2015

A Peru woman is in hot water after she allegedly passed out at a gas pump with a child in the car.

La Salle County Deputies responded to the Shell Oasis gas station a little after 9 Sunday morning where they found Colleen Boe allegedly passed out behind the wheel of her car at a gas pump with a child in the backseat.

Boe was charged with DUI, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and endangering the health and safety of a child.

She was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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