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Outdoors Expo returns to downtown Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2015

If you enjoy the outdoors, Spring Valley is the place to be Saturday.

815Life.com presents the 2nd Annual Spring Valley Outdoors Expo from 10 until 4. Besides food, raffles and live music, there will be a shooting range, free kids fishing lessons, a climbing wall and dozens of vendors. The large fish tank is back by popular demand along with a dog show.

For a complete rundown of the Spring Valley Outdoors Expo presented by 815 Life.com, click http://www.svoutdoorsexpo.com/

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“Enhanced” chance of severe weather predicted for the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2015

It could be a stormy start to the new work week.

The National Weather Service has the Illinois Valley in an “enhanced” chance of severe storms on Monday. The latest forecast calls for the best chance of widespread storms late afternoon into the evening.

There’s plenty of heat and humidity to create storms. It could feel like almost 100 with humidity factored in.

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Trucker charged with felony

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2015

A semi driver from Tennessee faces a felony charge of driving while fatigued following a 12-vehicle crash on Interstate 55 in suburban Chicago.

52-year-old Mark Tipton of Crossville, Tennessee, appeared in bond court Sunday. Five people were taken to hospitals after the pre-dawn crash Friday. Another 9 people were treated at the scene. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening.

Investigators say Tipton failed to stop, causing a pileup collision on a section of roadway where 2 northbound lanes were closed for construction. The ISP says Tipton reported he fell asleep just before the crash and he did not attempt to stop.

Tipton faces other charges including violating truck driving rules and making a false report.

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LaSalle Library offers tech advice

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2015

Is your laptop, smartphone or tablet doing things the salesman didn’t promise? Can’t make sense of the “tech manual”? If you have time late Wednesday morning, bring your device to LaSalle Library for a possible solution.

It’s called “Tea and Tech” and it could help you start an email account, download an “e-book” from the library’s website or simply understand how to make better use of your electronic device. The program is between 10:30 and 12:30, is free and open to the public. More such workshops are planned in the future. The library is ADA compliant.

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LaSalle City Council meets Monday

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2015

At their meeting Monday night, LaSalle City Council may choose a company to perform audits in the future. Those audits potentially include electric, telecom, cable and gas utility service tax, franchise fee, sales tax or utility costs. The council may vote to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Dimmick Grade School District and approve another ordinance for a redevelopment agreement with Beck Oil Company. An executive session is also planned.

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Churches stand against South Carolina attack

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2015

Prayers for 9 victims of a shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, filled sanctuaries in Illinois where pastors spoke of love triumphing over hate.

In the southwestern Illinois city of O’Fallon, the congregation of New Life in Christ Church joined hands to sing “We Shall Overcome.” The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the church’s Bishop Geoffrey Dudley said: “No matter who’s doing the hating, God’s doing the loving.”

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Humans and dog prepared for swim

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2015

Firefighters in northern Illinois have rescued a couple and their dog from the fast-moving DuPage River after their kayak capsized. The Naperville Sun reports the couple, in their 50s, and their pet dog were all wearing flotation devices.

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Princeton’s Festival 56’s summer season starts

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2015

Princeton’s “Festival 56” summer of shows is underway.  This week,  night and afternoon performances are planned for “Respect: A Musical Journey of Women” at Grace Performing Arts Center.  Evening shows are at 7:30 and afternoon ones are at 2pm.   The musical has several hits songs from the 60’s and 70’s heard on the radio at that time. Get ticket and show information on line at festival 56 dot com.  Other shows will follow through the summer at the performing center on Main Street i Princeton.

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Storm leaves little damage last night

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2015

    Mother Nature whipped up some storm activity across northern Illinois Saturday night. Northeast LaSalle County was under a severe thunderstorm warning around 7pm, but it last only 30 minutes. The National Weather Service says a tree and some power lines were knocked down in the village of Lostant Saturday evening. Otherwise, no other damage was reported.

    A Flash Flood warning was in effect in southern LaSalle County overnight, but has now expired.  A flood warning is still in effect on the Illinois River at Ottawa and LaSalle. The river was just inches above flood stage Saturday night in Ottawa. The Illinois is still  7 feet above flood stage at LaSalle. Daily chances of rain are forecast Monday through Friday.

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Truck stolen from rural Grand Ridge

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2015

   The person responsible for the theft of a truck from rural Grand Ridge better know they’re on the police radar. According to the sheriff’s department, Kelly Hert of rural Grand Ridge said between midnight Friday and 9am Saturday, someone hopped in and drove off with a White Chevy 2500 4 X 4 and utility trailer from in front of the house.

    Hert said she saw and heard nothing unusual during that 9 hour stretch. The trailer is made by H & H and is 8.5 feet by 12 feet.. The sheriff’s department has entered this information into the “LEEDS” and “NCIC” networks, so police nationwide will be looking for this truck and trailer.

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