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Hundreds of students benefiting from school supply drive in Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on August 13, 2015

School supplies aren’t cheap so you can imagine how big it is to have staff at St. Margaret’s Hospital stepping up with three vans full of supplies for underprivileged children.

A hospital fundraiser, a cash donation and contributions by hospital staff helped fill the vans and also provide three thousand dollars to the United Way’s “Helping Underprivileged School Kids Year round”, or H.U.S.K.Y initiative. Students in Bureau, La Salle and Putnam County are all helped by H.U.S.K.Y.

The charity this school year is donating supplies to nearly 5,000 students at 31 schools.

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New budget passed few days before school year begins at IVCC

Posted by wlpo on August 13, 2015

Projected revenues are down for Illinois Valley Community College but so are expenses.

The IVCC trustees have passed a budget for this next school year with revenues of $33 million, a seven percent drop from last budget year. Expenses are predicted to $36 million which is nearly six percent less than last year. One big expenditure is nearly $1.5 million to finish a cyber café and student center. State money is paying for 3/4ths of the cost.

The college is balancing its budget by transferring money and dipping into reserves.

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Chain reaction crash in Ottawa sends three to a hospital

Posted by wlpo on August 13, 2015

Listening to the radio while driving is a great idea but changing stations can distract you.

Eighteen-year-old Nickolas Quick of Ottawa says he looked away Wednesday afternoon to change stations and when he looked back up, it was too late to avoid rear-ending 19-year-old Christa Moore also of Ottawa. That collision pushed Moore into the back of a truck driven by 31-year-old Jeff McDunnin of Ottawa. The final driver involved in the crash on the northbound side of Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, 33-year-old Stacey Graham of Streator rear-ended Quick.

Graham and a 15-year-old girl riding with her were both taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center. McDunnin was also looked over at the Ottawa hospital.

Quick was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The crash snarled traffic on the bridge for several minutes.

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Firefighters help children down from old railroad bridge in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on August 13, 2015

It’s natural to be adventurous as a kid but three children pushed the limits on the east side of La Salle.

La Salle police officers and firefighters were called out Tuesday night to the “mile long” railroad bridge over the I & M Canal for three 12-year-olds who needed help. Firefighters went out and got the kids after they had climbed down onto a lower support beam of the bridge.

The kids were fine but were given tickets for trespassing.

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IVCC filling the tuition gap for students who are not getting state grant money

Posted by wlpo on August 13, 2015

Around 500 students and their parents are breathing easier today thanks to a decision made by administrators at Illinois Valley Community College.

Because of the state budget crisis, money isn’t available for tuition help to IVCC students who were supposed to get state-funded MAP grants. With classes starting right around the corner, IVCC is covering the lost grant money.

IVCC President Jerry Corcoran says the school can’t allow the budget situation to keep students from enrolling. Illinois State and Bradley also are covering the MAP grants.

MAP grants can cover up to $1,700 of a student’s tuition.

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Sergeant gets promoted to police chief in Utica

Posted by wlpo on August 13, 2015

There’s a new chief in town in Utica.

According to the NewsTribune, Jay Stachowiak has been named the village’s new police chief. He’s been with the village’s police force for nine years. Stachowiak also has over 20 years’ experience with the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office.

He replaces Mark Wren as police chief. Wren died in May after a battle with cancer.

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Federal loans now available to Illinois Valley farmers with crop losses due to flooding

Posted by wlpo on August 13, 2015

If flooding left your crops underwater, help is available.

Every county in the Illinois Valley has been declared a federal disaster area based on losses because of rain and flooding this spring and summer. If you’re a farmer and think you qualify, give the Farm Service Agency a call. Federal help is based on the extent of your crop losses and your ability to repay the federal loan.

Only Texas has more counties considered disaster areas because of flooding than Illinois.

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