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Sausage patties recalled

Posted by wlpo on September 2, 2015

Do you have any Johnsonville pork sausage patties in your freezer? Check some of the numbers on the box. They could be included in a USDA food recall issued Wednesday.

Johnsonville Grillers Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Flavor comes in 24 oz cartons or 13.5 lb cases and was manufactured May 13, 2015. The products subject to recall have an establishment number of “EST. 425B” and a “Best Flavor By 12-29-15”. They were distributed in the Central U.S. Including Illinois.

The manufacturer, Kenosha Beef Int. LTD. has gotten consumer complaints of small pieces of metal being found in the products. No reports of injury, adverse reactions or illness due to consumption have been received. If you find these particular products in your freezer, throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.

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House fails to override Rauner veto

Posted by wlpo on September 2, 2015

House Speaker Michael Madigan and the Illinois House failed to override Governor Rauner’s veto of the much talked about SB 1229.  The bill would have cut out Rauner from the labor negotiations with state workers and allowed an arbitrator to work with AFSCME and determine a contract.  According to AFSCME Council 31 website,  it failed by 3 votes. AFSCME Council 31 said the Governor’s campaign of lies and intimidation lead legislators to vote against their constituents. Associated Press reported earlier that some Democrat lawmakers were wavering on the issue.

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Search continues near Princeton for escapee

Posted by wlpo on September 2, 2015

      I-80 allows many people through the Illinois Valley each day. But, when 1 of those travelers is in cuffs and goes running for a cornfield, that’s a problem. Transport marshalls allowed 35-year old Joshua Drinnon to escape from a state rest stop 5 miles west of Princeton around 4:45pm. Wednesday. A State Police release says he was last seen entering a cornfield on the north side of I-80.

     Drinnon was incarcerated for aggravated robbery and was headed for San Diego, when he escaped. Drinnon is a white male, 6′ 1”, 200 lbs, bald, blue eyes and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and red wind suit pants. He may possess a “shank” or a filed down toothbrush to help unlock his handcuffs. State Police are using helicopters with thermal imaging cameras in their search. Joining them are personnel from Bureau County,  Whiteside County,  the City of Princeton and the City of Peru. Buildings will be searched within a certain radius. Residents in the area should lock all vehicles, out buildings and residences. If Drinnon is spotted, do not approach…call police.

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Ottawa going after grant to build wall around waste water treatment plant

Posted by wlpo on September 2, 2015

Ottawa has been very successful at getting grants over the years and they are chasing another one.

The city with help from the North Central Illinois Council of Governments is applying for a $600,000 state grant to pay for a new seawall around the wastewater treatment plant. Mayor Bob Eschbach says during the last two major floods they’ve had to sandbag around the plant to keep water out.

The new seawall is expected to cost over $2 million so the city is going after other grant money. Eschbach says a new seawall is a must so the city is willing to spend cash on top of any grant money they get.

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Livingston County included in multi-county burglary ring

Posted by wlpo on September 2, 2015

Remember to always lock your car and house.

Men from Elwood and Kankakee allegedly admitted to 41 different daytime residential burglaries in Livingston, Kankakee, and Will Counties. Jesus DeJesus and Tone Adams were arrested Tuesday night for possession of stolen property, residential burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, and possession of firearms by a felon.

They’re accused of stealing around $30,000 worth of stuff from homes in the three counties. Additional charges and arrests are pending.

DeJesus and Adams were both taken to the Will County Jail.

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Ramp work underway at the Interstate 80 and Interstate 39 interchange

Posted by wlpo on September 2, 2015

The crunch is on to get construction projects done before cold weather arrives.

At various times over the next 10 days there will be daytime ramp closures at the Interstate 80 and Interstate 39 interchange. The work includes patching on I-39.

During the ramp closures, other ramps at the intersection will be used as detours and message boards and signs will direct you to a detour. The ramp closures are expected to last 10 days but all ramps will be open during the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

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Missing signs turn up in Utica

Posted by wlpo on September 2, 2015

The missing signs in Utica have been found.

On Tuesday, the La Salle County Historical Society Museum put on their Facebook page that someone stole almost all of their signs promoting their monthly Canal Market. The update Wednesday is that the Utica Public Works Department found the signs.

If you have information about anyone tampering with the signs, call the museum or the Utica Police Department.

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Expanded and renovated Northview Elementary School ready for students

Posted by wlpo on September 2, 2015

When students enter the newly-renovated Northview School for the first day of class Wednesday, they’ll be welcomed with a pleasant feature: air conditioning.

AC is just one of many new features for the completely remodeled and renovated Northview. The school held its grand opening last night.

The school cost about $15 million dollars and was built by Vissering Construction. With the renovations, Peru closed the old Washington school with those students also coming to Northview.

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Investigation continues into stolen guns at Exelon nuclear plant

Posted by wlpo on September 2, 2015

If you’ve been following the story of guns being stolen from the Exelon nuclear plant in La Salle County, the thief or thieves are still out there.

Megan Borchers is a spokeswoman for Exelon. She says their statement hasn’t changed from a week ago when it was made public that they noticed while doing inventory that two “side arms” used in training were gone. Borchers says the missing guns were stolen.

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office is part of the investigation.

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Another name change for the former Easter Seals office in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on September 2, 2015

The local chapter of Easter Seals is no more. But the actual organization isn’t going anywhere.

As of Tuesday, Easter Seals of La Salle and Bureau Counties became known as Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy and Child Development. The split from the national organization was made so that all donations stay local.

It’s actually the second name change for the non-profit in the past month. Initially they were going to call themselves Lifesteps but an out-of-state organization had the name and sent a letter hinting at possible legal action.

The center offers preschool, development, speech and physical therapy along with an Autism Resource Center in Ottawa.

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