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Tuesday storm likely to bring rain

Posted by wlpo on January 31, 2016

There’s a storm coming – most likely Tuesday. If you’re a weather geek, you’ve probably been tracking it since last Wednesday. The latest National Weather Service forecast hints at rain and a “Wintery mix” for the Illinois Valley Tuesday. The heaviest snow will fall far west of the Illinois Valley. The Weather Service emphasizes the storm’s track is not 100% certain as the storm won’t arrive on the west coast until early Monday. The forecasters do see colder temperatures settling in for the second half of this week.

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Midland Schools closed Monday

Posted by wlpo on January 31, 2016

Midland schools 3 buildings will be closed Monday….and perhaps Tuesday as the board is faced with lead and mold issues in the Lacon elementary school. The Peoria Journal Star reports the decision was made at an emergency meeting of the school board late Saturday afternoon. The problems came to light in a report assembled by Ideal Environmental Engineering. No one from the engineering firm was present for Saturday’s meeting.

However, Vice President Tiona Kimble said she was present for the building inspection. The inspector reportedly told Kimble it wouldn’t be necessary to move the kids out and the suggested responses to the problems could be done in an evening’s time. Those responses include stablizing the lead paint found and enclosing affected areas, cleaning up dust-borne lead and conducting a full-building risk assessment.

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Unemployment Up in Illinois Valley and Statewide in 2015, Down Nationally

Posted by wlpo on January 30, 2016

The unemployment rate fell for one county in the Illinois Valley in 2015, but it was a tough year for the others.

In LaSalle County there was no change in unemployment from November to December, but it rose 0.5% in 2015 as a whole to 7.7%. Unemployment in Bureau County also ended the year just above 7%, an increase of 0.4%.

The bright spot was Putnam County, where the number fell .3% in December, meaning that the County added jobs for the year. Unemployment fell .1% to 6.4% in Putnam.

Still the numbers in the Illinois Valley lag behind the state overall, where unemployment rose 0.1% to 5.9%. Nationally unemployment fell 0.6% to just 4.8%.

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Midland School Board Meeting Saturday to Discuss Hazard Reports

Posted by wlpo on January 30, 2016

The Midland School Board is holding an emergency meeting at 5 Saturday to discuss “a possible environmental problem at the Elementary School.”

According to the Peoria Journal-Star, the district received reports from a Bloomington engineering firm late on Friday. School Superintendent Rolf Sivertsen said the most significant findings included lead hazards.

Ideal Environmental Engineering found “lead hazards” on painted surfaces in several parts of the building. The firm recommended either control options like stabilizing the paint and covering the affected areas, or replacement options such as chemically removing the paint.

Midland Elementary School was closed Thursday and Friday as a “precautionary measure.” The district was dismissed because, according to the Superintendent, the approximately 300 students could not be taken in elsewhere on such short notice.

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Police Identify Woman who Hit Mendota Girl with Her Car

Posted by wlpo on January 30, 2016

Police have determined a Mendota woman was the one who hit a 12-year old girl with her car Wednesday night.

According to the Mendota Police Department, 44-year old Sandra Lampson was going south on Stroble Avenue when the girl came onto the road and was hit by Lampson.

The girl was taken to OSF Saint Paul Hospital and her condition isn’t currently available. No tickets have been issued yet.

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Heritage Harbor Penguin Plunge Raises Record Amount for Make-A-Wish Illinois

Posted by wlpo on January 30, 2016

More than 250 people took the plunge into the Heritage Harbor Marina earlier this month, raising a record breaking amount of money.

Earlier this week, Heritage Harbor Penguin Plunge presented the total amount the event brought in to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event raised $101,500 for the charity. That includes $23,000 in contributions brought in by just one team, the Streator Peters.

Make-A-Wish Illinois helped grant the “wishes” of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Since 1985, the chapter has been able to grant more than 13,000 wishes.

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Two Arrested After Early Morning Traffic Stop on 18

Posted by wlpo on January 30, 2016

Interfering with the cops on behalf of someone else in the car usually ends badly for everyone involved.

Just after two this morning LaSalle County deputies stopped Catarina B Manasco from Marseilles and David Kierig of Rock Island on Route 18 near Eagle Township. During the stop, the deputies would arrest Kierig for obstructing a peace officer.

After the stop Manasco was arrested for DUI, No Valid Driver’s License, Improper Lane Usage, Improper Use of Registration, and no insurance.

The two were taken to the LaSalle County Jail.

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Peru Firefighters Battled Blaze in Building That was Being Demolished

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2016

A fire that had the Peru Fire Department working for 2 hours Thursday night wasn’t the first time they’d been to the property.

Fire Chief Jeff King says they had to respond to a fire there in October. He says demolition was going well on the 1800 block of 2nd street. That is, until the department received a call about a fire. King believes the fire started when construction workers began cutting water pipes. He says a piece of hot slag from the cutting landed on a rubble pile that eventually started the fire.

The fire was ultimately ruled accidental by the department. No damage was calculated since the building was already mostly demolished, and nobody was hurt in the fire.

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Mendota Girl Hospitalized Following after Being Hit by Car

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2016

A girl in Mendota has been hospitalized after being hit by a car.

According to Jason Stewart from the Mendota Police Department, they were called to the incident just before 8 on Wednesday. The victim was a 12-year old girl who had to be taken to OSF Saint Paul Hospital. Her condition is currently unknown, but Stewart said she was alert at the scene.

The incident is still under investigation so nobody has been charged. The Mendota Police Department is planning on releasing more information later today.

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Two Semi Crash Leads to Traffic Jam Along 39

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2016

State Police have yet to find the cause of the two-semi accident on I-39 South near Lostant that stopped traffic for two hours Friday morning.

According to the preliminary investigation details, 27-year old Derrick Robinson of Indiana was going south on the highway when he rear-ended 52-year old Donald Wooden of Princeton.

Robinson got the worst of the accident. He had to be pulled from his car and taken via OSF Life Flight to OSF St. Francis.

It does not appear that Wooden was injured in the crash. The accident is still under investigation by the State Police, so no charges have been filed at this time.

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