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Online fundraiser still going for Streator schools

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2016

After an initial fundraising push, donations have waned towards the struggling Streator Elementary School District.

A “gofundme” account was set up late last month by Jan Urbance who is the co-president of the elementary district teacher’s union. A little over two thousand dollars has been raised so far in nearly three weeks. Urbance set a goal of $125,000.

Money raised is supposed to go towards keeping sports in the district. The elementary board in Streator has already closed a school, cut staff and done away with art, music and PE classes.

To donate, click Streator Elementary gofundme

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ComEd asking to raise rates

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2016

If you live in Mendota or Streator, your ComEd bill is likely going up next year.

The utility asked the state this week for two separate rate increases that would take effect in January. ComEd is looking for an extra $138 million from their customers to pay for “modernizing their system.” The Illinois Commerce Commission can deny their rate increase, approve it or agree to a lower dollar amount.

If ComEd gets their way, bills would go up about $2 a month starting in January and another extra dollar in June.

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Digital projector on its way to Earlville Drive-In

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2016

With the weather heating up, why not watch a movie outside.

The Route 34 Drive-In Theatre in Earlville is open for business and looks like it will be for the foreseeable future. A “gofundme” page was set up amid fears that the drive in would go out of business not having enough cash to convert its projector to digital.

Enough money has been raised to order a digital projector. While it won’t be ready for this weekend, it should be up and running in the next few weeks.

This weekend’s double feature is “Batman vs. Superman” and “Point Break.”

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New video gaming numbers are out

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2016

Each month in 2016 has seen more video gaming in Illinois than the month before. Illinoisans put almost $40 million dollars more into machines in March than February.

Ottawa extended its lead over Streator for the most video gaming action last month in the Illinois Valley. A little less than $1.9 million was put into Ottawa machines while a little over $1.7 million dollars went into Streator machines.

Also in the million-dollar club when it comes to video gaming in the Illinois Valley are La Salle and Peru. More than $1.5 million was wagered in Peru last month while La Salle was just shy of $1.3 million.

Princeton fell just shy of a million dollars, with a little more than $900,000 wagered.

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Fall registration underway at IVCC

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2016

It’s hard to believe but graduation is just a little over a month away at Illinois Valley Community College.

With time flying by, registration for fall semester at IVCC started Wednesday. You can also register now for summer school which starts May 23rd.

For registration information click IVCC Registration Information

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Police rush to Seneca for “shots fired” call

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2016

A Seneca man is in jail after creating some tense moments by allegedly firing a gun inside a home.

Just before 5:30 Wednesday afternoon, a 9-1-1 call went out about “shots fired” inside of a house on North Main Street. Twenty-eight-year-old Jeremy Hahn of Seneca allegedly fired a couple rounds into the wall of his home without hitting anyone because he was upset with his girlfriend. Hahn initially left the house but was talked into coming back by police.

He’s now in the La Salle County Jail facing charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm and not having a valid FOID card.

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Streator leaders propose veterans home in old hospital building

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2016

When not voting on bills, lawmakers in Springfield usually are hearing from people lobbying for something. On Wednesday, Senator Sue Rezin was being told about the possibilities of a veteran’s home opening in Streator.

Streator Mayor Jimmie Lansford and City Manager Scot Wrighton visited Rezin in Springfield to propose turning the old St. Mary’s Hospital into a state veteran’s home. OSF Healthcare owns the hospital right now but they eventually plan to move healthcare services to a yet to be built outpatient clinic somewhere else in the city.

Illinois currently has four veteran’s homes including the one in La Salle.

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Spring Valley woman claims lottery prize

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2016

Last week you heard about a winning lottery ticket being sold in downtown La Salle. Today comes news about who won the $300,000.

Janina Ligas of Spring Valley is the big winner in the Lucky Day Lotto. Her ticket matched all five winning numbers in last Wednesday’s drawing. She bought the ticket at the downtown La Salle Shell station.

Ligas told the Illinois Lottery that “It will be so nice to be debt free!” She plans to pay bills and pay off her mortgage.

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Raikes and Jensen keep county leadership roles

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2016

Apparently Democrats and Republicans in La Salle County are happy with local leadership.

Conventions were held Wednesday night to elect chairpersons for both parties in La Salle County. Rocky Raikes was re-elected as chairman of the La Salle County Democratic Committee while Don Jensen was re-elected as chairman of the La Salle County GOP Committee.

Next up for Jensen is trying to unseat Democrat Jerry Hicks as the La Salle County Board chairman.

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