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Archive for May 23rd, 2016

Push continues to get feedback on large L-P tax proposal

Posted by wlpo on May 23, 2016

If you live in the L-P School District, more mail is coming about the proposed $67 million tax referendum.

Surveys with about a dozen questions should arrive in your mailbox this week. The school board wants your feedback before they go ahead and put the tax question on the November ballot.

During a presentation to the La Salle City Council Monday night, L-P Superintendent Steve Wrobleski says it’s not cost effective to demolish or abandon the current high school. A brand new high school would allegedly cost over $121 million.

Alderman Jim Bacidore hasn’t been won over by the idea. He likely spoke for many older L-P graduates in saying they got by just fine with in the current building with more students than there is now and they made it without air conditioning.

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Suicide Prevention Walk will also Remember Loved Ones Lost Next Friday

Posted by wlpo on May 23, 2016

The City of Princeton will once again be making suicide prevention their business next week.

The 7th annual Living Works Suicide Walk will be June 4th in the city. The event is both about prevention of suicide and remembering loved ones who have been lost to suicide. The walk starts at Darius Miller Park and ends at Zearing Park, where there will be a balloon launch, music by 212, raffles and guest speakers.

It’s $20 if you register early, but $25 to register the day-of. You can register for the walk via the Living Works website here.

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Hopewell Man Taken to Hospital after Crash on One-Way Street

Posted by wlpo on May 23, 2016

You have to remember if you’re in Ottawa that a handful of streets are one way.

A man from Hopewell was on Columbus Street in Ottawa Sunday afternoon when he said his GPS told him to turn left. Police say James Crank thought he was in the left-hand lane when he turned, but he was actually in the middle lane.

When he tried to turn left, the 20-year old actually turned in front of a car driven by 48-year old Kevin Goff of Ottawa. Goff then hit the back of Crank’s car.

Crank had to be taken to OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Crank was also cited for improper lane use.

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Repairs delaying opening of the Oglesby pool

Posted by wlpo on May 23, 2016

Due to repairs, the Oglesby city pool won’t be ready for the holiday weekend.

Oglesby Parks Director Bob Ghighi says they hope to have the pool open mid next week or by next weekend at the latest. Crews are fixing some cracks and doing some patching around the pool.

Mayor Don Finley recently said this could be the last year for the city pool because of repair costs.

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LSD and cocaine arrests made at Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on May 23, 2016

If you thought marijuana was the only drug making the rounds at state parks you’d be mistaken. Two guys from the Chicago area are accused of having harder drugs at Starved Rock State Park.
After noticing someone climbing over the railing at Wildcat Canyon Thursday afternoon, a conservation officer confronted 28-year-old Javier Jimenez of Cicero and 28-year-old Christophe Bernard of Chicago. Jimenez is accused of having LSD while Bernard may have had LSD and cocaine. Other pills were also sent off for testing.

Both Bernard and Jimenez were taken to the county jail.

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Warmer than normal summer predicted for the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on May 23, 2016

It looks like you may be running the air conditioner a lot this summer.

The National Weather Service has put out its summer outlook for temperatures and severe weather. When it comes to summer temperatures, the forecast is for a “La Nina” weather pattern which usually means warmer than normal. The “La Nina” though doesn’t really give any scoop on if this summer will be wetter than normal or if there will be a lot of severe storms.

In the short term, this week’s weather will have high temperatures in the 80s with a chance of storms every day this week but today.

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More on 34 sale returning Father’s Day weekend

Posted by wlpo on May 23, 2016

Are you a bargain hunter? How does a 120-mile long yard sale sound?

The annual More on 34 sales are back Fathers Day weekend, June 17th and 18th. The sales run from Galesburg to Yorkville. Towns in the Illinois Valley taking part include: Sheffield; Wyanet; Princeton; LaMoille; Mendota; Earlville; Somonauk; and Sandwich. In Princeton indoor and outdoor sales will be at the Bureau County Fairgrounds.

Most sales begin at 8 and end at 5. For more information, click More on 34 Sale

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Motorcycle crash near Ottawa sends rider to the hospital

Posted by wlpo on May 23, 2016

With so many motorcycles out this past weekend, there was bound to be accidents.

Sixty-four-year-old Thomas Beeding of Wilmington was on Dee Bennett Road just west of Ottawa Sunday afternoon when he tried to brake for a stopped car. Beeding ended up laying his bike down and skidding into an intersection. He was taken to OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.

Nobody else was hurt in the crash.

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Hall parents urged to tell lawmakers to pass a budget

Posted by wlpo on May 23, 2016

If you have a student at Hall High School, pick up the phone and call State Representative Andy Skoog and State Senator Sue Rezin.

Hall Superintendent Mike Struna has written up a letter to parents warning that if the state doesn’t pass a budget before the election, the high school could close its doors in the spring. Struna says the district can survive on property taxes until January or February.

In the last three years, Struna says they have eliminated the principal position and school librarian, cut a custodian and cafeteria worker and also cut an English, foreign language and P.E. teacher. Next school year they are getting rid of a social studies and special education teacher.

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Truck stops in the Illinois Valley seeing plenty of gambling action

Posted by wlpo on May 23, 2016

If you want to make the most money off of video gambling, open a truck stop.

Four spots in the Illinois Valley saw over $200,000 get pumped into video gambling machines last month and three of them were truck stops. Over $265,000 was gambled at the Road Ranger in Princeton with $263,000 wagered at the Flying J in La Salle. The Road Ranger in Ottawa saw over $252,000 of action. Maybe surprisingly the other spot with well over $200,000 wagered in video gambling machines last month was the Shell station north of Interstate 80 in Peru.

While not as popular as Road Ranger’s, Love’s truck stops in Oglesby and Utica did see over $340,000 in wagers combined last month.

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