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Talks continue tonight in DePue about contamination cleanup

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2016

You’ll have a chance to speak up about the soil cleanup efforts in DePue during a public meeting this evening.

Members of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will be on-hand to take your feedback, as well as give a formal presentation on the proposed cleanup plan. This part of the overall effort to clean up contaminated soil left by New Jersey Zinc and, later, Exxon and CBS, would involve testing soil in DePue yards and replacing entire portions of a yard that is found to be contaminated.

If you want to see the proposal for yourself, you can do that by heading to the DePue Gymnasium tonight from 6:00 to 8:00.

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Homeless woman charged in fatal collision in Princeton

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2016

One woman is dead while another sits in jail after a fatal collision late Sunday night.

Thirty-one-year-old April Williams of Princeton died after she was flown to OSF St. Francis Medical Center. She allegedly was hit walking from a party by 23-year-old Haylee Miller who is considered homeless. The crash happened on the west side of Princeton near the Hillview Mobile Home Park.

Miller is charged with leaving the scene of an accident that led to death. She is currently in the Bureau County Jail needing $5,000 to bond out.

Miller is due back in court July 15th.

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Words like progress and optimism coming out of Springfield

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Don’t get your hopes up too high but state lawmakers are returning to the capital today amid new signs of optimism about a deal to keep the state operating without a full budget.

The Legislature is meeting today for the first time since they went home in May without approving a full-year budget for the second straight year. The state’s new budget year begins Friday.

Late Tuesday party leaders said they made progress during a nearly three-hour meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner and would meet again this morning. The major disagreement has been over money for education, particularly in Chicago.

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