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11 year old Peoria girl goes missing Saturday night

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2016

An 11 year old Peoria girl is missing and is believed to have run away. Peoria Police say CeCe D. Doby was last seen about 7pm Saturday night near Cityscape Apartments in the 600 block of Romeo Garrett Avenue.

CeCe Doby is black, 5 feet 2 inches tall,  about 90 to 100 pounds, with short straight hair. She was last seen wearing a pink tank top, white and pink shorts and pink flip flops.  If you believed you have seen her,  call the Peoria Police Department.

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Storm damage found in Lee County Saturday

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2016

The wind blew and the rain flew in Oglesby after 8pm Saturday night. But, apparently there was no damage anywhere in the immediate Illinois Valley.  Winds were strong enough to topple trees at the Lee County Fairgrounds and in the town of Amboy early Saturday evening.  2700 people in the county lost power.

Expect sun and temperatures in the 80’s Sunday and on the Holiday.  The Holiday also includes a slight chance of rain and signals the start of daily rain chances through Thursday.

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Drugs suspected in 18-year old’s death

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2016

The Grundy County Coroner and Sheriff’s office have a mystery on their hands.  Coroner John Callahan says it appears the death of 18-year old Kelsey Allison may have been due to drugs. Callahan’s release cautioned that he doesn’t know – at this time – what drug or combination of drugs is responsible.

Allison was found unresponsive Saturday morning in a home on North Perch Court in Braidwood. Callahan pronounced her dead shortly after 5am.  An autopsy was performed Saturday afternoon, but the actual cause of death remains undetermined.  Items of interest were found in the home.  The Sheriff’s office and Coroner will continue to investigate.

 

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Norfolk Southern Second Large Railroad to say it Wouldn’t Use Proposed Great Lakes Basin Railroad

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2016

(AP) – A second large railroad says it’s not interested in a proposed $8 billion, 278-mile rail line from Indiana to Wisconsin aimed at relieving Chicago-area freight congestion.

Norfolk Southern has submitted a letter to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board saying it has multiple routes into the Chicago area and a bypass route that goes to Kansas City, so it doesn’t believe it would use the proposed Great Lakes Basin Railroad.

The Union Pacific Railroad has said previously it wasn’t interested. Public comment continues through June 15 with the transportation board.

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Friends of Paralyzed Peru Police Officer Hope to Raise Money Saturday Night

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2016

If you’ve spent time in the hospital recently, you know bills add up in a hurry.

Friends of Peru Police Sergeant Jason Brokaw want to help his family out as the officer battles paralysis from the chest down.  The eight year veteran first started experiencing pain a few months ago.  He’s been getting treatment in Peoria but is home now.

A benefit is happening Saturday at the La Salle Knights of Columbus Hall from 6:00 until midnight.  There will be live music, raffles, food and drinks to help raise money for Brokaw and his family at the benefit.

For tickets you can stop by or call the Peru Police Department.

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Holiday Weekend May Mean Different Day for Trash Pick-Up

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2016

When a holiday weekend rolls around you want to make sure you know the new time your trash will be picked up the next week.

Spring Valley City Clerk Becky Hansen says her office will be closed on Monday to celebrate Memorial Day. As a result, all garbage pickup will be one day later in Spring Valley next week.

If you have any questions, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 664-4221.

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Teen Hits Train Friday Morning in Streator

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2016

Not making sure to check before crossing train tracks in your car can have severe consequences.

LaSalle County Deputies responded to reports of a crash involving a teenager and a train Friday morning. According to police, the 17-year old had been driving through Streator when their car hit a train engine at the Cross Street crossing near Frech Street.

The 17-year old was taken to OSF Urgent Care and given a ticket for failing to yield.

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Utica’s Canal Market to be Held Sunday “Rain or Shine”

Posted by wlpo on May 28, 2016

Branded as “Where the Past Meets the Present,” the Canal Market in Utica is back for another year.

Vendors will have their goods for sale tomorrow from 10:00 until 4:00 near the La Salle County Historical Society campus.  There will be antiques, collectibles, and homemade or homegrown products.

Sunday’s Canal Market goes on rain or shine.

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Skoog Sends Robocall Reply to Illinois House Republicans

Posted by wlpo on May 27, 2016

Your phone may be busy this weekend, even if you weren’t expecting it.

State Representative Andy Skoog has put out a “robocall” of his own, defending his actions in Springfield which have recently come under fire by Illinois House Republicans. The Republicans launched the calls on Thursday, which blast legislators in seven districts the GOP is hoping to win in November.

Skoog’s is one of the seats being targeted. In his response, Skoog warns voters that “you may have been given false information.” The Democrat is looking for his first full term in office after he was picked to replace current Auditor General Frank Mautino.

Republican Jerry Long of Streator is Skoog’s opponent. You can click here to listen to Skoog’s call that went out on Friday.

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Jobless rates improve in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on May 27, 2016

The job market improved in April, and not just for the Illinois Valley. Unemployment fell in every county in the state last month.

LaSalle, Bureau, and Putnam Counties all had their unemployment rates fall by more than the rate statewide also. In LaSalle and Bureau Counties, unemployment fell 1.1 points to 7.2 and 6.4 percent respectively. Putnam County’s rate fell 1.5 points, bringing it to 5.8 percent, which is lower than Illinois’ rate.

Unemployment in the state fell to 6.2 percent while the national rate is even lower, at 4.7 percent.

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