Delays Slow Final Day of DePue Boat Races

The Pro National Championship Boat Races are over at DePue for another year, but not without some excitement on the final day. Strong winds forced a 3-hour delay. When racing did resume late in the afternoon, an accident happened in the first heat of the 1100cc Hydro. Sean McKean of Texas and Jim Wright of New York were taken to the hospital. McKean was in stable condition with a leg injury and Wright received stitches on his nose.  With the delays caused by the wind and the accident, some…

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Illinois Briefs – 7/28/14

Quinn Takes Low-Wage Challenge (Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn is taking a challenge that'll force him to live on the minimum wage for a while. He made the pledge yesterday after being called out by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. She just wrapped up a week of living on just eleven-bucks a day. It's part of a movement designed to get more people out to the polls this fall where they can weigh in on whether the state's minimum wage should be raised to ten-bucks-an-hour. Lawmakers won't be…

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Final Day of DePue Boat Races – Bosnich III wins title

More national champions are being crowned on this final day of the Pro National Championship Boat Races on Lake DePue. Saturday was a big day for DePue racer Paul Bosnich III, who won a national title in the 250cc Runabout. He’s trying for the 350cc Runabout title today. Besides racing, attractions include carnival rides, games and food booths. Speaking of food, there’s the DePue Men’s Club food stand. Publicity chairman Eric Bryant says the folks who run the food stand are especially…

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Awards Program Highlights Today’s 4-H Fair events

Today marks day 3 of the Bureau County 4-H Fair. Highlights include this afternoon’s “Sale of Champions” and “Awards Program”. The 4-H food stand is open until 4 this afternoon, offering a variety of sandwiches, salads and pies. The fair runs through tomorrow at the Bureau County Fairgrounds in…

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Second Day of Championship Boat Races on Lake DePue

It’s the third and final day of the Lake DePue Pro National Championship Boat Races. Six more racers will win national championships today, joining the 14 other national champs crowned Friday and Saturday. Besides racing, other attractions include a carnival, food stands and games. Raffle drawings wrap things up at 6:30. Admission is three-dollars. WZOE-AM 1490, is broadcasting on-location from the boat races again this…

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Believe Foundation holds 3rd annual event today at Metro Center

The Believe Foundation is holding its third annual Celebration Ride, 3-point shooutout, bags tournament, fun fair, live music and beer garden until 8 tonight at the Bureau County Metro Center. The 106-mile ride begins at 11 this morning, the shootout gets underway at 1 this afternoon and the bags tourney at 3. The Believe Foundation is a not-for-profit organization benefiting local cancer patients with funds for wigs, post-surgical needs, and other related items. More information is available…

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ServiceMaster holds 2nd annual Sports Celebrity Charity Golf Outing

Golfers and volunteers are filling Chapel Hill Golf Course in Princeton today for a good cause. ServiceMaster Restoration by DSI is sponsoring its 2nd annual Sports Celebrity Charity Golf Outing, which gets underway at 11 this morning. The event features Chicago Bears legends Steve “Mongo” McMichael, D’Wayne Bates, Michael Richardson, Emery Moorehead, Jim Morrissey and Shaun Gayle, in addition to professional baseball players and wrestlers. A dinner follows the golf, but you don’t have…

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Illinois Briefs – 7/26/14

House Ethics Committee Continues Rush Probe (Washington, DC) -- The U.S. House Ethics Committee isn't ending its examination of Chicago congressman Bobby Rush. In June of 2013, the committee took up an issue recommended by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, but they haven't provided details on what they're looking at. The committee says extending its investigation of Rush does not indicate any violation has occurred. Rush has said he thinks it has to do with campaign spending,…

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DePue Boat Races This Weekend

Thousands of people are visiting DePue this weekend for what’s become a much-anticipated tradition. This marks the 30th consecutive year of the Pro National Championship Boat Races at Lake DePue. Champs will be crowned in 19 classes at the event, which runs through Sunday and is sponsored by the DePue Men’s Club. Publicity Chairman Eric Bryant says 30,000 people attended last year’s races which drew nearly 200 boats from 23 states. Racing starts at noon today and tomorrow, and at 12:30 on…

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It’s Day 2 Of The Bureau County 4-H Fair

A cat show, goat show and swine show highlight day 2 of the 4-H Fair at the Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton today. The fair features projects by area kids ages five through 18. Judging continues on the many projects being displayed in the exhibit halls. The fair is open to the public and there is no admission fee. If you’re hungry, you can check out the 4-H food stand, which features a wide variety of sandwiches, salads and pies. The exhibit buildings are open until 5 this afternoon…

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