Local News – 7/3/15

July 3rd, 2015

*List of Area Fireworks

Spring Valley – tonight at the Hall High School. Festivities begin at 6PM

Mineral – tonight at the baseball park

Ladd – tonight at Kennedy Park

Princeton – tomorrow night at Zearing Park WZOE AM1490 will be there

Henry – tomorrow night at Waterworks Park

Mendota – tomorrow night at the fairgrounds

Ottawa – tomorrow night at the Ottawa High School

Walnut – Sunday night behind Bureau Valley North

Utica – Sunday night


*Garbage Pick Up Changed Due To The Holiday

The City of Princeton’s Street Department has announced that garbage and recycling routes will be picked up Monday July 6th due to the Independence Day Holiday today. They request that residents have their garbage and recycling out by 5AM on Monday.


*Spring Valley City Clerk’s Office Closed July 3rd and 4th

Becky Hansen, The Spring Valley City Clerk has announced that in observance of Independence Day, her office will be closed today (7/3/15) and tomorrow (7/4/15) along with all government offices. There will be no change in garbage pick-up.


*Mautino Urges Residents To Use Caution Over The Holiday Weekend

State Rep. Frank Mautino is encouraging local residents to exercise caution with fireworks when celebrating this Fourth of July weekend. Mautino said,“It’s very important that we recognize the need to celebrate responsibly and protect each other from unnecessary injuries. Fireworks can be a fun way to make the Fourth of July brighter and more festive as we celebrate our country’s independence. By understanding the risks, an injury or unpleasant trip to the emergency room can be avoided.”


*IL Secretary of State Urges Drivers To Be Safe This Holiday Weekend

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White reminded motorists who are celebrating the country’s independence to drive safely by not driving impaired this Fourth of July holiday weekend. “Drunk and drugged driving results in death and injury on our roadways every year,” White said.  “Let’s keep the roads safe by making sure our drivers are sober.” White suggests that those participating in celebrations involving alcohol take public transportation, a cab or designate a sober driver.  White also reminds drivers to use safety belts.

Governor Rauner Vetoes Pay Increase For State Lawmakers – 7/2/15

July 2nd, 2015

>>Governor Rauner Vetoes Pay Increase For State Lawmakers

(Springfield, IL)  —  Governor Rauner is saying no to pay raises for state lawmakers.  He used an amendatory veto to stop the automatic increases.  Rauner says he stopped the pay hike because of the current state fiscal crisis.  The raises would have been about 14 hundred to 19 hundred dollars per lawmaker. The veto also freezes legislative per diems and mileage reimbursements at current levels.

>>State Budget Crisis Shuts Down Lincoln’s Challenge

(Springfield, IL)  —  The Illinois budget crisis has shutdown a state program designed to help troubled youth.   Close to 90 staff members of  Lincoln’s Challenge were asked not to come to work.  All of them are considered vendors of the state and not employees because they work under contract.  Meanwhile, a 33 million dollar construction project at Lincoln’s Challenge in Rantoul was shut down on Tuesday.  Program leaders are postponing the next class of teens scheduled to arrive at the facility on July 15th.


>>More Layoffs At Caterpillar

(Peoria, IL)  —  More layoffs are announced at Caterpillar.  Officials said yesterday 35 workers will be placed on indefinite layoff in Pontiac.  Spokeswoman Barbara Cox said the company is restructuring production efforts to meet current demands from customers.  More than 100 employees were pink-slipped at the East Peoria plant last month.

>>Cape Air Service In Quincy

(Quincy, IL)  —  Cape Air is being asked to continue flights between Quincy and St. Louis for two years.  The request came from the Aeronautics Committee.  The airline would receive more than two-million dollars the first year from the Essential Air Service program.  Cape Air has been flying from Quincy since 2000.

>>Quincy Attorney New Circuit Court Judge

(Quincy, IL)  —  Scott Larson is a new judge in Adams County Circuit Court in Quincy.  He was selected to fill a vacancy that opened after Scott Walden’s retirement.  Larson will serve until the general election in 2016.  The Quincy High School graduate received his law degree in 1998.

>>Food Trucks In Peoria

(Peoria, IL)  —  Applications are being accepted from food truck vendors to operate in Peoria.  Officials said yesterday the City Council approved food trucks to provide service on thoroughfares in the downtown area.  For more information, call 309-494-8588.

>>People Urged To Get CPR Training

(Quincy, IL)  —  Doctors in Quincy are urging people to get CPR training.  The Institute of Medicine reports bystanders could be life-savers for people suffering cardiac arrest where less than six percent survive.  Anyone wishing to take a CPR class can contact the Adams County Health Department in Quincy at 217-222-8440.

Local News – 7/2/15

July 2nd, 2015

*Update on Mautino’s Cancer Treatments

State Rep. Frank Mautino released the a statement providing an update on his treatment for esophageal cancer. He has been undergoing a combination of chemotherapy and radiation and the next step is surgery. Yesterday Mautino said, “I continue to receive outstanding medical care, my prognosis remains good and I expect to make a full recovery. While my activity in the district may be limited during this time, I worked to adjust my treatments this spring and summer so I can continue representing local residents.


*Fatal Crash on Route 80

A fatal accident occurred yesterday morning (7/1/15) on Route 80. In the westbound lane on Route 80 at mile marker 77 near LaSalle, a trooper located a car approximately 500 feet off the interstate. The car had struck a tree and the driver was ejected from the vehicle, killing the driver. The name of the driver has not yet been released. The crash remains under investigation by the Illinois State police and the LaSalle County Coroner’s office.


*In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s office, 35 year old Steven Gyurkovics of Sheffield pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing to property. He was ordered to pay $412 in fees and court costs and was placed on conditional discharge for 1 year.

Leslie Charles Bianchi

July 2nd, 2015

Leslie Charles Bianchi, 73, of Granville died Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at his residence

with his loving family by his side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Sacred Heart

Catholic Church, Granville. Fr. Duane Leclercq will officiate. Burial will be in Sacred

Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Dysart – Cofoid

Funeral Chapel, Granville.

Les was born on July 9, 1941 in Peru to Charles and Valentina (Bosi) Bianchi. He

married Hazel Paris on November 28, 1964. Hazel died on May 29, 2002. He married

Phyllis Cordes on September 3, 2007.

He graduated from Hall High School, class of 1959. Les worked for Suntrand for 22

years. Les retired from Caterpillar, Pontiac, Illinois plant in 2004.

Surviving is his wife, Phyllis (Cordes) of Granville; two daughters, Kathy Bianchi of

Mexico City, Mexico and Gina Bianchi of Normal; one step-daughter, Ashley (John)

Ellena of Standard; two grandsons, Caden and Joey Ellena; one brother, Robert (Gloria)

Bianchi and niece, Brittany all of North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois,

Peoria, Illinois or Vitas Healthcare of LaSalle, Illinois.

Online condolences may be made to his family at

Judy Sidebottom

July 1st, 2015

Judy E. Sidebottom, age 62, of Toluca, Illinois and formerly of Walnut, Illinois

passed away June 29, 2015 at Richard L. Owens Hospice in Peoria, Illinois.

Judy was born April 25, 1953 in Princeton, Illinois, the daughter of Albert and

Marie (Von Holten) Schulte. She was united in marriage to Steven Sidebottom on

November 25, 1972 in Ohio, Illinois. She babysat for many years in Walnut. Judy

worked as a cook with Heritage Health in Minonk, worked at the Toluca Garment

Factory and Miller Hardware. Judy also helped Steve run their bar, Suds, in Toluca

for 15 years. She was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Toluca. Judy

enjoyed spending time with her grandkids.

She is survived by her husband, Steve; three daughters: Jennifer (Brad) Fandel of

Toluca, Christine (Sean) Cunningham of Minonk and Karen (Derek) McCully of

Morton, Illinois; one son: Steven (Keli) Sidebottom of Minonk; eleven

grandchildren; her mother, Marie Schulte of Walnut; three sisters: Carolyn (Don)

Wallace of Tampico, Illinois, Joyce (Dean) Geldean of Harmon, Illinois, Carla

(Tim) Gonnigam of Walnut; three brothers: Virgil (Judy) Schulte of Walnut, Marc

(Carol) Schulte of Walnut and Jim (Cindy) Schulte of Ohio, Illinois and numerous

aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Albert and one brother, Jerry Schulte.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the

Walnut Bible Church with Rev. Ryan Anderson, Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran

Church in Toluca and Rev. Eldon Cook, Pastor of the Walnut Bible Church, co-

officiating. Burial will take place in Van Orin Repose Cemetery. Visitation will be

held Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Garland Funeral

Home in Walnut. A memorial has been established in her memory to St. John’s

Lutheran Church in Toluca or the Richard L. Owens Hospice in Peoria. Online

condolences may be left at

Laura Bopes

July 1st, 2015

Laura Lee Bopes, 48, of Princeton passed away on June 28, 2015 in her home. She was born on January 5, 1967 in Princeton, IL to Ronald and Linda (Whipple) Ratliff.

Laura’s greatest joy in life was being a mother. She is survived by two sons, Nathan and Logan Bopes of Princeton and stepson Zachary Bopes of Princeton.

Laura is also survived by her mother, Linda Ratliff of Princeton, sister, Julie (Steve) Danielson of Princeton, niece, Janelle (Dustin) Harper of White Heath, IL,
nephew Mitch (Ashley) Danielson of Whitestown, IN, nephew Lane Danielson of Bloomington, IL, and great niece Ava Harper of White Heath, IL.

Laura was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Ratliff.

Laura graduated from Princeton High School in 1985. She attended Western Illinois University and graduated with a degree in business in 1993. She made
her career in the insurance field working for Met-life and was well respected by her colleagues and customers.

Laura loved animals and to read. Her dog, JoJo, and cat, Angel, were beloved members of the family.

During her five year battle with cancer her faith in God and the love of her family and friends gave her strength and courage to face each day with determination. She
fought bravely until the end.

Services will be as follows: Visitation: July 1, from 6-8 p.m. at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home (Princeton). Funeral: July 2, at 10 a.m. at Princeton Bible Church with
pastors Tim Batchelor and Ken Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton, IL.
Memorials may be made to the “Bopes Children” Memorial at Heartland Bank.

Online condolences may me made at

No Budget In Place To Start Fiscal Year 2016 – 7/1/15

July 1st, 2015

>>No Budget In Place To Start Fiscal Year 2016

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois lawmakers are beginning the 2016 fiscal year without a budget. The General Assembly couldn’t agree on a deal yesterday in order to avoid a possible government shutdown.  Governor Rauner told a group of workers at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency yesterday morning that the situation was a “mess” and he hopes the state could fix the problem promptly.

>>Democrats Pushing For Temporary One Month Budget

(Springfield, IL)  —  Democrats in Springfield are trying to provide a temporary solution for the budget crisis.  They are proposing a two-point-two-billion-dollar one-month budget that would fund select essential services.  The measure could be put to a vote today but it is not certain it will be approved by both the Legislature and Governor Rauner.

>>SIU Edwardsville Chancellor Resigning

(Edwardsville, IL)  —  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be searching for a new chancellor.  The school announced that Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe is resigning effective August 14th.  She is taking over as vice president of instruction at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

>>Smoke Free Campus Act In Effect

(Undated)  —  There may be a lot less smoke on the campuses of universities in Illinois.  Beginning today, the Smoke Free Campus Act goes into effect.  The measure signed into law last year by then-Governor Quinn bans smoking on the campus of a state-supported institution of higher education.

>>June Is Second Wettest Month On Record In Illinois

(Undated)  —  Last month keeps inching closer to producing the most rain in the history of Illinois.  State climatologist Jim Angel says through Monday, the statewide average rainfall of nine-point-37 inches makes this June the second wettest overall month on record in the state.  Only September of 1926 was a wetter month. Rain levels from yesterday still need to be calculated so there is still a chance June could reach the top spot.

>>Millions Hitting The Road For 4th Of July

(Undated)  —  A large number of people will be driving throughout Illinois for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.  The Illinois Tollway is expecting five-point-nine million vehicles to use the Tollway from Thursday through Sunday.  Construction work will be restricted during that period.  Temporary maintenance and lane closures will also be suspended.

Local News – 6/30/15

June 30th, 2015

*Four Bureau County Students Earn Zearing Scholarships

The Robert I. and Delyte K. Zearing Scholarship winners have been announced. The 4 scholarship winners are graduates of Princeton High School and St. Bede Academy. The recipients are Emma Perona of Spring Valley and Keaton Smith of Ladd, both 2015 graduates of St. Bede Academy and the two 2015 graduates of Princeton High School to receive the scholarships are Hailey Michael of Princeton and Andrew Birkey. Each recipient will receive $4000 towards their college tuition.


*In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s office, 30 year old Ryan Biba of Depue pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis. He was ordered to pay $917 in fees and court costs and was placed on court supervision for 1 year.

-20 year old Caleb Bowyer of Buda pleaded guilty to illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. He will pay $497 in fees and court costs and received court supervision for 1 year.

-51 year old Michael Jones of Bureau pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He was ordered to pay $409 in fees and court costs.

Governor Rauner Promises State Paycheck During Possible Government Shutdown – 6/30/15

June 30th, 2015

>>Governor Rauner Promises State Paycheck During Possible Government Shutdown

(Springfield, IL)  —  Governor Rauner promises state workers that if there is a government shutdown due to no budget agreement being reached, they will get paid.  He sent out an email yesterday, the eve of the last day of the 2015 fiscal year.  Rauner’s statement conflicts with Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s legal position.  She says if the Legislature and the governor don’t reach a budget by Wednesday, there will be no distribution of state paychecks.


>>Comptroller Gives Savings Back To The State

(Springfield, IL)  —  The Illinois Comptroller’s Office has saved half a million dollars and plans to give it back to the state.  Comptroller Leslie Munger says the savings have come from consolidating operations and cross training employees.  She adds that her budget will be ten-percent smaller next year.  Munger was appointed by Governor Rauner after Judy Baar Topinka’s death.  She will have to run for re-election next year.


>>Governor Signs 911 Revamp

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinoisans are going to be paying more for 911 emergency telephone service.  Governor Rauner signed a bill yesterday approving a revamp of the 911 laws.  The goal is to create a system across the state by 2020.  A new fee of 87-cents per month will include cell and land line phones.


June Is Wettest On Record In Illinois – 6/29/15

June 29th, 2015

>>Crowds Gather For 46th Annual Pride Parade

(Chicago, IL)  —  People in Chicago are still celebrating following the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.  An estimated crowd of one-million gathered on the North Side yesterday for the 46th Annual Pride Parade.  Several politicians were on hand including Mayor Emanuel and Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk.  The Stanley Cup was even seen on one of the more than 200 floats.  It is not yet known if the parade will return to the North Side next year with city officials discussing the possibility of moving it downtown.

>>June Is Wettest On Record In Illinois

(Undated)  —  People in Illinois are experiencing record levels of rain this month.  State climatologist Jim Angel says as of Saturday, the statewide average rainfall of eight-point-91 inches makes this June the wettest on record in the state.  The previous record was set in 1902.  Records have been kept as far back as 1895.

>>Food Network Show Ranks Burger At West Loop Restaurant #1

(Chicago, IL)  —  A West Loop restaurant is being recognized for having a great burger.  Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants” ranked Au Cheval’s double cheeseburger as the best in the country.  Au Cheval was joined on the list by the Brindle Room in New York, the Pie ‘n Burger in Pasadena, California, Sid’s Diner in El Reno, Oklahoma and the Mission Bowling Club in San Francisco.


>>Illinois Budget Issues Affect U.Of I. Campus

(Urbana, IL)  —  Governor Rauner’s budget cuts are already affecting the university of Illinois campus.  On Tuesday, the Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Center will shut down temporarily.  Several dozen workers will be without a job.  Also, a million-dollar project to improve the country’s power grid is now on hold.  The governor has placed a freeze on several state grants and programs until a fiscal 2016 budget deal is agreed on.  The new fiscal year in Illinois starts on Wednesday, with a possible state government shutdown on the horizon.


>>Authorities Arrest Man Believed To Have Shot At State Trooper

(St. Ann, MO)  —  A man believed to have shot at an Illinois State trooper is in custody after being on the loose for several days.  Gregory Nelson is accused of shooting after the trooper last Tuesday night during a traffic stop in East. St. Louis.  Authorities say he was arrested Saturday at an apartment in St. Ann Missouri.  Nelson is waiting to be brought back to Illinois on charges of attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.