7th Annual Z-Tour Bike Ride Deemed a Success

July 19th, 2017

If you spent some time riding your bicycle this past weekend as part of the Z-Tour in Princeton, you had plenty of company. Organizers are deeming the 7th annual event a success.  Z-Tour Coordinator Brian Church says at least 771 cyclists registered for the ride. He says participation has increased each year for the event, which is always held on the third Saturday in July. Church says in just 7 years Z-Tour has become a premier cycling event. Money raised from Z-Tour goes to the Zearing Child Enrichment Center in Princeton, a not-for-profit child care center.

Illinois News – 7/19/17

July 19th, 2017

Ex-Speaker Of The House No Longer In Federal Prison

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is no longer in federal prison after serving 13 months of a 15 month sentence. Hastert was placed behind bars for a bank fraud conviction linked to his effort to pay off former students he sexually abused more than 30 years ago during his time as a high school wrestling coach in Yorkville. The 75-year-old now faces two years of supervised release and lawsuits from former students who claim to have been victimized by Hastert.

Governor Rauner Wants To Change Democratic School Funding Plan

Governor Bruce Rauner is asking Democrats in the Illinois Senate to send him their school funding plan so he can change it. The governor is promising to use an amendatory veto on the proposal. Rauner doesn’t like nearly a half-a-billion-dollars earmarked for Chicago Public Schools. Illinois lawmakers approved the school funding plan earlier this month, but did so in a way that forces the governor to spend money on schools in the way they see fit.

State Police Release Activity Report for June

July 18th, 2017

If you received a ticket for speeding or not wearing your seatbelt last month, you’re not alone.  State Police District 17 troopers made 9 criminal arrests in June. On the roadways, 150 tickets were handed out for speeding and 28 for seat belt violations. Nine people were charged with DUI. Motorists in the three-county area of Bureau, LaSalle and Putnam received 292 tickets and 400 written warnings last month.  Officers responded to 53 traffic crashes. Three fatalities were recorded.  Overall, District 17 troopers received 1,122 calls for service and assistance, 149 of those from stranded motorists.

Illinois News – 7/18/17

July 18th, 2017

Illinois Historic Preservation Joins the DNR In State Government Merger

State government in Illinois is a bit smaller, at least on paper. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced the state’s Historic Preservation office is being folded into their operation. DNR Director Wayne Rosenthal says the two agencies have very similar missions to preserve some of Illinois’ most treasured places. Rosenthal says he hopes the merger will also save taxpayers some money.

Locals In Springfield Not Happy With State Fair Parade Changes

Springfield’s mayor is just one of the locals in Springfield who is not happy about the plan to change the Illinois State Fair Parade. State officials say this year’s parade will be shorter and cheaper, starting just a few blocks from the fairgrounds in Lincoln Park. Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder says he’s “not a fan” of the idea. The parade has, for years, wound its way through Springfield’s north end to the fairgrounds and brought out a large crowd.

OBITUARY – Sharon Hand

July 17th, 2017

Sharon M. Hand, 54, of Peru, passed away on July 16, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Sharon was born on Jan 3, 1963 in Princeton, IL to Carl E. and Louise M. (Marconi) Lund. She was a 1981 graduate from Princeton High School. Sharon married Kim Hand in 1982 in Princeton, they later divorced. She was a long time employee of Princeton Walmart, and most recently Peru Target for 7 years. She enjoyed spending time with family, friends and her grandchildren. She liked bowling, traveling and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago White Sox, but she had a special spot in her heart for the Chicago Cubs.
She is survived by two daughters, Kayla (Aaron Taylor) Hand of Bradford; Kami Hand of Princeton; two sons, Kyle Hand of Illinois; Kody (Mickella Jones) Hand of Bureau; two sisters, Kathy (Jack) Leathers of Tampico; Sandie (Gerry) Anderson of Freeport; one brother, Carl (Susie) Lund of Tiskilwa; two grandchildren, Bradley Taylor and Hailie Hollingsworth; Also surviving is her best and most special friend, April Danihel of Peru as well as many nieces and nephews and honorary children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Carol Headley and one brother, Wayne Lund.
The family will receive friends on Friday, July 21 from 10 am until Noon at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.
Funeral Services will take place following the visitation at Noon. Burial will be in the Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton.
Memorials may be directed to the family.