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Local News – 2/12/16

*Spike in Motor Vehicle Fatalities in LaSalle and Bureau Counties Illinois State Police District 17 Commander, Lieutenant Jon Dively announced that LaSalle and Bureau Counties have experienced a remarkable spike in motor vehicle fatalities. The fatal numbers have risen more than 250%. The combined counties have experienced nine fatalities from eight crashes this year with only two fatalities during this same time last year. In most cases, one or more of the Fatal Four violations were…

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Local News – 2/11/16

*LaSalle County Lightning Travel Baseball Fish Fry LaSalle County Lightning Travel Baseball is hosting a fish fry tomorrow evening (2/12/16).  The event will take place at Celebrations 150 in Utica from 4 until 8. The dinner will include fish, fries, coleslaw and baked beans. There will also be 50/50 drawings, silent auctions and raffles. Tickets will be available at the door and are $9 for adults and $6 for…

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President Obama Calls For Better Politics – 2/11/16

>>President Obama Calls For Better Politics (Springfield, IL)  --  President Obama believes the nation deserves better from their politicians.  Speaking to the Illinois General Assembly yesterday, the president discussed what he called a "poisonous political climate."  Obama said politics should be based on compromise and civility.  He did call out Democratic State Representative Ken Dunkin, who has aligned with Governor Rauner on several issues.  His speech was held exactly nine…

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Local News – 2/10/16

*Perry Memorial and Princeton Prompt Care Merger Mayor Joel Quiram made public Perry Memorial Hospital’s press release last night (2/9/16) announcing the merger between Perry Memorial Hospital and Princeton Prompt Care. Perry Memorial Hospital CEO Rex Conger and Princeton Prompt Care owner Paul Bonucci believe that the merger will offer additional access to more healthcare options within our service area. Clinic hours of 9am until 6pm Monday through Friday and 9am until 2pm on Saturday and…

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Two Dead In Separate Bureau County Crashes – 2/10/16

>Two Dead In Separate Bureau County Crashes (Westfield Township, IL)  --  Two different highway accidents in Bureau County are responsible for two deaths.   Monday morning, a rollover on Route 29 killed the driver, Sowmay Sridhar.  Monday night in another wreck on Highway 89, Bureau County Sheriff James Reed says a passenger, Devin Parker and the driver, James Wright were injured and taken to a hospital where Parker later died. >Police Investigating Pekin Woman Featured On…

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Woman Killed In Bureau County Crash – 2/9/16

>Woman Killed In Bureau County Crash (Bureau Co., IL)  --  An investigation continues after a Peoria woman was killed in a Bureau County crash.  Authorities say a vehicle driven by Sowmya [[ so-mya ]] Sridhar [[ shree-dhuhr ]] rolled over yesterday morning on Route 29 near Kentville Road.  The victim was later pronounced dead.  She was the only person in the vehicle. >>State Owes Springfield Hospitals Large Amount Of Money (Springfield, IL)  --  The state owes…

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Perry Memorial Hospital CEO Announces Retirement

Rex Conger, President and CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital, is announcing his retirement, effective January 15th, 2017.  He has held his current post with the hospital for over 9 years.  After hearing from Conger of his intention in 2013, the hospital’s board of directors began putting into place a transition plan.  Annette Schnabel with hired as Chief Operating Officer in 2014 with the expectation she would eventually transition into the President/CEO position when Conger retired.  Next,…

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Illinois Briefs – 2/5/2016

Lead Paint Could Doom Elementary School The Midland School Board, north of Peoria, has decided to close the elementary school in Lacon after hazardous lead paint was found in several areas inside and outside the building.  For the rest of the school year, younger students will attend class in a nearby middle school, and to make room for them, fifth graders from that school will be shifted to a nearby high school.  All three Midland district schools have been closed for the past seven days…

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Peru bank crook

Peru Bank Robbery Investigation Continues

The investigation continues into a bank robbery in Peru.  The heist was reported shortly after 3:30 Wednesday afternoon at Peru Federal at Shooting Park Road and Pine Street.  Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei released a description of a suspect described as a skinny white male, around 150 pounds in his mid-20s, wearing a camouflage hoodie and a dark beanie-like stocking hat, round sun glasses, medium-colored jeans, black tennis shoes with neon green around the soles, brown gloves, carrying a…

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Illinois Briefs – 2/3/2016

Governor Signs New E-Cigs Law For Minors (Undated)  --  It will soon be illegal for minors to use electronic cigarettes.  Governor Rauner signed a law last week that will impose penalties for anyone under the age of 18 caught in possession of e-cigs or other tobacco-free nicotine products.  The law goes into effect June 1st. One Arrest, Two Wanted In Rochester Death (Rochester, IL)  --  A person is in custody and two others are wanted after a man was shot to death in Sangamon…

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