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Local News – 7/31/15

*CPASA Family Fun Fest The 1st annual CPASA Family Fun Fest is tomorrow (8/1/15). The event will take place at Zearing Park in Princeton from 11 until 6 and will feature a dunk tank, segway rides, bounce houses, a candy drop and live music. The Community Partners Against Substance Abuse is sponsoring the event. CPASA is 140 members strong currently and they are dedicated to promoting public awareness regarding substance abuse. Princeton Police Chief and CPASA member Tom Root (RUT) said,…

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Local News – 7/30/15

*Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies at Starved Rock Officials at Starved Rock State Park and Lodge gathered together for a ribbon cutting ceremony to re-open their two main parking lots which had been closed for two months due to repeated flooding. Superintendent Kerry Novak said, “This has been a major inconvenience to hikers and visitors, especially when the overflow parking lots reached capacity.” A ribbon cutting will take place at the entrance to the main parking lot of the Starved Rock…

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Local News – 7/29/15

Depue Boat Races 2015 Thousands of people are visiting DePue this weekend for what’s become a much-anticipated tradition. This marks the 31st 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 25,000 people attended last year’s races which drew nearly 200 boats from 21 States. Racing starts at noon on Friday…

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Illinois House Votes To Stop Pay Raise – 7/29/15

>>Flooding Worries Linger After Overnight Storms (Davenport, IA)  --  A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for more than a dozen counties in eastern Iowa and another seven in Illinois after another round of strong storms soaked the Quad Cities area overnight. The National Weather Service says the rain cooled things down, but it once again means flooding for some low-lying neighborhoods. Forecasters say it will take a bit to dry out, but today will be much cooler and a lot less…

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Rauner Could Be Making Plans For Possible Strike – 7/28/15

>>Rauner Could Be Making Plans For Possible Strike (Springfield, IL)  --  Governor Rauner's Administration may be making plans to deal with a possible strike Friday by the state's largest union.  The "State Journal-Register" reports that retired state workers are being contacted by their old employers to see if they'd be willing to work in case of a strike.  The Rauner Administration has been negotiating a new contract with leaders of AFSCME.  The union's short-term contract…

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Local News – 7/28/15

*Millington Stabbing Update A 16 year old Ottawa male has been arrested this morning (7/28/15) by LaSalle County Sherriff’s office investigators for the stabbing of two male party goers in Millington early Sunday morning. Both victims are believed to be in stable condition at this time.   *In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s office, 52 year old Donald Nelson of Tiskilwa pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was ordered to pay…

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Illinois Without Budget Nearly A Month Into Fiscal Year – 7/27/15

>>Illinois Without Budget Nearly A Month Into Fiscal Year (Springfield, IL)  --  It is nearly a month into the new fiscal year and Illinois still remains without an operating budget. The state Senate sent Governor Rauner a temporary spending plan two weeks ago even as Rauner claimed he wouldn't sign a short-term budget. An Illinois appeals court ruled earlier this month that the comptroller's office can still pay state employees even without a budget in place. >>Funeral Held…

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Local News – 7/27/15

*Lt Governor in Princeton Lt Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti is in Princeton today (7/27/15) for a meet and greet. The event started at 10:00 AM at 956 North Main Street soon to be the new location of the Cabbage Rose. The event is hosted by Kay Cushman and Dixie Reed, co-owners of the Cabbage Rose and is open to the…

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Local News – 7/25/15

*Leitch to host Senior Fair in Metamora State Representative David Leitch (Leech) will host a Senior Citizens Fair on Wednesday (July 29). The fair will take place at Snyder Village on Partidge St. in Metamora from 9am-11am.  This year’s fair has numerous vendors, including free blood pressure screenings, door prizes, and refreshments. Leitch said, “I am very excited to be hosting this fair again in Metamora.  I encourage seniors and their families to attend and learn more from a…

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Local News – 7/24/15

*Two Men Arrested For Residential Burglary Two LaSalle County men have been arrested for the class 1 felony offense of residential burglary. 33 year old Jerome Shorkey of Earlville and 23 year old Pietro Coonts of Ottawa are in custody in the LaSalle County jail with bond set at $100, 000 each for allegedly breaking into a rural Ottawa home and stealing jewelry, firearms and money. According to the LaSalle County Sherriff’s office, additional arrests are forthcoming in the ongoing…

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