LaSalle County Animal Control is investigating a dog attack early Saturday morning that left a rural Streator man seriously injured. The LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department says around 2am, deputies were called to a home just east of I-39 on a report that 24 year old Thomas Miller was attacked by his own Labrador retriever. Miller sustained serious injuries and was transported to St Mary’s Hospital in Streator. The Sheriff’s Department says it is not known at this time why the animal attacked the owner.
Dog Attack in Chicago
A 2-year-old Chicago girl's death from a dog attack over the weekend has been ruled a homicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. The Cook County medical examiner's office says Jah'niyah White died Saturday from injuries suffered in a dog attack at her grandfather's home. Chicago Police are investigating, and state child welfare officials are investigating allegations of abuse.
The Illinois Legislature's watershed vote to approve a $160 billion pension reform plan offered some surprises this week. Far fewer GOP lawmakers than expected supported the plan despite pension reform being a party priority for years. Only 15 of 47 House Republicans voted for the plan, as did 10 of 19 Senate GOP members.
Dead Wolf Found?
A rare animal for these parts might have been found dead along Interstate 39 this past week. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reports that IDOT workers found was was initially believed to be a dead wolf along I-39 near Tonica. The IDNR says testing is being done to confirm that the dead animal was a wolf.
October Unemployment Mixed
October unemployment numbers in the area were mixed from last year into this year. Numbers released from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show that La Salle County jumped 0.3 percent from October 2012 to 10.2 percent. Putnam County saw a big plunge as unemployment fell 1.6 percent to 8.4 percent. Unemployment was down 0.4 percent to 8.1 percent in Bureau County.
Local Winter Outlook
Below normal temperatures this December are not expected to last all winter. According to the winter outlook from the National Weather Service in Chicago, officials say these cold periods may couple with periods of above normal temperatures as well. Officials are also expecting equal chances for normal or above average precipitation and snowfall for the year. Normal snowfall for the area is around 25 inches a year while temperatures average around 26.8 degrees.
Quinn Announces Food Assistance for Counties Impacted by Tornadoes
Governor Pat Quinn has announced that the state would be giving food assistance to the 15 counties affected by the November 17th storms. Those counties include La Salle and Grundy. If rresidents in those counties are in need of assistance, they can go to the La Salle Family Community Resource Center in Ottawa.
Peru Police Department Hosts Two Successful Campaigns
The past few weeks the Peru Police Department has been stepping up its Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaigns. According to Deputy Chief Bob Pyszka the police department has held various mobilizations with the help of state police. During these mobilizations Pyszka says they issued 12 seat belt citations, 3 DUI arrests, and other various other citations. Pyszka says the police department plans on using these mobilizations in the future.
IDOT Hiring Emergency Plow Drivers
The Illinois Department of Transportation District 3 is hiring hourly emergency plow drivers. Those hired would be working as needed until April 15th and must possess a class A or B Commerical Drivers License. Applicants must specify preferred work location by county to assure availability. Applications must be received by Wednesday, December 18th at the district office in Ottawa.
DUI Bicyclist Death
A suburban man faces multiple charges including driving under the influence in the death of a bicyclist who was riding on Chicago's West Side. Cook County Judge James Brown set bail at $400,000 for 54-year-old Robert Vais of Riverside. Prosecutors say Vais' blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit when his van hit 28-year-old Hector Avalos of Chicago late Friday.