Starved Rock Trails still mainly closed
Some trails at Starved Rock State Park remain closed. Park officials today say all interior trails, including St. Louis Canyo.n are closed, but the trail to French Canyon is open, and the East End Trails to Ottawa, Kaskaskia, and Illinois Canyons are open. Also, the visitors center and the lodge are open. The June 30th storm has caused what park officials call widespread damage, mainly hanging limbs and damaged trees that could fall.
Officers Honored at County Board
Four law encorcement officers were honored yesterday for their lifesaving efforts. At yesterday's La Salle County Board meeting, Sheriff Tom Templeton recognized Corporal Eric Yacko, deputies John McGrath and Aaron Hollenbeck, and Seneca Lieutenant Harry Kosters and presented them with heroism and lifesaving awards. Yacko saved a man from a burning home in Ottawa earlier in July, Hollenback and Kosters forced a man from a burning trailer in Seneca and McGrath saved the life of a choking one year old in Streator.
The DeKalb Man whose body was found in the Kishwaukee River was shot in the head. DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott made the announcement last night as 33 year old Stephen Schulz’s autopsy was completed yesterday. Sheriff Scott also says that divers found the gun in the river, and that they think the incident is isolated with no threat to public safety. Schulz was reported missing on Monday, and his body was found by searchers two days later.
Two Californians face federal charges after allegedly freeing 2,000 minks from cages on a Grundy County farm and spray-painting "Liberation is Love" on the side of a barn. Federal prosecutors say the release happened last year on a Morris farm that sells minks for using in making coats and other luxury garments. The indictment charges them with conspiracy and intrastate travel to damage and interfere with the operations of an animal enterprise.
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is demanding criminal background checks on the unaccompanied children that have crossed the U.S. border with Mexico. Kirk says 429 unaccompanied minors are living in Chicago. The Illinois Republican says he's sent letters to the U.S. ambassadors to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador asking whether their embassies have performed criminal background checks.