Updated: September 19th, 5:29 AM
Serena High School Threats
Staff and students at Serena High School were on high alert earlier this week after a student made threats. Superintendent Martin Felesena said a student made threats against the safety of students and staff during upcoming homecoming events. Felesena said they contacted the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office about the threats and underwent an investigation. Felesena said after a thorough investigation, the Sheriff’s office said there was no imminent threat to students and staff.
La Salle County Deputies will be providing an extra presence at the school throughout the homecoming season. Felesena said the investigation was a good example of how the school’s safety procedures are and he said he thanks students for bringing the threat to the attention of administrators immediately.
L-P Landscaping Work
The athletic complex for La Salle-Peru High School will be getting some big landscaping work done. Superintendent Steve Wrobleski said the school board approved a $96,000 landscaping project at their school board meeting this week. Wrobleski said one of the biggest parts of the project is a giant wind screen that will go along Chartres Street from the track down to the tennis courts. He said the complex sustained wind damage several times over the summer and the screen will help provide a barrier from wind.
Wrobleski mentioned that some seating will be made using natural rock on the berm of the athletic fields, along with more concrete paths to keep traffic flows off the grass.
Dwight HS Receives Grant
One local high school has been named a recipient of a grant through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. Dwight High School will be receiving a check for $10,000 next Friday from the Monsanto Fund. The school was received nominations through local farmers who are dedicated at supporting local school districts. The high school plans on using the money to build an Ambient Weather Station for the school to help teach students about atmospheric sciences. Dwight was one of 14 schools throughout the state to receive a grant.
West Nile Deaths
Health officials have announced the state's first deaths this year from West Nile virus. Both victims were in Chicago -- a woman in her 70s and one in her 80s. There have been 15 human cases of West Nile statewide so far. It killed 11 people in the state last year.
Illinois Unemployment Rate
State officials say Illinois had nearly 41,000 more jobs in August than it had a year earlier. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the jobless rate last month was 6.7 percent, compared to 9.2 percent in August of 2013. Officials say it's the largest year-over-year decline since 1984.
SIU Sexual Assaults
Six Southern Illinois University students have been arrested in connection with two reported sexual assaults. Both attacks happened last weekend on the campus in Carbondale. Four people were arrested in one investigation and two in the other. One of the victims was also an SIU student. The other was not.
The Coast Guard said Thursday it was investigating what caused a towboat carrying 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel to sink in the Mississippi River near the southern Illinois city of Chester. Two crew members of the Maverick were rescued by another towboat when the sinking happened about 12:30 a.m. Thursday three miles south of Chester. There was no immediate evidence that the fuel on the sunken vessel had leaked, the Coast Guard said.
ComEd will pay about $46 million to settle lawsuits challenging the utility's rates. That means customers could be getting credits of about $8 on their November electric bills. The settlement resolves two lawsuits that Attorney General Lisa Madigan brought in 2008 and 2010.