July 9  9:37 am

Bicycle Fatality
A Bicyclist was killed after being struck by a minivan in Peru yesterday afternoon.  Peru Police say the bicyclist was traveling south on the 3000 block of North Peoria Street around 4:15 pm yesterday, when a minivan, also travelling south, struck the bicycle.  Authorities say the bicyclist, identified by the Peoria County Coroner as 51 year old Darla J. Lindenmier, of Peru,  was flown to a Peoria Hospital, and was pronounced dead shortly before midnight.  Police say neither the minivan driver, a 39 year old Carbondale woman, nor her 5 passengers were injured, but the driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. 

Citations at Starved Rock
 Illinois Conservation Police officers issued 23 citations to hikers who ventured into restricted areas at Starved Rock State Park during the holiday weekend.   Department of Natural Resources officials warn visitors that some areas of the park in LaSalle County remain closed after storms a week ago created dangerous conditions
 Officials say crews are cleaning up the areas quickly. Signs have been installed to alert hikers to closed trails.  

Rollover Accident
A rollover accident on Interstate 39 yesterday afternoon sent one man to the hospital. According to Illinois State Police, 30-year old Zachary Welgatt of La Salle was southbound on I-39 just after noon on Tuesday, when his vehicle went off the road and rolled over into a nearby soybean field. He was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital for treatment.

Pink Fire Trucks
Pink fire trucks were on display yesterday in Ottawa and Streator to support breast cancer awareness. The truckstravel throughout the United States by stopping at fire stations to promote breast cancer awareness. The trucks made a stop in Ottawa Tuesday morning before heading to Streator in the afternoon.
Those who attended were able to sign the pink fire truck to commemorate those family members or a friend who have lost their battle to cancer, continue their fight or is a cancer survivor. 

Old MCH and McD
The old Mendota Community Hospital location may become an area for retail stores. According to Mendota Zoning Commissioner Del Knowlton, the area may be rezoned at the next Mendota Plan Commission meeting on Thursday, July 24th at 6:30 PM. Knowlton also said that a new McDonald’s was approved for redevelopment on Illinois Route 251. He said once the new McDonald’s is built and ready for use, the old location on US Route 34 West will close. The date of completion has yet to be released.

Streator City Hall
The future of Streator’s city hall building will be up for discussion in the coming months. At yesterday’s Committee of the Whole Meeting, city officials discussed the future of the 40-year old city hall building after the air conditioning and HVAC system failed during the spring season. Mayor Jimmie Lansford suggested that the best procedure is to start getting public input along with getting the new downtown redevelopment START teams involved. Officials also discussed whether it would be financially better to go with a new building or renovate the current sight. Lansford estimates replacing the entire HVAC system in the building would cost roughly $1 million, while moving to a new building would cost more to the city and its taxpayers.

 Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation aimed at allowing adoptees and birth family members to learn more about their family histories.    The bill will help people gain information about their biological family history including obtaining original birth records when one of their grandparents was adopted as a child.  In a Wednesday statement, Quinn says people have the right to know the first chapter of their lives. He says the information can be vital when determining inherited traits and medical history.

Black Hawk Statue
Repairs on the historic Black Hawk Statue in northern Illinois are pending approval from two state agencies. Organizers need approval from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.     The 50-foot-tall Ogle County 100 year old statue stands on a 125-foot bluff overlooking the Rock River at Lowden State Park. It pays tribute to Native Americans and is on the National Register of Historic Places.   So far nearly $725,000 has been raised, or enough to pay for about 80 percent of the work.