LaSalle County Animal Control is investigating a dog attack early this 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.
Pearl Harbor Anniversary
Illinois is marking the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 1,177 people and brought the United States into World War II. The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs is holding a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony this afternoon at the Disabled American Veterans' Club in Springfield. The service will include a display of Pearl Harbor-related memorabilia, military honors and a wreath laying in Lake Springfield.
Jackson Leads Prayer for Mandela
The Reverend Jesse Jackson led a prayer vigil for Nelson Mandela at the Chicago headquarters of his Rainbow PUSH Coalition. About 30 people — including a local Catholic priest who was born in South Africa — took part in the hour-long vigil yesterday evening to honor Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95. Also in attendance was Vuyiswa Tulelo, the South African Consul General in Chicago.
Librarian of the Year
The woman in charge of a public library in Elgin is the Illinois Librarian of the Year. Carole Medal of Arlington Heights in suburban Chicago is executive director of the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. She has worked in Elgin since 2004. Medal earned the honor from the Illinois Library Association.
Streator Loses to Dixon
The Streator Bullsdogs boys basketball team could not hold off late run from the Dixon last night, losing 73 to 56 on the road. The Duke's Isaiah Roby led all scorers with 23 points. Nolan Sokol led the Bulldogs with 19 points including 5 three pointers. The loss drops Streator's record to 1 and 4 on the season.