A recent outbreak of skin rash on students at La Salle-Peru High School prompted officials to thoroughly clean areas of the school over the weekend. Superintendent Steve Wrobleski said that numerous students complained about a skin rash developed last week. Wrobleski said that one student was reported to have a staph infection, which could cause swelling, fever and chills along with a skin rash. Officials say that athletic areas, bathrooms and locker rooms were cleaned thoroughly over the weekend.
Parents are encouraged to wash PE and other clothes that may have been left in lockers last week to prevent any possible spread of the rash.
Illinois Valley Community College celebrated its 90th birthday last night. The longest serving president, Dr. Al Wisgoski, told the audience that he witnessed the college’s development from sharing facilities with LaSalle Peru Township High School to the quote magnificent campus the college has today. Dr. Wigoski enrolled at the college, then known as LaSalle Peru Oglesby Junior College, in 1947 and from 1974 to 1996 was the college’s president.
The current president, Dr. Jerry Corcoran, opened up the ceremony by recognizing by name the 7 original instructors who welcomed 32 freshmen back on September 15, 1924
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Streator man allegedly involved in an incident involving a weapon this past weekend. Streator Police have issued the warrant for 28-year old Brandon Stewart for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Authorities say Stewart shot a gun in a public area near Westgate Plaza Saturday, and then fled the scene in a 2006 Nissan Utility vehicle. Anyone with information on Stewart is asked to contact the Streator Police Department.
Authorities say if you happen to locate Stewart, do not approach as he is considered armed and dangerous.
Carbon Monoxide Schools
A carbon monoxide leak at a school southwest of Springfield sent more than 130 students and adults to hospitals on Monday. A few students were admitted but most have been treated and released. The trouble has been traced to a gas-powered boiler at North Mac Intermediate School in Girard. Repairs have been made.
The two camps in the race for Illinois governor are taking more swipes. Republican challenger Bruce Rauner again played up the issue of hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation and told reporters Pat Quinn is not -- as Rauner put it -- "the folksy bumbling fool" he wants people to think he is. Quinn's running mate Paul Vallas accused Rauner of profiting from what Vallas calls "fraud" involving a health care company that was majority-owned by Rauner's former firm.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources hopes to re-establish the osprey as a nesting species by releasing them at Anderson Lake in Fulton County and Lake Shelbyville in Moultrie County. Biologists are finishing the second phase of an eight-year project to boost the population of the fish-eating hawk that's considered an endangered species in Illinois.