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The WLPO newsroom covered a lot this week, from the tragic school shooting in California to political nonsense in Springfield and D.C., to the prospect of more food trucks in LaSalle. Those stories and more make up this week's edition of For the Record, sponsored by Kramarsic Law. You don't …

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In a surprise development Thursday afternoon in a Bureau County courtroom, accused murderer Eddie Mentgen waived his right to a jury trial for the April murder of a Spring Valley woman. Instead, he’s elected to have his fate decided by Judge C.J. Hollerich in Bureau County instead.

If you’ve been following the tragic story of a diver dying near the nuclear plant in Marseilles, the victim’s identity has been released.

The Great American Smokeout is coming up next Thursday, November 21st. The annual event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and challenges smokers to quit for one day. The hope is that they’ll quit permanently.

How’d you like to go exploring? No, not out in the cold, but in the comfort of the halls of Illinois Valley Community College.

The Salvation Army says it’s offering a couple of different new ways to give electronically during the organization's annual Red Kettle campaign.

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