Union members throughout the area and politicians will head to downtown Streator at noon Sunday, Sept. 1 for the annual Labor Day parade observation, and Laborers Local 393 will have an even busier schedule this weekend. For the 57th year, the Laborers union will have a picnic starting at noon Saturday for its members and their families. This year’s picnic starts with dinner at noon at Illini State Park’s main shelter. About 100 Laborers union members and their families are expected to participate Sunday in the parade in Streator, with the Local 393 members meeting at 11 a.m. near the Santa Fe depot on Illinois Street, said David Raikes, retired business manager for Local 393. “We’ve got a full weekend to celebrate Labor Day,” Raikes said.
Did you know? Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September, but the first celebration in 1882 in New York City was on a Tuesday. The holiday moved to Monday in 1884.
State police on lookout throughout holiday Illinois State Police officials statewide are reminding motorists to make safety their No. 1 priority while driving during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The Labor Day weekend is one the busiest driving periods for motorists and thousands of drivers are expected to hit the roadways and interstates nationwide. Law enforcement officials will push for zero fatalities by enforcing the four most common traffic violations: speeding, driving under the influence, seat belts and distracted driving.
Oglesby, Peru among towns altering schedules next week Due the Labor Day holiday, the Oglesby City Council will move its meeting back 24 hours to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Garbage, recycling and yard waste collection will be one day later than normal throughout next week. City departments will be closed. n Garbage collection for Peru residents will be one day later than usual next week following Labor Day on Monday. Yard bag collection scheduled for Monday will be done on Tuesday. The office of the city clerk will be closed Monday.
Unemployment offices to close Monday, with many services available at www.ides.illinois.gov (see Related Links below). Illinois Department of Employment Security offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. All services are available on the IDES website, www.ides.illinois.gov. Claimants scheduled to certify are encouraged to use the Internet. Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. will resume Tuesday, Sept. 3.