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Newly seated rep's wife may face shoplifting charge

PERU – The wife of newly seated state Rep. Jerry Long may be facing a shoplifting charge in LaSalle County.

Peru police arrested Patricia Long, 57, of Streator, shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday at Kohl's. She is accused of pocketing an $18 tube of mascara while in a dressing room.

The LaSalle County state's attorney's office is reviewing the case, and on Friday said it had not yet decided whether to charge Long with a misdemeanor.

Long, 56, a Republican, was sworn in and took office Wednesday. The 76th District covers Bureau, LaSalle, Putnam and Livingston counties.

A message left at Rep. Long's Springfield office Wednesday afternoon seeking comment had not been returned as of press time Friday. He did tell The Times of Ottawa that the incident was "an honest mistake, and we'll take care of it."

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