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Streator’s Hart described as a “true believer of his hometown”

Posted by wlpo on April 16, 2014

A seat was be empty when the Streator City Council met Wednesday evening. Commissioner Bruce Hart died Monday in his home. Hart was 76 years old and serving his second term on the council.

Mayor Jimmie Lansford says Hart was a true believer of his hometown and was very interested in improving the city. He says with his education and qualifications, you can’t replace Hart.

Discussion about who will fill his seat on the council will come after his services this weekend.

Lansford says they thought about postponing the meeting but they think Hart would have wanted them to meet.

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Ottawa streetscape work planned for West Main Street

Posted by wlpo on April 16, 2014

New lampposts, sidewalks and flowerbeds are in store for another block of downtown Ottawa. The streetscape beautification work that has added color to La Salle Street is being continued around the corner in the 200 block of Main Street.

The city council Tuesday night accepted a $28,000 bid from Clegg-Perkins for the new lampposts and a $35,000 bid from Dean’s Dynamic Concrete for sidewalk and curb work.

Mayor Bob Eschbach says it will look similar to what they’ve done to La Salle Street. The work is part of a rural development grant worth $99,000.

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Four people arrested after allegedly trying steal from a car

Posted by wlpo on April 16, 2014

There’s nothing you can steal out of a car that would make it worth a felony charge. La Salle County Sheriff’s Deputies tracked down four people accused of trying to steal from a car in rural Utica.

The owner called the police Tuesday night, giving them a description o f a car and the people inside. Soon Amey McDonnell of Joliet, Derrick Aquino of Marseilles, and Jose Avila and Anthony Brito, Jr. of Ottawa were stopped in Utica and arrested for burglary to a motor vehicle.

They’re being held in the county jail awaiting a bond hearing.

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Ottawa reaches agreement with their police union

Posted by wlpo on April 16, 2014

Negotiations for a new police contract in Ottawa ended with a two-year contract with which both sides agree. Officers will receive a 2.4% raise in year one and a 2.5% in year two.

Mayor Bob Eschbach says the negations went well. The contract was placed on file Tuesday night by the city council. It begins May 1.

The city council also agreed the police department should get a new computer server for nearly $152,000.

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Hy-Vee buys Family Pharmacy

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2014

A pharmacy in Peru is closing but that should not prevent you from having your prescriptions filled.

Illinois Valley Community Hospital has sold Family Pharmacy to Hy-Vee in Peru.  IVCH spokesman Gene Vogelgesang says the decision to sell was a business one and that the pharmacy had been losing money for a fair amount of time.

You will continue to be able to have your prescription filled at Family Pharmacy the through Friday, May 9.  All customer records and prescriptions will be moved to Hy-Vee Pharmacy by Monday, May 12.  You will need to go there for your medications.

Vogelgesang says you won’t have to contact your doctor or ask for new prescriptions.  He says it should be a seamless transition.

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Area libraries to receive grants

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2014

Your local library has a lot of books but it also has digital materials like DVDs and CD’s. You should be able to find more books and materials at several area libraries thanks to a grant through the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.

159 libraries are receiving “Another Back to Books” Grant. Illinois Valley Community College is one. It will receive $5,000. The Mautino Library in Spring Valley is receiving $3,000, the Putnam County Library District is receiving $5,000, the Reddick Library is receiving $2,400 and the Peru Public Library is receiving $4,000.

The grants must be used to buy books, learning CDs and DVDs and other educational materials.


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Appliance clean-up week coming to Peru

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2014

If you have an old water heater or stove to get rid of and you live in Peru, next week is your chance. Citywide appliance clean-up is next week in Peru.

You can set out washers, dryers, stoves, water heaters and dishwater on your normal garbage pickup day.

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Tickets available fundraising art show

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2014

You don’t have to be wealthy to own one-of-a-kind artwork; you just have to be interested in helping women worldwide. Enjoy work by regional artists while raising money for advancing the status of women during the Zonta Club of La Salle-Peru’s annual Art Show.

For $25, you’ll be able to meet many of the artists and have chances to win their work. It’s from 2-5pm Sunday, April 27 at Mark Allen’s American Kitchen in Peru. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are available through Zonta members and at Mark Allen’s.


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Rain, cold slow Illinois corn planting

Posted by wlpo on April 15, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – State agriculture officials say wet, cold weather has kept Illinois farmers out of their fields this spring. Only 1 percent of the corn crop has been planted.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture contends Monday in its weekly crop report that typically about 10 percent of the statewide corn crop would be in the fields by mid-April.
Farmers, last year, also had a slow start planting corn. At this same point in April, 1 percent of the crop was in the field.
Much of the state received heavy rainfall last week.
Illinois is usually one of the top two corn-producing states in the country, alongside Iowa.
The two states are also usually the top soybean producers in the country. That crop typically planted later in the year.


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Electrical problem shuts down nuclear reactor

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2014

MORRIS, Ill. (AP) – Damage to an electrical transformer caused one reactor to shut down automatically at a northern Illinois nuclear power plant over the weekend.

Unit 2 at the Dresden Nuclear Station shut down Saturday morning, and it remained offline on Sunday as crews worked to fix the damage.

Dresden spokesman Robert Osgood says the problem is on the non-nuclear side of the plant.

He says the plant responded as expected, and there was no safety threat. He says a second reactor is operating normally, and electrical customers will not be affected.

It’s owned by Exelon Generation.

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