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Archive for May 15th, 2009

Sports Bar Coming To Peru

Posted by wlpo on May 15, 2009

If you’re a sports nut, this is probably exciting news.  Buffalo Wild Wings is opening a restaurant in Peru. 

 The popular sports bar is going to be built off Route 251 and just north of the Hy-Vee gas station. 

Peru Building Inspector John Micheli says he met with the restaurant owner yesterday and was surprised to hear the owner wants the store open by December 1st.

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Standing water on some local roads

Posted by wlpo on May 15, 2009

Heavy rains have many ditches overflowing and spilling onto area roads.

In Putnam County, Sheriff Kevin Doyle says there’s water on the road in so many places, they’ve ran out of signs. He says watch out for water on parts of Route 26, the McNabb Blacktop and several other county roads.

Though there is water on the roads, all roads remain open.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch through late Friday night.

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Area Chrysler Dealers Staying Open

Posted by wlpo on May 15, 2009

Of the 40 plus Chrysler dealerships set to close, none are in the immediate Illinois Valley area.

 The closest dealerships that are listed in Chrysler’s bankruptcy court filing are ones in Peoria, Pontiac and the Quad Cities.  Places like Coronet Dodge in Peru or Sierra Motors in Ottawa aren’t on the closure list.

Chrysler is closing 789 stores nationwide.

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Rep. Mautino receives award

Posted by wlpo on May 15, 2009

One of your state lawmakers has been recognized by an organization that remembers the victims of violent crime.

State Representative Frank Mautino received the 2009 Legislator HERO award from Illinoisvictims.org.

It’s a website that remembers the victims of violent crimes and talks about what causes the crimes.

Mautino was given the award Wednesday in Springfield.

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La Salle County hire raises questions

Posted by wlpo on May 15, 2009

La Salle County has a new maintenance supervisor, but not without controversy.

County board members Sandi Billard and Stephen Carlson Thursday voted against the hiring of Robert Kaminski after wondering why the maintenance job wasn’t advertised.

Chairman Jerry Hicks says the board has always let the chairman appoint positions like this one and that members of the Courthouse and Jail Committee did have to approve of Kaminski before the full board voted. Hicks admitted that Kaminski is a client of his tax business in Marseilles but doesn’t see the hire as a conflict of interest. Hicks said Kaminski applied for a maintenance position with the county a couple years ago and that Kaminski approached him about this opening after Glenn Baxter retired.

Kaminski will be paid $60,000 as maintenance supervisor. He officially starts the job Monday. His contract is only for a year and by that time, Hicks said they’ll probably make their hiring practices more open.

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