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Steel workers have until Friday to accept job offer

Posted by wlpo on September 14, 2009

Former Mittal steel workers have until Friday morning to decide if they want to be hired back to help remove machinery from the plant.
The plant in Hennepin has been closed since March. The company has tried removing equipment, but a group of former employees have been picketing at the plant’s gates.
Mittal is offering 31 fulltime jobs removing equipment based on sonority.
Dave York is the president of United Steelworkers Local 367. He says they have until 10am Friday to reply to the offer. They would return to work next Monday.
Meanwhile, a steelmaker from California is trying to show Mittal that he’s serious about buying their plant. His offers have so far been turned down. York expects to know more about that situation later this week.

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Starved Rock remains popular destination despite tough times

Posted by wlpo on September 14, 2009

Have you been out to Starved Rock State Park this season? The park remained a popular destination this summer.
Tom Levy is the site superintendent. He says July was a noticeably busy month.
Levy says 25,000 more people came to the park in July than last July.
Levy says they were able to handle the surge in visitors by pulling the staff together and using volunteers.
Attendance during the other months was what they would expect. He thinks they’ll hit two million visitors before the year is over.

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Rolling closures planned for Backbone Road

Posted by wlpo on September 14, 2009

If you normally take Backbone Road, don’t be surprised if you run into road construction.
Backbone Road between Princeton and Wyanet and Walnut will be under construction starting Tuesday. Work was originally scheduled to begin Monday.
Crews will have a one-mile long rolling road closure. The work will start at Princeton and move west towards the Wyanet-Walnut Blacktop. It’s expected to take a couple of days.

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La Salle Council plans informal meetings

Posted by wlpo on September 14, 2009

The La Salle City Council is holding an informal meeting Monday evening to discuss long term control plans for combined sewer overflow issues. The informal meeting begins at 6pm in city hall.
Tuesday they’ll meet at 6pm for another informal meeting for presentations on the long term plans.

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Peru Council talks about nuisance property

Posted by wlpo on September 14, 2009

City officials in Peru could go ahead with plans to condemn a home on 7th Street. No one has been living in the house since the middle of the summer, when officials forced people out of the home. It’s considered unsafe because it has no septic systems and is not connected to the city sewer.
The council could also agree to put in stop signs at Chambers and 14th Streets and at 10th and Walnut Streets.
The council meets at 7:30pm Monday.

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