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Archive for September 29th, 2009

OHS teachers strike after talks fail

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2009

Differences about health insurance have the teacher’s union and school board at Ottawa High School unable to reach a new teacher’s contract. Teacher’s say they’re on strike starting Wednesday morning.
Negotiations broke down after a four-hour long meeting Tuesday.
On the school’s website, the board says they’ve offered a one percent salary increase for each year of a two or three year contract, no insurance contribution from the teaching staff for single coverage, and an insurance contribution by the teachers for family coverage of 172 dollars per month in year one.
The next negotiating session has yet to be scheduled. In the meantime classes and all school related activities are cancelled.

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Utility work to close block of 11th Street

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2009

Maintenance work will have a block of 11th Street in La Salle closed to traffic Wednesday.
Ameren crews will be working on 11th between Bucklin and Lafayette Streets starting at 7am. There will be a detour for as long as the work lasts.
Ameren officials hope the work is done in a day.

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Committee suggests Peru put old electric building up for sale

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2009

A piece of Peru’s history could be going up for sale. The old electric plant on Water Street isn’t used for generating power or much of anything and that has the electric committee thinking it should be sold.
Electric Committee Chairman Ron Wren told the council Monday night they could maybe sell the pieces of what’s left inside. The over century old building is of no use to the city.
The committee also thinks they should have five old generators tested to see if they’re still any good. The generators were considered ruined after a fire at generator building a few years ago. Wren suggested they be sold but no one else on the council agreed. He’s not saying yet how much it will cost to have them tested. It’s expected to take a few months.

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IVCC Reacts To Possible OHS Strike

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2009

Because of the impending strike at Ottawa High School, Illinois Valley Community College is moving evening classes out of the high school starting tomorrow night.

Some classes are moving to Marquette High School and others will be moved to IVCC. You can check a list of affected classes on IVCC’s website.

The Early Entry College dual credit courses that meet at Ottawa High during the day are cancelled until further notice.

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Area Woman Lifeflighted After Crash

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2009

Two women were hurt last night after a crash south of Marseilles.

Sabrina Terrell of Marseilles was lifeflighted to Good Samaritan Hospital after she lost control of her car and slammed into a tree. Her condition is unknown. Her passenger, Audra Lieske, also of Marseilles was taken to Ottawa Regional Hospital.

The accident happened just after eight last night.

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