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Former Board Chairman Creates Controversy

Posted by wlpo on October 9, 2009

Apparently old grudges die hard for some people.

Seven La Salle County Board members voted against a resolution yesterday naming a stretch of Champlain Street in Ottawa after former board chairman Glen “Joe” Dougherty.  County Engineer Larry Kinzer says it’s been tradition to name a stretch of county road after past board chairmen.

Voting against honoring Dougherty was: Catherine Owens, Arratta Znaniecki, Jack Leininger, Charles Borchsenius, Stephen Carlson, Randy Freeman and Don Jordan.  Everyone except Jordan is a republican.  Peru Democrat Matt McLaughlin voted present.

During discussion of the road naming, Freeman asked “if the road was a dead end road”.  Freeman often butted heads during Dougherty’s time as board chairman.

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