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Peru levy includes increases for library and police pension funds

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2009

If you don’t regularly use the Peru Public Library, maybe you will after you get your tax bill next year.
At the request of the library board, the levy will raise almost $500,000 for the library fund.  That’s a $379,000 increase over what was requested in previous years.  The library fund accounts for over half of the city’s levy.
The city council approved the levy Monday night.  Alderman Dave Potthoff voted against the levy.
Also increasing is the amount levied for the police pension fund by $60,000.
All money levied for a particular fund must go to that fund.

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Cockfighting In Earlville

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2009

An alleged cockfighting ring in rural Earlville could’ve been going on for at least five years.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says officers worked their way into the operation just east of Interstate 39 and learned of a large cockfight set for Saturday.  Attendees allegedly agreed to pay a thousand dollars to enter up to five gamecocks in the fight.  Once the fights were supposed to start, 50 officers surrounded the barn and arrested 10 people including the property owner, 51 year old Rudolfo Villanueva of Earlville.

Dart believes the cockfighting ring provided thousands of dollars in illegal cash to hundreds of people, many from Chicago.  He thinks some of the proceeds were used to fund illegal gun and drug purchases.  Officers say they found six guns at the barn including an AK-47.

Because of their condition and how they were raised, officials euthanized all the gamecocks on-site.

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Mine Disaster Balloon Found 800 Miles Away

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2009

When 259 balloons were released in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Cherry Mine Disaster, at least one balloon made a landing a long ways away.

When hunting with his daughter on November 15th, Zachary Rogers of Sackets Harbor, New York found a helium balloon in the woods.  Tied to the balloon string was a tag dedicating it to 24 year old Steve Timko.  He was one of many miners who died at the Cherry Mine 100 years ago.

Rogers says he and his daughter went to the internet and read up on the Cherry Mine Disaster.  Rogers found the balloon less than 24 hours after it was released.

The balloon traveled 818 miles.

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Fire fighters put out chimney fire in Princeton

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2009

Have you had your chimney inspected this season?  It could prevent a fire like one had fire fighters called to a home in Princeton Sunday.

Princeton Fire Chief John Petrakis says crews were able to put out a chimney fire at a house on South Euclid Street, but only after the homeowner couldn’t.

Petrakis says they had to use a special agent known as “Chim-Flex” to bring the fire under control.  The fire was contained to the chimney’s fire box but there was heat damage to the mantle and some Christmas decorations.

He says you should have fireplaces and wood burning stoves inspected by a professional.

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Donald Stubler

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2009

52 year old Donald Stubler of Oglesby died Friday in St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

          Services will be Wednesday at 10 in the Shields Funeral Chapel in Oglesby followed by a mass at 10:30 in Holy Family Church.  Visitation will be Tuesday from four until six in the funeral chapel.  Burial will be in St. Vincent’s Cemetery.

          He’s survived by his mother Mary of Oglesby, brothers James of Peru and Robert of La Salle, and sister Betty Kay of Peru.

          Donald Stubler worked for Horizon Industries.

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Man arrested for DUI after rolling SUV

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2009

Power was knocked out to a home after a crash involving an SUV and a man that police think had been drinking.

          Officers spotted Tyler Hassler of Dalzell walking early Sunday morning.  Police say he told them he had been in an accident, but couldn’t say where.

          They found his SUV overturned in a field.  They think he drove off the road, hit a culvert, went airborne and into a fence before rolling several times.  It hit a utility pole.

          Hassler was arrested for DUI, underage drinking, leaving the scene, and not reporting an accident.  He was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Commercial TIF district and tax levy on Peru agenda

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2009

The push is on for another TIF district in Peru.  The city council tonight is scheduled to vote on an ordinance that would set up a date for a public hearing for what would be the north commercial TIF.

          The council Monday night is voting on the tax levy and the sale of Caterpillar Generators sets.

          The city council meets at 7:30pm.

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Crews clean up train derailment near Wyanet

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2009

Crews are working to reopen a couple of railroad tracks in Bureau County after a derailment near Wyanet.

Steve Forsberg with Burlington-Northern Santa Fe says they want to have one track reopened by 5pm and the other by 7pm Monday. 

     19 cars of a 92-car freight came off the tracks Saturday night.  One car spilled plastic pellets.

The derailment also affected some passenger routes.  Amtrak says the company is rerouting passengers on some trains by bus and a few trains have been detoured to bypass the closed tracks.

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