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Superintendent Says Meeting Payroll Could Be Tough

Posted by wlpo on January 28, 2010

It’s a long way until June but at Hall High School they’re looking ahead to know if they’ll be in the black.

Superintendent Mike Struna explained his financial concerns to the school board last night. He’s predicting they’ll see a deficit of more than 300 thousand dollars for fiscal years 2010 and 2011.
Struna and board members are upset at the state for being behind with payments.  The district is already owed 130 thousand dollars, a figure that could increase by about 158 thousand dollars if other state payments are missed.

Struna says his biggest concern is struggling to make payroll in July if property tax money isn’t received.
Thanks to the Newstribune for information in this story.

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Latest On Crafters Village Fire

Posted by wlpo on January 28, 2010

Several weeks after a raging fire destroyed Crafters Village in Peru, city officials say it looks like the owner isn’t dragging his feet in having the remains demolished.

The fire happened the evening of January 4.  An investigation into its cause is over, the caused ruled undetermined.

Doug Schweikert, Peru’s City Attorney says someone has approached the city seeking a demolition permit.

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Peru offers special needs premise alert program

Posted by wlpo on January 28, 2010

Calling 911 is one of your best options during an emergency and if you or someone in your home have a special need or a disability you may want the dispatcher to know.
People in Peru can start signing up for a special needs premise alert program.  It’s a way for the 911 dispatcher to know if someone has a special need that may be an important factor during an emergency.
The program is voluntary and it only works with land line phones.
Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei explained it to the city council Wednesday night.  He says the information will be kept confidential and only used during an emergency.
You can sign up for the program by filling out forms which are available at the police department and cityhall.

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Local Toyota Dealer Deals With Recall

Posted by wlpo on January 27, 2010

Toyota has suspended the sale of eight models including the Corola and Avalon because of the potential pedal issue.

Bill Walsh Jr. of Bill Walsh Toyota says they’ve pulled off the lot about 40 percent of their cars because of the recall.  He says customers who’ve called his dealership haven’t reported any problems but he applauds Toyota for not sweeping the potential problem “under the carpet”.

Walsh says a part to fix the issue has already been found but needs to first be approved by the National Transportation Safety Board.  When that happens, customers can start bringing their cars in for the repair which Walsh says takes less than a half hour.

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2010 IVCC-LPO Hall of Fame inductees named

Posted by wlpo on January 27, 2010

A few doctors, a village president and college president are a few of the people being named to Illinois Valley Community College- La Salle-Peru-Oglesby College Hall of Fame.

It’s the third year for the hall of fame.  Among those being inducted are Doctors Jim and Don Mini, former IVCC president Dr. Al Wisgoski, and Village of DePue President Eric Bryant.

AM 1220 WLPO Sports Director Lanny Slevin will be included for his years of broadcasting IVCC sports.

The 1979 football team will become the first team included in the hall.

An induction ceremony is being Saturday, April 24 in the Cultural Center.

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Kirk popular topic for Senate candidates

Posted by wlpo on January 27, 2010

Congressman Mark Kirk wasn’t one of the four candidates for U.S. Senate at Illinois Valley Community College Tuesday night but his name came up frequently.

          Republicans Patrick Hughes, Don Lowery, Andy Martin and Kathleen Thomas all too shots at Kirk who appears to be the front-running Republican to vie for President Barack Obama’s old senate seat. 

          Hughes claimed to be the only true “Reagan Conservative” among his challengers last night.  Lowery asked voters to look at his long record of holding up the ideals of the constitution being a longtime judge.  Martin says he’s a builder and performer claiming he challenged former Governor Jim Thompson and won when it came to building Interstate 39.  Thomas meanwhile, the only woman in the race, promised to uphold the courage and convictions of conservative principles and said any legislation that raises taxes isn’t good legislation.

          While Lowery is a retired judge, Hughes and Martin are both lawyers while Thomas is a teacher and historical researcher.

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Garage fire becomes house fire in Triumph

Posted by wlpo on January 26, 2010

A house was damaged and a garage and SUV destroyed after a fire in Triumph.  Investigators are trying to figure out what started the fire around 12:30pm Tuesday.

Fire fighters say it began in the garage and spread to the SUV and to the house which was only a few feet away.  A mother and two children were at a neighbor’s when it started.  Only part of the home was damaged.  The cost of the damage is estimated at $70,000.

Mendota received assistance from Troy Grove, La Salle, Utica, Peru, Earlville and Sublette.  Fire fighters were there until 3:30pm.

The State Fire Marshall’s office is involved in the investigation.  They’re not sure what started it.

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Swine flu continues to affect people in La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on January 26, 2010

Swine flu is still making people in La Salle County sick.  The health department reports two more people had to be hospitalized because of the virus since last week.

Both were men ages 49 and 53.  So far 22 people in La Salle County have been hospitalized because of the virus.  One person has died from it.

If you would still like to be vaccinated for swine flu, the health department has a clinic every Friday from 9am until noon at their office on Etna Road in Ottawa.  It’s open to everyone and there’s no cost.

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Central School Talk Tonight

Posted by wlpo on January 26, 2010

Still on the fence about which way to vote for the Central School tax referendum in Ottawa?  There’s a community meeting about the issue tonight.

The Ottawa Elementary School Board is hosting a Community Meeting about Central tonight at 7 inside the old Wal-Mart, or makeshift Central School.

The board last month voted to buy 46 acres of land on the south end of Ottawa to put a new Central School.  Before doing that, they approved an 18.5 million dollar tax referendum question that’ll be voted on next Tuesday.  The tax money would help pay for the new school.

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Rescheduled Republican Candidates Forum

Posted by wlpo on January 26, 2010

Some Republican hopefuls will take the stage tonight at Illinois Valley Community College.

A Candidate Forum is being hosted by several area republican groups starting at 6.  The forum was originally scheduled on January 7th but was postponed because of the weather.

U.S. senate candidates that will be at the college are: Patrick Hughes, Andy Martin, Judge Don Lowery and Kathleen Thomas.  They’re seeking the seat held right now by Roland Burris.

Congressional candidates who’ve confirmed are: Adam Kinzinger, Dave McAloon, Henry Meers and Darrell Miller.  They’re seeking the seat held now by Debbie Halvorson.

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