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Turnout Expectedly Low

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2010

Voter turnout in La Salle County wasn’t great by any means.

Just over 15 thousand voters were cast producing a total voter turnout of 21 percent.  A little over eight thousand Republican ballots were cast while Democrats had just over six thousand ballots.  There were 949 people who voted non-partisan.

Of the over 15 thousand total vote, 1,023 of them were absentee, grace period or early voting ballots.

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Policing Question Fails

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2010

Voters in Northville Township have spoken.  They don’t want to pay for extra police patrols.

Fifty-seven percent of voters said no yesterday to an advisory referendum which asked if they wanted to pay 70,000 thousand dollars a year to the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office for extra police presence.  The unofficial vote count is 620 against the idea and 464 in favor of it.

Sheriff Tom Templeton says extra attention would’ve been given to Lake Holiday especially.  The Northville Township Trustees can still agree to pay the county for extra patrols since the referendum was advisory and not binding.

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Kinzinger wins 11th Congressional district race

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2010

A landslide win for Adam Kinzinger in the 11th Congressional District Republican primary.  Kinzinger will face incumbent Democrat Debbie Halvorson in November.

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Forest Preserve Board In Flux

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2010

So much for a forest preserve district in La Salle County.  Voters in 11 townships said they would like their township to disconnect from the district that’s barely gotten off the ground.

They join 26 other townships that had already disconnected.

Voters in Fall River and Serena Townships overwhelmingly said they didn’t want to rejoin the forest preserve district.

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Incumbents win in Putnam County

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2010

The office holders being challenged in Putnam County will be on the ballot in November

In the race for county clerk, incumbent Daniel Kuhn beat out challenger David Mallery, 728 to 376.

In the race for county treasurer, incumbent Kevin Kunkel held on to his seat with 716 votes to Rich Weddell’s 372.

Four people were running for three county board seats.  Top vote getter Chauntelle Biagi-Bruer, followed by Duane Calbow and John O’Neill.  Newcomer Eric Balma missed out by 61 votes.

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Ottawa School Referendum passes

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2010

It looks like voters in Ottawa favor building a new Central School.  The $18.5 tax referendum passed with 63% of the vote.

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McNally beats Carlson in county board race

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2010

The challenger looks to be the winner in the La Salle County Board District 2 race.

Republican JoAnne McNally beat out Stephen Carlson with 67% of the vote.  Carlson is serving his first term on the board.

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Rosenow to face Thompson in November

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2010

Former Bureau County Sheriff Bill Rosenow will be on the November ballot.  Rosenow beat Joseph Bertetto in the primary election with 56% of the vote. 

          Rosenow will face current Sheriff John Thompson.

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Man arrested for La Salle shooting

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2010

The search for a man wanted for a shooting in La Salle is over.  Juan Sandoval was arrested Monday night at his apartment in Mendota after the La Salle County State’s Attorney issued a warrant for his arrest.   ` La Salle Police began looking for Sandoval after getting called to a shooting Saturday afternoon in the 1400 block of Zinc Street. 

Mendota Police went to Sandoval’s apartment Monday night and though police say he tried to get away, he was quickly arrested and returned to La Salle only to eventually be taken to the county jail.  

He’s charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, a class one felony.  His bond has been set at $500,000.

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Tractor Parade Could Call Oglesby Home

Posted by wlpo on February 2, 2010

The 9th annual Heritage Tractor Adventure could be spending a lot of time in Oglesby.

Mary Beth DeGrush is vice-president of the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau.  She told the Oglesby City Council last night that they’d like to have this year’s tractor parade based out of Oglesby by using the IVCC parking lot.  The consensus of the council seemed willing.

This year’s tractor parade is from June 5th thru the 9th.  Over 200 tractors took part last year.

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