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Archive for February 18th, 2010

Reported Suicide Being Investigated

Posted by wlpo on February 18, 2010

Investigators say a man found dead in a car on a farm in northwest La Salle County shot himself. 

          Police were called to a farm in Meriden Township Wednesday night.  39 year old Michael Schmidt of Earlville was pronounced dead at the scene.  His death remains under investigation by the county coroner and sheriff’s department.

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Crash Sends Area Woman To Hospital

Posted by wlpo on February 18, 2010

A woman from Mendota was hurt after a crash yesterday morning near Serena.

Gail Sessler was taken to Ottawa Regional Hospital after crashing with Eileen Cavazos of Sandwich on a county road in Serena Township.  Sessler is accused of pulling out in front of Cavazos and was given a ticket for failing to yield.

Cavazos refused medical treatment.

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L-P Scrambling To Cover What’s Owed To Them

Posted by wlpo on February 18, 2010

260 thousand and counting is a good way to describe what the state of Illinois owes LP High School.

The money is mainly for what superintendent Craig Carter says are grant-funded programs and other services reimbursed by the state.  Carter explained the situation to the school board last night.

He says the amount their owed will only increase if they’re not paid in March.  To deal with it, he’s asking school officials to revise budgets, reduce supplies, and take a closer look at if they have the enrollment to justify some of the sections and courses they’re offering.

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Elementary Board Makes Committment To Unions

Posted by wlpo on February 18, 2010

The Ottawa Elementary Board is doing what it can to avoid the inflatable rat.

The board approved a labor resolution where they promise to use union workers wherever possible when building the new elementary school.  Superintendent Craig Doster says this doesn’t mean they’ll exclude non-union workers.  He says the union promise is common.

Local unions came out in unanimous support of the tax referendum ballot question but Doster says it has nothing to do with the board’s labor commitment.

Bids for the new school are scheduled to be awarded in June with actual construction starting in late August or early September.

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