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Peru officials change rules for inter-fund loans

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2010

Taking money from one fund and moving it into another is not an unusual practice for city business.

Peru has been making inter-fund loans to help out the general fund.  Sometimes they need to do for payroll.

A change in policy will allow that kind of a transfer without the city council’s approval.  The council Monday night approved an ordinance allowing inter-fund loads for payroll for up to $150,000.

The fund transfer would need to get the approval of three out of four officials- the mayor, city clerk, treasurer, and finance committee chairman.

City Clerk Dave Bartley says payroll is under that amount and them needing to do this type of transfer is a unique situation.

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La Salle And Putnam County Are Disaster Areas

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2010

During a stop Monday afternoon in Dwight, Governor Pat Quinn announced state disaster declarations for La Salle, Livingston, Peoria and Putnam counties.

Quinn says the declaration will help ensure the flow of state assistance to areas hit by tornadoes.  Streator and Magnolia were two local towns hit hardest Saturday night.

The National Weather Service says there were 15 tornadoes in all that hit Illinois Saturday from 7 until 11:30pm.

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IVCH prepares to “raise the roof”

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2010

IVCH Raise the Roof Ceremony
http://ping.fm/p/eWuif – IVCH Raise the Roof Ceremony

Rarely do you have a reason to be on the helipad at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, but a crowd gathered there Monday afternoon to hear plans of a $15.5 million expansion project.

A new obstetrics unit and a new intensive care will be included in a new floor of that section of the hospital.

The expansion is being paid for with their reserves, through borrowing, and a fund-raising effort they’re calling “IVCH- For a Lifetime of Care Campaign.”  They want to raise two million dollars and say they’ve already collected $586,000.

Tommy Hobbs is the CEO of IVCH.   He says Pepper Construction is the contractor overseeing the job.  He says an estimated 200 people will be working on it.  They hope to have it completed within a year.

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Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2010

IVCH CEO Tommy Hobbs announcing hospital expansion plans
http://ping.fm/p/yExpe – IVCH CEO Tommy Hobbs announcing hospital expansion plans

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Tornado At Its Strongest In Streator

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2010

The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Streator intensified as it went into town and got as wide as a half mile.

Meteorolgists say the tornado was born Saturday night at the Marshall-La Salle County line.  The tornado headed eastward along North 12th Road downing trees and power lines.  After moving past East 9th Road, the twister was not continuously on the ground and damage became sporadic.

Once it moved past East 12th Road in Eagle Township, the twister began picking up steam and remained on the ground through Streator.  Weather officials say the tornado was at its strongest when twisting through Hall Street and the Southside Athletic Park.

The tornado’s maximum wind speed was 130 miles per hour and did damage over an 18 mile stretch.  It was on the ground for 22 minutes.

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Attorney General Warns Of Scammers In Tornado Aftermath

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2010

After a devastating tornado like the one in Streator, there’s an outpouring of help.  Unfortunately, not everyone has good intentions.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan told AM 1220 WLPO News that her office is in Streator watching for so-called “Storm Chasers”.  These people aren’t chasing tornadoes but chasing tornado victims by offering up phony home repair services.

Madigan says the con artists try to catch people when they’re desperate and pressure them into making an expensive decision.  Madigan says to alert police and or her office if these suspicious groups start soliciting.

She says things you can do to protect yourself include: be wary of door-to-door contractors; get all the terms of the contract in writing; be aware you have the right to cancel a contract within three business days if you signed during an in-home visit; and ask to see required state or local licenses and permits.

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Damage on S. Vermilion Street in Streator.
http://ping.fm/p/m9uIR – Damage on S. Vermilion Street in Streator.

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Streator Tornado Damage Update

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2010

Streator officials now say 36 homes now are said to have received major damage from the storm.  Nearly 70 other homes on the south side received minor to moderate damage.  Other landmarks like the south side ball diamonds and Engle Lane Theater also have been hit hard.

ComEd officials continue to work on the power and expect to have power back up everywhere in Streator by this evening.  Also in the works is a mobile food unit.

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Bridge Traffic Backed Up In Peru

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2010

It’s slow going today on the Route 251 bridge in Peru.

The bridge is being inspected which is closing off east side lane of traffic.  The one-lane traffic on the bridge starts at both the sound and north approaches.

Flaggers on each end of the bridge are manning traffic.

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Shelter could soon open in Streator

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2010

Disaster assessments and assistance to people hit by Saturday night’s tornado are some of the jobs keeping Red Cross volunteers busy in Streator and Dwight.

The Heartland chapter of the Red Cross is involved with those areas.  Scott Vogel is their director of public support.  He says they have a shelter open in Dwight and will likely open one soon in Streator.

Vogel says they’ve been providing snacks and meals to people affected by the tornadoes and the emergency responders and clean up crews.

As for donations, they can’t accept food or clothing, but you can donate money.  You can give money by going to their website or by sending a check to their office, making it clear you want the money to go towards the “Illinois Tornado Relief”.

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