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One Man Rescue Squad Given Court Supervision

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2010

A man from Ottawa who has long wanted to start up his own rescue agency will be on court supervision for impersonating an emergency official by illegally using emergency lights.

Ross Radke was given three months court supervision Monday by Judge William Balestri.  Radke was in court after Ottawa Police balked at Radke used flashing red lights on his car during an attempt to help a motorist last June.  At this point, Radke was trying to establish the Ottawa Regional Rescue Agency.

Earlier this year, he began asking the public for donations to his new rescue team attempt called South Ottawa Rescue Squad.  Both Ottawa police and fire say not to donate to Radke.

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La Salle choosing red stickers to let homeowners know their grass is too high

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2010

A red sticker on your front door in La Salle means it’s time to get mowing.

The city is using the sticker as another way to tell homeowners and renters that their grass and weeds are too high.  The city council approved using stickers in addition to a letter Monday night.

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New Council Member In Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2010

The electric commissioner in Oglesby is no stranger to the position.

The Oglesby City Council Monday night unanimously named Gary Carey as the city’s new electric commissioner.  He replaces Don Finley who was named mayor.

Carey was electric commissioner in Oglesby from 1991 thru 1999 before he lost in a bid for a third term.  Since then he’s retired from the steel mill in Hennepin.

After accepting the job, Carey told the council audience not to expect miracles but he’ll give it his best shot.  He was non-committal on running for a full-term as commissioner in the April election.

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Emergency Plane Landing In Somonauk

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2010

A small two-seater airplane made an emergency landing Saturday night in Somonauk.

The pilot, John Spoor Jr. of Sandwich told investigators his plane lost power and was forced to make an emergency landing in a bean field west of a forest preserve.  Spoor and his wife Barbara walked out of the plane unharmed.

The plane was not damaged.

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Candidates Agree On Handgun Ruling

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2010

While they may not agree on much, the two candidates for the 11th congressional district both are applauding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold gun ownership rights in Chicago.

Both Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and her Republican opponent Adam Kinzinger were quick to announce today they supported the court’s ruling.  Halvorson said in the Chicago, or McDonald case “we saw how important it is that the individual right to responsibly own a firearm is protected”.  Kinzinger says “The Supreme Court has reaffirmed that our Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms must be defended at all levels of government”.

Kinzinger also blasts Halvorson for supporting “anti-gun, anti-liberty” democrats like Nancy Pelosi.

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Crossing guard pay and garage sales on the agenda for La Salle City Council

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2010

The size of garage sales and putting a cap on the amount of money that can be spent per city official at conventions are some of the topics that could come up at Monday’s La Salle City Council meeting.

The council is also scheduled to go into executive session to discus the pay for crossing guards.

The council meets at 7pm.

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Road projects on Route 71 and Route 6 begin Monday

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2010

A couple mile stretch of Route 71 will be under construction starting Monday.

Advanced Asphalt of Princeton is resurfacing Route 71 from Interstate 39 west to Cedar Point.  The job also includes sidewalk work in Cedar Point.  The work is expected to be done by September.

A part of Route 6 between Marseilles and Seneca will be closed to traffic starting Monday.

Len Trevero Construction is starting a two-month job of replacing a box culvert under Route 6 between Marseilles and Seneca.  Traffic will be detoured just east of Ottawa to Interstate 80.  Morris Blacktop is another alternate route.

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La Salle Elmentary adding three mobile computer labs

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2010

You see people using laptops and IPads just about everywhere these days.  Starting with the new school year, students in the La Salle Elementary District will have access to new MacBooks and iPads.

The school board last week approved a four-year lease with Apple that supplies the district with three mobile computer labs to be used at Northwest and Lincoln Schools.

Superintendent Dan Marenda was a big supporter of the idea.  He says he used similar lease agreements while in other school districts.

The district will be paying over $56,000 a year for labs, but Marenda says that’s about what they’ve been budgeting for computers and hardware.

The district already has Dell PC’s.  Marenda says they’ll be redistributed.  He doesn’t think the change between PC’s and Mac will be a big deal for the students.

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Cause of Tire Shop Fire Unknown

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2010

The cause of Friday morning’s fire at Big Guy and Sons Tires in Ladd remains under investigation.

Ladd fire officials say the state fire marshall’s office is helping to find a cause.  At this point, firefighters don’t think the fire is suspicious in nature.

The initial fire call came into the Ladd Fire Department at 7:02 this morning.  Several other fire departments assisted.  The building  is a total loss.  A nearby garage also took on some minor heat damage.

People from as far away as Grand Ridge reported being able to see the thick black smoke.

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Lengthy Power Line Debate Should Be Over

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2010

After years of wrangling, Ameren finally has direction on where to put high-powered transmission lines from Ottawa to Wedron.

The Illinois Commerce Commerce Commission this week sided with Administrative Law Judge John Albers to have 138 thousand volt transmission lines go up Route 71, much to the dismay of the Route 71 Resistors but much to the enjoyment of another landowner group, the Fox River Alliance.  In a 38-page ruling, Albers says going up Route 71 instead of going along the Fox River costs less, has less impact on the environment, and effects less landowners.

The ruling should end all questions and court battles about Ameren’s power line proposals.  Besides putting lines from Ottawa to Wedron, the power company is also putting lines up going from La Salle to Wedron.  This path largely follows Interstate 80.

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