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Peru Senior League wins state championship

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2010

The Peru Senior League has won the state championship.  The Peru boys beat Chicago Ridge 16 to 4 for the title Wednesday night in Watseka.

Peru will be play in the Central States Tournament in Columbia, Missouri.

The younger boys from Peru also had a good night.  The 10 and 11 year olds beat Limestone 12 to 4 in La Salle.  They advance to state.

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Peru approves plans for pet store

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2010

A pet shop could be coming to downtown Peru.  The owner of Andy’s Pet Shop, which is already located in Peru, wants to buy the duplex at 2228 Fourth Street, knock it down, and build a new pet shop.

To do so requires several variances for the set back, lot size, and parking.  Those variances were approved by the city council Wednesday night.

During a Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing last week neighboring home owners and business owners said they would like to see the new store at that location.  Though it’s a residential area, there are other businesses such as an accountant and cabinet shop.

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Alderman questions enterprise zone fee

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2010

Companies that locate in an enterprise zone are charged an administrative fee and this has at least one Peru Alderman wondering why.

Taking advantage of an expected visit from a couple of Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce representatives at the Peru City Council meeting Wednesday night, Dave Potthoff asked IVAC Executive Director Barb Koch why they charge a fee. Potthoff says he finds the fee to be counter productive.

IVAC is the zone administrator for an enterprise zone including Peru, La Salle, Utica, Oglesby and La Salle County.  Koch says it’s to cover the cost and expenses of what they do and paperwork.  She’s the fee structure changed in 2007 and a group comprised of affected mayors and the La Salle County Board Chairman is seriously discussing another revision.  Other enterprise zones apparently charge a lower fee.

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Princeton siren malfunctions

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2010

A tornado siren was going off in Princeton Wednesday afternoon, but it wasn’t for a tornado.  Fire fighters say a malfunction caused one siren to sound as a storm system moved through, but there was not an emergency.

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IVAC issues response to La Salle’s decision to leave the chamber

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2010

With one of their larger communities deciding to pullout, Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce officials are responding saying they understand given the difficult financial times.

IVAC issued a statement Wednesday morning.  The La Salle City Council was unanimous in deciding to not continue their membership Monday night.  An annual membership for the city cost $13,000.

IVAC says they “disagree with their decision and feel that the accepted and unified approach to economic development is more effective and efficient.”  They say “they will be happy to enter into discussions if La Salle decides to rejoin in six months.”

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Train Kills Woman Near Toluca

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2010

Investigators believe a woman who died after being hit by a train in Toluca committed suicide.

Marshall County Investigators say 43 year old Nancy Alden of Toluca was hit by on freight train early Wednesday morning near a crossing east of Route 117.

Workers with the Burlington-Northern-Santa Fe Railroad reported the hit to police.

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Loud Trains Bugging People In Streator

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2010

After numerous complaints from the public, the Streator City Council could try to silence trains rolling through town.

The council is having a workshop meeting today at three and one of the things they’ll talk about is possible railroad quiet zones.  People living along the BNSF line say they’re tired of hearing the blaring whistles from over 100 trains a day.  Before you say the people should’ve known what they were getting into by living next to tracks, City Manager Paul Nicholson says the number of trains has gone up since many people moved in.

Nicholson says the first step in creating a quiet zone is a feasibility study to see how much it’ll cost to close crossings completely off to cars.  The trains wouldn’t need to sound whistles if there weren’t cars or people to worry about.

Nicholson says there’s federal money available for the feasibility study but the cost of closing a half dozen crossings would be substantial to the city.

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Ottawa Riverfest Returns

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2010

Something that many Ottawans circle on their calendar each year starts tonight.

Riverfest starts officially at five with the 44th annual “Welcomeburger” at Washington Square Park in downtown Ottawa.  From tonight thru Sunday, Riverfest features everything from an art show, carnival and flea market to the “Taste of Ottawa” and live music on the riverfront.

The carnival starts tonight at six while “the Taste” and live music begins tomorrow with bands “Maggie Speaks” and “Rock Force”.

Everything except carnival wristbands and food at the “Taste” is free.

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Blagojevich Trial Heads To Jury

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) – The corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will soon be in the hands of the jury.

After hearing instructions from the judge on Wednesday, jurors will begin deciding the fate of the state’s second governor in a row to be charged with corruption in office.

They’ll be weighing competing images of Blagojevich. One of an immaculately dressed and smiling man, with his two daughters sitting nearby in the courtroom. The other painted by FBI wiretaps of him cursing in vile terms about everyone from the president to the voters who elected him.

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