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Peru Not Raising Sales Tax

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2010

After a lot of talk, the Peru City Council decided Monday night not to raise its sales tax.

Despite Treasurer Gary Hylla saying money is needed in several different areas, no alderman was willing to make a motion to raise Peru’s sales tax.  Alderman Dave Potthoff said increasing the sales tax would have people buying even less, maybe even turning more to internet shopping.  Alderman Dave Waldorf says he would be more in favor of a sales tax increase if it was specifically meant for streets or a swimming pool. 

Hylla told the council that they eventually have to do something, saying revenue from an increased sales tax would be just enough to balance the general fund.  He told the council that even if they freeze expenses they won’t have enough money for infrastructure improvements this year or next.

Alderman Bob Ankiewicz said for now the city should just “tighten its belt a little more” while fellow Alderman Jamey Mertel said the city is paying its bills fine with current revenue.

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Biker Killed In Triumph

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2010

A man from Sheridan is dead after crashing his motorcycle Sunday night in Triumph.

Sheriff’s deputies received a call  about a crash on East 752nd Road.  When they arrived, they noticed marks on the road that showed 63 year old David Henderson had lost control of his bike and hit parked cars.

He was taken to Mendota Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  No one else was involved in the fatal crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Suspicious Package Detonated In Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2010

It was far from an uneventful Sunday for emergency crews and police in Oglesby.

Just before 9:45 yesterday morning, a city worker reported a suspicious package near the city sewage plant.  A hazmat team took a look at the package which Police Chief Jim Knoblauch says was actually a bucket with liquid inside.  The liquid was determined to be cottonseed oil.

A bomb squad from Kane County was then called into to look at a jar inside the oil.  They took the jar to a secure place and detonated it according to Knoblauch.  Knoblauch says the jar was determined to have a petroleum base product that could’ve started a fire but not caused an explosion.

If you have information about the suspicious package, call Oglesby Crime Stoppers.

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Man Allegedly Robbed Numerous Cars In La Salle

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2010

A man from La Salle was arrested yesterday morning for a string of car burglaries.

Ricky Boner is charged with six counts of burglary.  Police say he burglarized vehicles in numerous spots in La Salle.  Anyone whose car was broken into in La Salle or Peru recently are asked to call La Salle Police.

Boner meanwhile was taken to the county jail.

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La Salle Man Arrested For Gas Station Robbery

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2010

A man wanted for robbing a Mendota gas station was caught this morning in Peru.

32 year old Alex Stuggis of La Salle was arrested for robbery and aggravated battery after being pulled over at 4th and Church Streets in Peru.

Back on August 23rd, a cashier at Mendota Citgo Quik Mart reported that they were a victim of a robbery and aggravated battery.  Stuggis is accused of choking the gas station attendant before stealing an undisclosed amount of money.

He was taken to the county jail.

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Teen Arrested For Stabbing In La Salle

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2010

A 16 year old boy from Peru is accused of stabbing a fellow teen multiple times over the weekend.

The 16 year old was arrested Saturday morning by La Salle Police and charged with aggravated battery.  He’s accused of stabbing a 19 year old man multiple times Friday in the 300 block of Wright Street.  The victim was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital.

The alleged stabber was taken to the county detention home.  He was already on juvenile parole for an unrelated charge.

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Flood Anniversary For Central School

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2010

Two years ago this week floodwaters from the Illinois River overtook Central Elementary School.

A lot has happened since the record flooding.  Students that would’ve attended the old Central school building have attended class at other schools in the district, inside a church and now in an old Wal-Mart building.  The flooded out Central school building has been condemned and likely won’t ever be used as a school ever again because of mold and other issues.

With ground to be broken tomorrow on a new school built on much higher ground, Elementary Schools Superintendent Craig Doster reflects on the sometimes perilous journey.

The old Central school property is still in the hands of the Ottawa Elementary School District.  Doster says the potential sale of the property has been put on the backburner as they focus on getting the new school built.

The city of Ottawa has expressed interest before in buying the riverfront property.

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Sales Tax Going Up In Peru?

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2010

The state of Illinois isn’t the only government talking about raising taxes.  The Peru City Council is throwing around the idea as well.

When the council meets tonight, one of the things they plan on talking about is raising the city’s sales tax rate by a half-percent.  The council brought up the idea last Wednesday as way to possibly pay for road and sewer improvements.  It could also go towards funding a new swimming pool.

The council has talked about having the tax increase take effect January 1st.  Tonight’s meeting starts at 7:30.

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