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Ottawa Lawyer Suspended For Questionable Conduct

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2010

An Ottawa attorney won’t practice law for at least six months.

The Illinois Supreme Court last week suspended the law license of Melvin Hoffman for violating professional rules of conduct.  A state judge originally put Hoffman’s license on suspension for a year starting last year but Hoffman appealed that ruling.

In the ruling, a judge said Hoffman has “serious anger issues” and his misconduct was serious.  He’s accused of calling a Cook County judge “a narcissistic, maniacal, mental case who shouldn’t be on a bench”.  In another incident, Hoffman allegedly compared a case he handled with the DCFS as “kangaroo court” and that the court hearing was “no more a fair hearing than they had in Russia when operating under the Soviet system”.  The final case of questionable conduct came where Hoffman allegedly called another lawyer unethical and said the lawyer “must be from a Jewish firm”.

Hoffman has practiced law since 1973.

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Ottawa Deals With Fire On The Canal

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2010

Ottawa firefighters didn’t need water to put out a fire last evening.  Instead they used brooms.

Crews took a call just before six last night about a small fire along the I&M Canal on Superior Street.  Firefighters used brooms to put out the grass fire.

They were on scene for about 15 minutes.

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Mendota Duo Arrested For Heroin

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2010

A man and woman from Mendota face heroin charges.

TRIDENT along with help from Mendota Police arrested Danielle Miller and Anthony Suspenzi of Mendota yesterday for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 felony.  Both were taken to the county jail where both remain on 20 thousand dollars bond.

Court hearings are set for Miller and Suspenzi on October 21st.

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Republican Attorney General canidate says he understands business

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2010

Business will have a strong supporter in state government if the Republican candidate for Attorney General wins the November election.  Steve Kim of Northbrook has represented and advised various companies and has also worked for Jim Edgar while Edgar was in office.

Kim doesn’t have experience as a prosecutor but he says that’s not a problem because the office of Attorney General deals with regulatory issues, and he’s familiar with that.  He says he understands how regulatory rules affect business and can work to make Illinois a more business-friendly state to keep jobs.

He also says more needs to be done to crackdown on political corruption.

Kim’s previous political experience is having been a township trustee.

He faces incumbent Democrat Lisa Madigan and Green Party candidate David Black.

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U.S. Census shows 4.5% of Illinois children lack healthcare coverage

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2010

Having health insurance coverage for your children is important but new numbers from the U.S. Census show some kids in Illinois lack coverage.

Statewide 4.5% of children don’t have health insurance coverage.

In La Salle County the percentage of children without is .9 with a  0.7% margin of error.

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Jansz chosen to become Thirteenth Judicial Circuit judge

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2010

A judge opening in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit is being filled by a former Assistant States Attorney.  Michael Jansz has been chosen to replace the retiring Associate Judge James Brusatte.

Jansz was an Assistant States Attorney in La Salle County from 1988 to 1990.  Currently, he’s a partner at the law office of Herbolsheimer, Lannon, Henson, Duncan, and Reagan.

Jansz will be sworn in on October 18 by Chief Judge James Lanuti at the La Salle County Court House.

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PADS prepares for another season

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2010

Lost jobs and housing had more people using Illinois Valley PADS shelters last season.  Over 200 people, including children and veterans, were among those staying in the shelters in Peru and Ottawa last year.

Volunteers are preparing for another season that includes extended hours.  They’ll be open from five in the evening until nine the following morning.  It’s four hours longer than in previous years.

They need volunteers to work at the shelter filling short and overnight shifts.

They also need things like paper plates, cleaning products, and cereal.  The shelters open Friday.

You can find more information about the shelters by visiting their website.

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