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Crash victim’s wife still missing, search continues

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2010

The search for a woman missing since a car crash killed her husband in rural La Salle County will continue into a third day.

Dozens of people spent hours Monday searching Brookfield Township for 40-year old Tanya Shannon of Ransom.  She’s the wife of 41-year old Dale Shannon who was found dead in a one-car crash early Sunday morning off of the Grand Ridge Mazon Blacktop.

The couple was apparently headed home after a party in Streator.

Investigators think Tanya Shannon was in the car.  Sheriff Tom Templeton says there were footprints in the snow and one of Tanya’s shoes was left behind.

Searchers will back out at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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Cost of employee health insurance increasing in Peru

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2010

An increase in the price of health insurance means less take-home pay for Peru City employees.  After considering their options, Peru officials are leaning toward keeping employees with the same plan through Blue Cross Blue Shield though the price is increasing by about 12%.

The deductibles will stay at the same and employees will continue to pay for 10% of the premiums.

Dick Martuzzo is the city’s insurance consultant.  He says these days a 12% increase isn’t bad.

Employees have had a chance to look over the proposals and most seem to want to keep the current plan even with the price increase.

The city council will likely approve the plan at their next meeting.

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Oglesby Property Taxes Could Jump Up

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2010

The Oglesby City Council  placed on file Monday night a tax rate that would go from $1.95 to $2.05 per $100 assessed valuation.

Overall, the city’s trying to collect over eleven thousand dollars more in property taxes.  The total property tax revenue would be 607 thousand dollars.

Finance Commissioner Paul Danekas says the tax levy is “the best we can do” given a one million dollar drop in Oglesby’s equalized assessed valuation.

 

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Ottawa Judge Gets Promoted

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2010

Judge H. Chris Ryan is the new Chief Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.

Ryan was unanimously appointed by the Circuit Judges of the 13th Circuit.  He takes over for retired Chief Judge James Lanuti.

Ryan lives in Ottawa and was first elected Circuit Judge in December of 1992.  He recently was retained by voters in the November election.  Ryan has most recently been trying criminal cases in Ottawa.

He’s been a judge for 21 years.

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Search Continues For Crash Victim’s Wife

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2010

Despite dozens of people and dogs searching, a Ransom woman is still missing.

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office says searches haven’t turned up 40-year old Tanya Shannon.  Investigators think she left a car that was driven into a power pole by her husband, 41-year old Dale Shannon near the Exelon Nuclear Station.  Shannon was found dead in the driver’s seat.  The couple was apparently headed home after a party in Streator early Sunday.

Police say Tanya Shannon is five foot two, weighs 125 pounds and has shoulder length strawberry blond hair.  She was last seen wearing a red dress and a gray fleece hooded jacket.

If you know where she could be, call the sheriff’s department.

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New Director For United Way Of Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2010

Julie Sloan was picked by the board of directors today.

Board of Directors President Gary Halberg says Sloan brings with her many years of leadership and operational experience in the public sector as well as her continued role serving as a volunteer of several local non-for-profit agencies.

Current director Andrea Walters is resigning at the end of theyear.  She is moving out of the state because her husband’s new job.

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Snow a factor in a crash that killed a Princeton man

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2010

Snowy conditions played a roll in a crash that killed a man from Princeton.

It happened Saturday morning on Route 26 north of Princeton.  Police say 54 year old Lawrence Busch was heading north near City County Park when he lost control and an oncoming car driven Steven Slaight of Ohio.

Both were taken to Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, where Busch was pronounced dead.

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Seneca Official On WGN-TV After Bridge Debacle

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2010

Whether you consider it positive publicity or not, WGN-TV’s coverage of the first Seneca bridge implosion is getting plenty of attention.

A Youtube post of WGN’s failed attempt at showing the implosion live has nearly nine million views and counting.  The views are sure to go up after tomorrow as well.

Michael Ellis of the Seneca Development Organization is on WGN tomorrow morning for a live interview at around 7:45.

The final pieces of the bridge will come down this Wednesday afternoon.

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Ice spotter training offered

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2010

You’ve heard of weather spotter training but what about ice spotter training?  The La Salle County Emergency Management Agency is hosting an ice spotter training session Thursday evening.

You’ll learn about the impact that ice has on rivers and other bodies of water and what you can do to protect yourself.

The session is being held 6:30pm Thursday at Ottawa Regional Hospital.  It’s free and you don’t need to register.

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Draft Tom Templeton Committee formed

Posted by wlpo on December 6, 2010

Republican Tom Templeton recently began his fourth term as La Salle County Sheriff, but a group of Republicans would like to see him become the next State Senator from the 38th District.

A Draft Tom Templeton Committee has been formed.  Peru Township Republican Chairman Bob Vickrey and Bureau County Treasurer Nina Urbanowski are two of his backers.

Vickery says he thinks Templeton would be able to run and keep this seat in the next election.

Urbanowski says Templeton has family roots in eastern Bureau County.

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