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Illinois Cement buying land from La Salle

Posted by wlpo on December 14, 2010

An area of land near the I and M Canal and the Illinois River is being sold to Illinois Cement.  The City of La Salle is selling the track of land for $41,000 so Illinois Cement can use it for a conveyor system they would like to build.

The land is near the city’s well field.

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FEMA grant will help stabilize Vermilion River bank

Posted by wlpo on December 14, 2010

A project that would stabilize the east riverbank of the Vermilion River at Streator is receiving federal grant money.

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving Streator a $275,000 grant.

Andrew Velasquez with FEMA says it will pay for the removal of debris, as well as the clearing and re-grading of the east riverbank. Walls will be installed to stabilize the riverbank and help prevent erosion.  The work is expected to protect 15 homes along the river.

FEMA is paying for 75% of the nearly $367,000 total.  The remaining $92,000 is coming from the City of Streator.

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Food pantry in need of new place to store frozen food

Posted by wlpo on December 14, 2010

The closing of a meat locker in downtown La Salle has the Illinois Valley Food Pantry wondering where they’ll store their frozen food.

The pantry has been keeping frozen meats at Bernardi’s Frozen Food, but with the business closing soon the pantry is looking for another business with freezer space.

Donna Hess is the pantry’s executive director.  She says they’ve been researching what it would cost to buy a used freezer but it would still be a large expense.

Hess says they only have a few weeks to find another place for frozen food storage.  If you can help out, contact the Illinois Valley Food Pantry.

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Dahl says he wishes the best for Rezin

Posted by wlpo on December 14, 2010

Even though his choice was looked over, former State Senator Gary Dahl is supporting Sue Rezin.

Dahl wanted his former legislative aide O.J. Stoutner of Peru to fill out his remaining term, but Republican leaders Saturday instead went with Rezin of Morris.  Dahl says he wishes Rezin the best in the coming weeks and months in representing the 38th District.  Dahl resigned from the senate Friday.

Rezin will be sworn into Dahl’s seat in January.

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