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Tea Party Gives State Representative Endorsement

Posted by wlpo on December 30, 2010

If area Tea Party groups had their say, David McAloon of Bourbonnais will be the next 75 District State Representative.

In a press release, Tea Party groups of the 75th District including the Bureau-La Salle Tea Party say McAloon is a longtime conservative Republican who has an exceptional business background and is very aware of the anti-business policies in Illinois.  McAloon has been heavily involved with the Tea Party across the state but was defeated soundly in the February Primary by Congressman-elect Adam Kinzinger.

The 75th District seat is open after Sue Rezin was picked to replace Gary Dahl in the state Senate.

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Woman taken to hospital after crash

Posted by wlpo on December 30, 2010

Careful driving on wet roads.  Police say a woman rolled her car after loosing control and going into a ditch.

Megan Hayes of Sheridan told police the crash happened after she hydroplaned near Wedron Tuesday evening.  Hayes was taken to Ottawa Regional Hospital for treatment.

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Peru Alderman would like to see a county bus service

Posted by wlpo on December 30, 2010

There are places in Ottawa that people from La Salle-Peru sometimes need to visit.  And vise versa for people living in Ottawa.  If you want to make it across the county though, you’ll need a car or a friend that has a car.

Peru Alderman Bob Ankiewicz brought up the topic of bus service during Wednesday night’s city council meeting.  Inspired by an effort by the La Salle County Transportation Coordination Committee to get grant money for public transportation, Ankiewicz told the council a county-wide bus service would be a good idea.  He said people could come to Peru to shop and people from Peru could visit the county offices in Ottawa.

He asked that they look into it.

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Snowy December cuts into Peru’s salt supply

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2010

It’s been a snowy December and that’s kept the Peru streets department busy.  Plows in Peru have already dropped an estimated 1700 tons of salt this season.

Public Works Superintendent Gary Bleck says that’s about half of their supply.  He says he’ll monitor their supply, but says he’s seen seasons when it’s starts off snowy but they have salt left in April.

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2010 brought fewer deadly crashes locally

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2010

The number of people killed in car crashes this year in the Illinois Valley is down.

According to IDOT, 14 people have died this year in 12 crashes in La Salle County.  That’s down from 21 deaths last year.  Bureau County has had six crashes that killed six people.  Bureau County had seven people killed in crashes the previous two years.  There have been no fatal crashes for the second year in a row in Putnam County.

Statewide, 916 people have been killed in crashes this year, up from 911 all of last year.

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Burglary related charges for Peru man

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2010

A ladder and a heater are a couple of things that were allegedly about to walk away from a construction site in Peru.

Police went to the Illinois Valley Professional Complex after getting a call about a burglary Sunday night.  Police say they arrived and found William Davis of Peru trying to put a large ladder in a truck that already had a propane tank heater inside.  They also say they found a handgun.

Davis was arrested for burglary, possession of burglary tools and unlawful use of a weapon.  He was taken to the county jail.

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New Details In Three Semi Crash Near Peru

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2010

The three truckers involved in a Monday night crash near Peru have been identified.

State Police say Larry Ridgeway of Indiana was westbound on I-80 when he drove through the median and into the east bound lanes.  He ended up hitting a semi driven by Timothy Arndt of Wisconsin.  A third semi driver Dennis Jacks of Rock Island couldn’t avoid the other two trucks and sideswiped Ridgeway.

Ridgeway was taken to St. Margaret’s Hospital while Jacks and Arndt went to Illinois Valley Community Hospital.

No tickets have been issued.

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Investigators Hope Break In Weather Means Break In Case

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2010

Investigators hope unseasonably warm weather will allow them to continue their search for Tanya Shannon who’s been missing since a car crash that killed her husband.

The search for Tanya has been postponed for a few weeks due to wintry conditions.  Now, the forecast calls for temperatures to warm up into the 50s by Friday.

Sheriff Tom Templeton says he wants to see what actually happens with the weather before deciding to resume the
search. Templeton also says there are no new developments in the case.

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Streator Teachers On Verge Of New Contract

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2010

School may be out but school board members and teachers at Streator High School are busy with contract negotiations.

The school board has called a special meeting tomorrow night at 5 to potentially approve a new contract with the Streator Federation of Teachers Council.  The contract vote will come after a closed session.  The meeting is in the Streator High School Library.

The new contract will be good thru the 2012-2013 school year.  Teachers have been without a new contract since June.

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Latest Area Unemployment Rates

Posted by wlpo on December 28, 2010

The latest unemployment figures are a mix bag locally.

Bureau County’s newest jobless rate improved but things got worse in La Salle and Putnam County.  Bureau County’s November jobless figure is 10.1 percent, down from 10.6 percent in October.  It’s improved over a percentage point from a year ago.

La Salle County’s November jobless rate is 11.9 percent, up from 11.6 percent in October.  The county’s jobless number has improved one percent from this time last year.

In Putnam County, 11.4 percent of the eligible workforce is without a job, up from 10.8 percent in October.  The county’s jobless figure has improved by over a one percent since this time last year.

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