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Blagojevich Jury Won’t Be Picked This Week

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – The judge in the retrial of  Rod Blagojevich says he doesn’t expect to have a jury in place until next week as jury selection drags on longer than expected.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel resumed questioning jurors Thursday. After questioning, he and attorneys will decide who should stay and who should go.

As part of that process, attorneys on both sides get so-called preemptory challenges in which they strike jurors without having to give a reason. Prosecutors get nine challenges and defense attorneys get 13. Zagel told attorneys they can exercise their preemptory challenges on Monday.

Jury selection has stretched on for longer than expected because so many potential panelists had heard about Blagojevich’s high-profile first trial.

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New I-80 Marijuana Bust

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2011

The latest drug bust on Interstate 80 involves a man from West Virginia.

A state trooper pulled over Michael Hedrick yesterday morning for allegedly speeding while going east near Peru.  After he smelled what he thought was marijuana, the trooper says he found 87 grams of pot in Hedrick’s car along with a pipe.

Hedrick was taken to the county jail.

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Area School Superintendent Leaving For The Burbs

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2011

Ottawa Elementary School is losing its superintendent.

Craig Doster was hired Wednesday night to become superintendent of the Flossmoor School District in southern Cook County.  Doster will stay in Ottawa through June.  He’ll help Ottawa officials in the search for his replacement.

Doster started in Ottawa in June of 2006.  He has guided the district through the flood at Central School, moving its students to the old Wal-Mart and now construction of a replacement school on the south edge of town.

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Big Time Rush Ticket Information

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2011

Tickets for the Big Time Rush show in Peru go on sale tomorrow morning.

Forty bucks will get you a ticket and parking to the August 13th concert at the Peru Municipal Airport.  Tickets will be available at Lou’s La Grotto and Wyanet Carpet.  You can also order by phone by calling Lou’s.

The show is part of the Concerts for a Cause series put on by Merry Noonan and Lou’s La Grotto.  La Salle County Broadcasting which includes 993 WAJK, 96.5 the Wolf and AM 1220 WLPO is presenting sponsor of Big Time Rush.

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River Crest Coming Tonight In La Salle

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2011

Flood warnings are still in effect for the Illinois River at La Salle and Ottawa.

The river in La Salle is expected to crest this evening at 25.5 feet.  Flood stage is 20 feet.

The river in Ottawa has already crested and is about a foot and half above flood stage.  The Illinois River in Ottawa is expected to fall back below flood stage Saturday.

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Drunk School Bus Driver Gets Jail Time

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2011

A woman who used to be in charge of busing special needs children around for the Ottawa Elementary School District has been sentenced to jail time.

53 year old Jan Butler of Ottawa has been sentenced to three months in jail after admitting she was driving drunk when taking three students home from school last May.   She was arrested after investigators say the school SUV she was driving overshot a driveway and backed into a car.  Police say her blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

Butler was also given 30 months probation, community service time and will have to undergo alcohol and drug treatment.

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Blago Jury Selection Drags Along

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – A federal probation officer, a suburban Chicago librarian and an out-of-work maintenance man who spends his days watching “The Beverly Hillbillies” are among the prospective jurors questioned in the retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel continued questioning would-be jurors for the fourth day today. He said earlier in the day that jury selection is taking “relatively long” because of the high-profile nature of the case and the fact that this is the second time around for Blagojevich.

Zagel began his questioning of the probation officer by asking if she recognized him, saying he recognized her. She works out of the federal building in Chicago. Zagel estimated the court is halfway to its goal of having 40
jurors to choose from for the final panel.

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La Salle County Park Scaling Back Because Of Rain

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2011

Heavy rains have put restrictions on Catlin Park just outside Ottawa.

Because of extremely wet trails, no bikes, horses or mules are being allowed on Catlin Park trails until further notice.  You can still hike the park on foot.

The park was also closed at times last year to horse riders and cyclists because of wet grounds.

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Ottawa Elementary Board Keeps President In Place

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2011

The two newest members of the Ottawa Elementary School Board were sworn in Tuesday night.

Dr. Don Mammano and Mary Ganiere joined the board after being voted into office a few weeks ago.  Current Board President Steve Omolecki also won re-election and was named to another two years as board president.  The board usually changes out presidents after two years but with the new Central School transition underway, they kept Omolecki in charge.

Frank Polancic will be vice-president of the board while Mammano will be the new board secretary.

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Putnam County Ruling Has People Worried About Tax Loophole

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2011

MARK, Ill. (AP) – A property tax ruling over a fuel company in Putnam County has worried Chicago-area officials that companies will flee to avoid taxes.

A Putnam County judge ruled in January that Hartney Fuel Oil Co.,  with sales of $200 million a year, had its sales office in the village  of Mark. There are no local sales taxes in Mark. Hartney has a longtime office in west suburban Forest View and Cook County wanted to collect the taxes. The state of Illinois is appealing the judge’s decision.

Meanwhile in Springfield some see a widening loophole that could cost millions of dollars for local governments.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says it could further decrease the tax base and jeopardize funding for critical resources.

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