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New council members and a treasurer for La Salle

Posted by wlpo on May 2, 2011

The make-up of city leadership in La Salle includes several new faces.  Three new aldermen and a returning alderman were sworn in Monday night.

First ward alderman Diz Demes and newcomers Joe Edgcomb of the second ward,    John Duncan of the third ward, and Mark Schneider of the fourth ward took their places on the council.

It was also the last meeting for council’s two most senior members former third ward alderman George Green.  Green chose to not run for another term after nearly 20 years on the council.  Former fourth ward alderman Gary Schroeder lost his re-election bid after serving 12 years.  Former third ward alderman Demetrio Salazar did not run for a full-term after filling out the remaining two-years of an unexpired term.

There’s also a new city treasurer.  Former alderman Bob “Ice Man” Ksiazkiewicz was appointed to finish out Fran Baratta’s term.  Baratta stepped down from the post for personal reasons.  Prior to being elected treasurer she was the city clerk for many years.

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March for Babies raises $221,500

Posted by wlpo on May 2, 2011

Good weather and over 600 participants made the 2011 March for Babies event in Peru a success.

The fundraiser for the March of Dimes Sunday at the Illinois Valley YMCA earned $221,500.  The top money-raising team was Miracles Happen III, bringing in over $48,000.

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Foul play not ruled out in Ottawa death investigation

Posted by wlpo on May 2, 2011

Police are saying little about the investigation into the death of a man on Ottawa’s west-side, but they say foul play hasn’t been ruled out.

30 year old Darrio Hunter of Ottawa was pronounced dead at Ottawa Regional Hospital early Monday morning.  He was taken there after police received a 911 telling them to go to 512 Pierce Street shortly before 5am Monday.

The area around the home was taped off while investigators collected evidence.

Officials say no one has been formally charged.

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Kinzinger reacts to bin Laden’s death

Posted by wlpo on May 2, 2011

The death of Osama bin Laden is a historic moment for the nation and a significant step toward eliminating terrorist activity here and around the world according to Congressman Adam Kinzinger.

The Republican calls the news of the terrorist leader’s death historic.

He says “it represents one victory in our continuing fight against terror” and he adds that the fight is not over.

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Fire destorys barn near Granville

Posted by wlpo on May 2, 2011

An early morning blaze has destroyed a barn near Granville.

The fire was reported around 2:30am Monday.  Jason Spradling with the Granville Fire Department says the barn was at the corner of Power Plant Road and North Division Extension.  It left two near-by homes with minor exterior damage.

He says hay was being stored inside of the barn.  Standard and Hennepin Fire Departments provided assistance.  It’s a total loss.  No word on what started it.

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New La Salle council members to be sworn in Monday

Posted by wlpo on May 2, 2011

There will not be a dog pull at Pulaski Park in La Salle.  Tom Rodriguez was asking the city council for permission to hold a dog pull competition there but he later changed his mind.

Rodriguez had planned to hold the Pull for Humanity contest at Baker Lake in Peru but was told last week he could no longer hold the event in Peru.

The city council was scheduled to discuss the request Monday night, but will no longer need to.

There will still be plenty going.  New aldermen Joe Edgcomb, Jon Duncan and Mark Schneider will be sworn in.  The meeting is at 7pm.

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Osama Bin Laden Killed

Posted by wlpo on May 2, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has formally announced the death of Osama bin Laden in a U.S.-conducted operation in Pakistan.

Speaking from the White House in a late night address, Obama said a small team of Americans launched a targeted operation that he approved. Bin Laden’s body was retrieved after a brief firefight and later buried at sea.

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Oglesby Woman Hurt In Crash

Posted by wlpo on May 2, 2011

Two people including a teen were hurt in a crash near Wenona.

Sheriff’s deputies say a 16 year old lost control at a curve on East 6th road and crashed into a driveway culvert.  The teen and their passenger Christie Pemberton of Oglesby were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.

The accident is still under investigation.

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