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Archive for June 1st, 2011

Peru mayor continues to support a proposed sales tax increase

Posted by wlpo on June 1, 2011

Saying the city has fallen behind on maintaining their roads and sewers, Peru Mayor Scott Harl continues to make a case for a half-percent sales tax increase.  He wants to use the new tax money exclusively for infrastructure improvements which he says are necessary for attracting business.  The increase would bring the total sales tax to 7 and a half percent.

Harl proposed the increase last month and aldermen shared their two-cents about it during the council meeting Wednesday night.

Alderman Dave Potthoff agrees that money needs to be set aside for infrastructure improvements though he opposes a tax increase.  He says the increase could drive business out of town.  Instead he’s suggesting a percentage of the sales tax be set aside in a special fund a tapped when needed.

Harl says that wouldn’t be enough money.

Aldermen Dave Waldorf is on the public works committee.  He says putting a sales tax increase at the foot of the people isn’t good given the economic situation.

Alderman Rodney Perez says he would support an increase because he thinks that’s what the majority of people would want.

People in Peru will have a chance to weight-in.  A questioner about the proposed increase will be mailed out with the city utility bills next month.  Harl would like to have a decision made by October.

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Peru tightens policy for city spending

Posted by wlpo on June 1, 2011

New financial rules for the City of Peru will have employees asking for permission before they spend over five thousand dollars of the city’s money.

The Finance Control Policy requires purchases or services costing five thousand dollars and more to receive prior approval from the department head and the two aldermen on the related committee.

The city council approved the policy Wednesday night.  Alderman Dave Potthoff is on the finance committee.  He says they’ve already explained the new policy to department heads.

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Bridge Construction In Ottawa Will Go Day Until Night

Posted by wlpo on June 1, 2011

Construction on the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge in Ottawa will be seven days a week.

Because traffic delays are expected to be lengthy at times, Herb Jung with IDOT says they’re speeding up the bridge construction to three weeks starting June 9th.  This means construction crews will be on the bridge from 6am until 10pm, seven days a week.

During construction, the Route 23 and 71 intersection on the south end of the bridge will be closed to traffic completely.  You’ll have to use city streets to get to Allen Park.

Work on the bridge includes deck repair, pavement patching, drain extensions and realigning storm sewers.

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Marseilles Campgrounds Still Closed Because Of Sewage Issue

Posted by wlpo on June 1, 2011

Sewage issues have closed the Illini State Park campgrounds through this month.

DNR officials closed the Marseilles campgrounds due to a problem with the wastewater treatment system in early May.  They had hoped to reopen the campgrounds last week but are still working on repairs.  The Great Falls Campground, Whitetail Campground and concession stand are all closed.

Anyone with reservations can call the Illini State Park office for a refund.

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Three States Represented By IVCC Graduates

Posted by wlpo on June 1, 2011

Between all the different types of degrees and certificates, Illinois Valley Community College had nearly 650 graduates this past spring semester.

Besides Illinois, IVCC also had a graduate from Alaska and one from California.  Among the Illinois grads were students from the suburbs like Bloomingdale, Joliet, Shorewood, and Warrenville.

President Jerry Corcoran said they had a record number of students take part in the May 20th commencement.

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Amboy Teacher Accused Of Rape

Posted by wlpo on June 1, 2011

A social studies teacher and wrestling coach at Amboy High School faces a rape charge.

26 year old Jeffrey Mischler of Hinckley was arrested Friday for criminal sexual assault and home invasion.  After a night of drinking last Thursday in Dixon, he’s accused of forcing his way into the home of a woman he knew and having sex with her while she was drunk and didn’t know what was happening.  Mischler turned himself in the next day by meeting with police in Somonauk.

Bond for Mischler is 250 thousand dollars.

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Blago addresses comments cursing constituents

Posted by wlpo on June 1, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has explained cursing his constituents on an FBI wiretap, describing his comments as “a classic case of unrequited love.”

Blagojevich addressed the 2008 recording while on the witness stand for a fourth day Wednesday. He was answering a question from his defense attorney.

The recording’s one of the most memorable out of hundreds of wiretaps entered into evidence by government attorneys.

A clearly frustrated Blagojevich is heard ranting as he runs down a list of all the good he believes he’s done as governor. He mentions pushing through free health care for children and free public transportation for seniors, and he describes his constituents as ungrateful.

Blagojevich told jurors Wednesday the curses were merely, in his words, “a classic case of unrequited love.”

 

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Multiple Ambulances Respond To Utica Crash

Posted by wlpo on June 1, 2011

Two teens were taken to an area hospital after an accident on Route 178 near Grand Bear Lodge.

Police say the teens’ car and a dump truck were heading south toward Route 71 late Wednesday morning.  The man driving the truck didn’t see the teens passing him in the passing lane and began to turn into that lane when they crashed.

Tyler Janiak of Mendota and Mason Lee of Earlville were in the car.  Both were taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital.  Janiak was treated and released.  Lee was transferred to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  The girl driving the car, Autumn Reddin of Triumph and the man driving the truck, Roy Wasielewski of La Salle were not hurt.

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Same-sex couples seek civil union licenses in La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on June 1, 2011

Within hours of being able to apply for a civil union license, three same-sex couples had made a visit to the La Salle County Clerk’s office.

The state began issuing the licenses Wednesday.  The earliest a couple can have a ceremony is Thursday due to the one-day waiting period.

County Clerk JoAnne Carretto says receiving a civil union licenses is similar to receiving a marriage license.  In addition to the one-day waiting period, a civil union license costs $20.

Civil unions give couples many of the rights that come with traditional marriage. That includes the power to decide medical treatment for their partner and the right to inherit a partner’s property.

Civil unions also mean changes for insurance coverage.  The Illinois Department of Insurance has information for couples and insurance professionals available online.  You can find more information on insurance related issues by visiting  the state’s website.

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Condition Unchanged For Woman Who Crashed At Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on June 1, 2011

A woman who crashed her motorcycle near Starved Rock State Park remains in critical condition.

Police say Kathy Kelley of Creve Coeur was thrown from her bike after hitting a culvert.  The accident happened Monday afternoon on Route 71 in the curves east of the lodge entrance.

Kelley was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital and then was flown to St Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

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