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Archive for June 3rd, 2011

Village-wide garage sales Saturday in Ladd

Posted by wlpo on June 3, 2011

If you’re a fan of garage sales, take a ride to Ladd Saturday.  Garage sales are being held across the village.  Maps will be available at Casey’s, North Central Bank, the Village Clerk’s office or online.

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State Senator talks about budget and gambling expansion

Posted by wlpo on June 3, 2011

As a member of the minority party, State Senator Sue Rezin says she went into her first spring legislative session being realistic about she would be able to accomplish.

The General Assembly wrapped up the spring legislative session earlier this week.  One of the final things they voted on was a fiscal year 2012 state budget.

Rezin says the budget sent to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn was the House budget.  She says Senate Republicans didn’t support it because it included too much spending.

Rezin says she feels good that the senate republicans stood strong against more borrowing and that they were able to focus the conversation on getting the budget under control and ending borrowing to pay old bills.

You can hear more about Rezin’s thoughts gambling expansion and workers compensation reform by listening to an interview available at the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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Festive Atmosphere In Downtown Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on June 3, 2011

The first-ever Ottawa Two Rivers Wine and Jazz Festival has finally arrived.

Tents are up in downtown Ottawa for the two-day event that starts Saturday morning.  Twenty-wineries from every corner of the state will showcase their goods including August Hill Winery and Illinois River Winery in Utica.  Besides wine, there will also be an Antique Market and Gardening and Botanical Arts Faire.

Live music is featured Saturday and Sunday with the headliner Shirley King performing at 7 tomorrow night.  She’s the daughter of B.B. King.

The wine and jazz fest runs from 11 until 9 Saturday and 11 until 5 on Sunday.  Admission is 15 dollars which includes five tasting tickets.

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Hog Farms Proposed In North Central La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on June 3, 2011

A brand new hog farm and expansion of an existing one are in the works for La Salle County.

John Hagenbuch of Utica wants to build a new 1,920 unit hog farm southeast of Triumph and expand an existing hog farm in Waltham Township to 1,920 units.  He’d like to start building this summer.

Before he does, La Salle County Chairman Jerry Hicks wants to have a public meeting so that people can see the plans and give their thoughts about the hog farms.  Hicks says the county doesn’t have any jurisdiction over hog farms.

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Bowling Means Raising Money To Fight Cancer

Posted by wlpo on June 3, 2011

When’s the last time you got together with friends and family for bowling?  Two local Relay For Life teams are looking for people to participate in Crazy-Lazer Bowling.

The night will include music, laser bowling, and raffles.  It’s Sunday at 6 PM at Illinois Valley Superbowl in Peru.  It’s 20 dollars per person.  Money raised will benefit the Relay for Life of Upper Illinois Valley.

Interested parties are asked to please promptly call 538-6525 or 910-5572 to reserve lanes of between 5 and 6 people.

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Civil Union Ceremonies Commence

Posted by wlpo on June 3, 2011

Two Ottawa women are the first couple to officially enter into a civil union in La Salle County.

44 year old Katherine Faith Hope and 64 year old Jean Batson-Turner made history in front of Judge Cynthia Raccuglia and a handful of friends Thursday.  The two women have been together for 19 years.

Hope works for an agency in Princeton that helps developmentally disabled adults while Batson-Turner works at IVCC.  She is also an ordained minister.

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Retiring Janitor Leaves Impression At Local School

Posted by wlpo on June 3, 2011

The gymnasium at Spring Valley’s Lincoln School has been named after 88-year-old retiring custodian Edward “Red” Nestler.

Students chanted “We love Red,” on Wednesday.  Nestler knew they would have a lunch for him, but he didn’t know the school board voted to name the gymnasium in his honor. The naming happened after the school board received a petition
from students and staff. Students wore red T-shirts and launched red balloons in Nestler’s honor.

Nestler went to the school for seventh and eighth grade. He was a member of the school’s first graduating class in 1938. He retires June 30.

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