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Archive for June 6th, 2011

Peru alderman suggests ending the city’s ESDA service

Posted by wlpo on June 6, 2011

When the police and fire departments in Peru need an extra hand directing traffic or handling crowds they call their ESDA members.  The group consists of a director and a couple of volunteers.  They also are weather spotters during severe weather.  For the past several years it has cost the city at least $7,000 annually.

Alderman Rodney Perez is on the Public Health and Safety Committee.  He’s also a Peru Firefighter.  He’s suggesting the city do away with ESDA and shift those responsibilities to the fire department as a way of saving money.  He put the idea before the city council Monday night.  He says that’s how they do it in La Salle.

Not everyone is convinced it will cut expenses.  Alderman Dave Potthoff says he’s open-minded but wants to see more numbers.  He doesn’t know how that wouldn’t create more overtime hours for the police and fire.

Alderman Bob Ankiewicz thinks it’s a bad idea.  The council will take a closer look at the numbers when they meet next week.

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Oglesby Looking To Fine Owner Of Longtime Eyesore

Posted by wlpo on June 6, 2011

The city of Oglesby could be taking a homeowner back to court for his rundown property.

City Attorney Jim Andreoni gave the police chief the go ahead to ticket Gary Balzarini again for his home on 354 E. Florence Street.  Balzarini was sent a letter May 6th giving him a list of improvements that were needed to avoid further fines and court action.  The city already collected 500 dollars in fines from Balzarini last year.

Finley says they’ve been fighting with Balzarini since 2008 and the neighbors aren’t happy with the eye sore.

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Lady Cavs blank Oak Forest in Class 3A Super Sectional

Posted by wlpo on June 6, 2011

The La Salle-Peru softball team continues to make history.

The Lady Cavs are the first team in school history to reach the state semifinals after a 1-0 win Monday over Oak Forest.  L-P will next play Glenbard South Friday morning at 9:30 on

Ally Smith picked up the win on the mound.  The only run she needed was driven in by Jennie Laio.  Laio drove home Erica Lawless.

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Protect yourself from heat related illnesses

Posted by wlpo on June 6, 2011

Don’t take hot weather for granted, that’s the advice of nurse practitioner Lisa Ilg at Fast Care in Peru.  She says heat related illnesses are serious but preventable.

She suggests you exercise early in the morning or after six in the evening.  You should also check with your doctor before taking salt tablets.  And if you can, stay inside where it is cool.

Heat related illnesses include heat cramps that often occur in the legs, arms and abdomen.  If you experience that, Ilg suggests you stop what you’re doing, go to a cooler area and sip water.

More severe are heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Ilg says heat stroke is a medical emergency.  Signs to watch for include red hot skin, rapid pulse, a throbbing headache and dizziness.  Someone should call 911 and get the over heated person to a cool area.

You can learn more by listening to an interview available at the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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Streator Police investigate burglaries

Posted by wlpo on June 6, 2011

Burglaries to a business and two homes in Streator are being investigated.

The business break-in happened at Rick’s Garden Center on Main Street.  Officials say didn’t say what all was stolen.

Clues are also being gathered into burglaries of homes on 4th Avenue and Kent Street.  A safe was stolen from the 4th Avenue house while copper pipe, metal and wires were taken from the house on Kent Street.

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Man charged with arson in La Salle house fire

Posted by wlpo on June 6, 2011

A fire nearly one week ago at a rental home in La Salle has the man that was living there facing an arson charge.

Francisco Rodriguez was arrested on a La Salle County warrant for arson, a class 2 felony, Friday while at Ottawa Regional Hospital.  The investigation began early last Tuesday morning after firefighters put out the blaze in the 1000 block of Second Street.

The La Salle Fire Department and State Fire Marshall’s office turned over information to the La Salle Police Department, who passed information along to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Rodriguez was taken to the county jail with his bond set at $30,000.

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Blago: Emanuel raised issue of congressional seat

Posted by wlpo on June 6, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Rod Blagojevich says Rahm Emanuel raised the issue of having then-Gov. Blagojevich appoint a successor to Emanuel’s congressional seat in 2008 when Emanuel became White House chief of staff.

Blagojevich says his staff told him the move would be unconstitutional. Normally, a special election is held for a congressional vacancy.

Blagojevich is testifying for a sixth day at his corruption retrial.

Prosecutor Reid Schar introduced the issue of the congressional seat. He asked whether Emanuel had approached Blagojevich about making an appointment. Blagojevich agreed the purpose would be to give the appointee an advantage in a special election.

Blagojevich said he was told by his lawyers and political consultant that such an appointment would be unconstitutional.

A spokesperson for Emanuel, now Chicago’s mayor, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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L-P Looking To Punch Ticket To State

Posted by wlpo on June 6, 2011

The already historic L-P Lady Cav softball team hopes to make more history today.

The 24-6 Lady Cavs will play Oak Forest at 4 today at ISU in a Class 3A Super Sectional softball matchup.  The winner plays in the state semifinals Friday morning in East Peoria.

By beating East Peoria 7 to 5 on Saturday, the Lady Cavs won the school’s first ever sectional softball title.

Listen to the L-P and Oak Forest Super Sectional game today starting at 3:50 on AM 1220 WLPO.

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