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Archive for June 28th, 2011

Foreclosures A Problem In La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2011

May was not a good month in La Salle County for homeowners.

According to RealtyTrac, the number of foreclosures in the county went up 25 percent from April to May.  Ottawa led the way with 14 foreclosures.  La Salle, Peru, Marseilles and Streator all had five homes foreclosed.  Sheridan and Leland had four foreclosures while Utica, Earlville and Oglesby had three.  Mendota and Seneca also had two.

Bureau County had four foreclosures in May with three in Princeton and the other in Spring Valley.  No figures were counted up for Putnam County.

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Fall Opening For Streator Walmart

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2011

After years of waiting, a Walmart supercenter will open in Streator this year.

City officials believe the store on the north side of town should open in October.  A location is expected to open in July to do interviews for future employees.

The store construction has been delayed several times since preliminary plans for the store were first announced in February of 2007.  It’s going up on the northeast corner of Route 23 and Marilla Park Road.

Nothing has been announced about what if any restaurant or stores will be inside the Streator Walmart.

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Oglesby teen accused of taking a car after crashing his

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2011

Crashing your car doesn’t give you permission to take off in a car belonging to someone else.  A teen from Oglesby is accused of leaving his car in a corn field in Putnam County after an accident he didn’t report.

Investigators believe Thomas Brown Junior left his car and stole a car from a home along Meridian Road near Granville.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies stopped Brown Monday morning for improper lane usage.  He was eventually arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, zero tolerance, underage drinking, leaving the scene of an accident and more.  He’s also accused of having a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Brown was released with a court date after posting bond.

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River rescue crews respond to report of kayaker overturned on Illinois River

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2011

A report of an overturned kayaker on the Illinois River turned out to be unfounded but not until after rescuers from Utica and Oglesby gathered at the lock and dam near Starved Rock State Park.

They received a call at 11:30am Tuesday that a kayaker had overturned on the east side of the lock and dam.  Shortly after arriving, they decided no one was in the water and someone had just seen a buoy.

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Peru Woman Serves On Blagojevich Jury

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2011

One of the twelve decision makers in the Rod Blagojevich retrial is from Peru.

Aimee Spelich told the Chicago Tribune she woke up before 4:30 in the morning to drive to Joliet to catch a Metra train into downtown Chicago to be a Blagojevich juror.  She says she used the time to read since she’s a book lover.

Spelich’s husband Charles joked that the family “didn’t eat as healthy” with his wife away from home at the trial.

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Attorney: Ex-Ill. Gov. Ryan with wife as she died

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was with his ailing wife as she was taken off a respirator and died at a northern Illinois hospital.

Ryan’s lawyer, former Gov. Jim Thompson, says Ryan was released from his prison in Terre Haute, Ind., to visit his wife. Thompson says the couple spent her final hours together.

Lura Lynn Ryan died Monday evening. She’d been diagnosed with lung cancer. Court records show she was hospitalized last week when she had trouble breathing and a fever.

George Ryan is serving a 6 1/2-year federal prison sentence after being convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI.

Thompson says Ryan had been secretly released four times since January to be with his wife of 55 years. Thompson says the prison warden allowed the visits.

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Ottawa Bridge Construction Winding Down

Posted by wlpo on June 28, 2011

The headache of trying to get across Veteran’s Memorial Bridge in Ottawa should be coming to an end very soon.

Construction is on schedule and IDOT officials say work should be done by this Thursday.  Since construction began June 9th, traffic delays have been lengthy at times with the Route 23 and 71 intersection on the south end of the bridge closed to traffic completely.  You 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.

Traffic lights downtown will also return to normal this week.  Their timers have been changed to better handle construction traffic.

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