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Peru officials considering credit card policy

Posted by wlpo on December 28, 2011

It’s not unusual to be issued a company credit card.  Usually it comes with the understanding that every charge will be accounted for with a receipt and a valid excuse.  That’s going to be the policy in Peru if the city council approves a credit card policy next week.

City Clerk Dave Bartley thinks issuing work credit cards to department heads, the mayor and him would be practical since many purchases require a credit card.  He also thinks it would cut down on paper work.

Some of the city council members were skeptical when the idea was proposed Wednesday night, but seem to support it as long as there is a policy and they can review the transactions.  The council could approve a policy when they meet next Wednesday.


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Kinzinger and other congressmen ask business owners what it would take to add one job

Posted by wlpo on December 28, 2011

With unemployment still high, Congressman Adam Kinzinger is taking a new approach.  Asking small business owners what it’ll take for them to add just one job.

Kinzinger and the other four freshmen Republican congressman are soliciting emails and letters from small business owners in their districts to see what lawmakers can do to get them to hire just one more person.  They have set a deadline of January 6 for small business owners to respond. After that, they’ll take the suggestions to the desks of Senators Dick Durbin and Harry Reid and President Barack Obama.  Kinzinger explained the idea Wednesday during a visit to Ottawa.

With 1.1 million small businesses in Illinois, Kinzinger says if just ten percent of them hire one more person, that’s110 thousand new jobs.

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Home invasions and burglaries have become a reoccuring problem at Lake Holiday

Posted by wlpo on December 28, 2011

Locking the door when you’re home seems silly but at Lake Holiday near Sandwich it’s not a bad idea after a series of home invasions and burglaries.

Police say somebody has been going into houses and taking TV’s, laptops and women’s purses.  It’s happened as people are home.  Police say the thief or thieves are entering through basement windows and unlocked doors.

If you know any information call the La Salle County Sheriff’s Department.

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Kinzinger Challenger Coming To Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on December 28, 2011

Want to know a little more about your possible future congressman? He’ll be in Oglesby next week.

Ten-term Republican Congressman Don Manzullo of Egan is the featured speaker at January 3rd’s Bureau-La Salle Tea Party meeting at the Oglesby Elk’s Lodge. The discussion starts at 7 and is open to everyone.

Manzullo will face off against fellow incumbent Adam Kinzinger in the 16th District primary next year. Democrats created the primary match up when they redrew legislative maps.

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Peru Woman Gets Hometown Hero Check Tomorrow

Posted by wlpo on December 28, 2011

Putting in seven days a week at the Illinois Valley Animal Rescue isn’t going unnoticed.

Chris Ellberg of Peru will receive her five thousand dollar check tomorrow as the the top vote getter in Culver’s Hometown Hero Contest. Culver’s CEO and co-founder Craig Culver will personally deliver the check to Ellberg tomorrow morning at 9 inside the Peru Culvers.

Ellberg was chosen among a thousand finalists in the national competition. She plans to use to buy a car to replace the van she uses to rescue animals.

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Crash Hurts Utica Woman

Posted by wlpo on December 28, 2011

A fender bender yesterday afternoon injured a woman from Utica.

Charles Buster of Oglesby told Peru Police he attempted to brake but the pedal went all the way to the floor. He ended up rear ending Jennifer Kittilson of Utica. The crash happened at the intersection of May and Plank Roads.

Kittilson was taken to IVCH in Peru. Her teenage passenger and Buster were treated at the scene.

Buster was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving uninsured.

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Peru Blockbuster store closing

Posted by wlpo on December 28, 2011

You’ll soon have one less place to rent movies in the Illinois Valley.

Blockbuster Video on Midtown Road in Peru is one of 180 Blockbuster stores set to close in the near future. An employee at the store couldn’t say anything more. One listener says the Peru store is no longer renting movies or games, just selling them.

A Blockbuster in Ottawa closed in November of 2009. That building remains empty.

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