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Archive for August 22nd, 2012

Cable or Internet? Peru aldermen consider the best way share city council footage

Posted by wlpo on August 22, 2012

Cable and Internet are services you probably have in your home, but some people have chosen other providers for TV and some people don’t want anything to do with the Internet.

Peru City Officials are trying to figure out which is more popular- cable or Internet.  They ask because Alderman Rodney Perez has been researching what it would take to record, broadcast or share the city council meetings.

Recording and posting meetings on the city’s website would cost an extra $91 a year for web hosting plus an estimated $2,400 to by a camera and software.  That’s according to a quote from Connecting Point Computers.

Broadcasting the meetings on a public access channel provided through Comcast would be free but the city would probably have to spend at least $25,000 for cameras and equipment.  That’s according to a quote by Comcast.

While the aldermen and mayor consider the price they’re also wondering which would reach more people- cable or Internet.  The conversation will likely continue when they meet next Monday night.

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Alleged Eureka Savings Bank Robber Arrested

Posted by wlpo on August 22, 2012

Police think they have their bank robber.

42- year old Vernard King of Peoria was arrested just before 2:30 Wednesday afternoon in La Salle.  He was found in the basement of a home on Zinc Street and allegedly put up a scuffle with several officers.  King was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

He was then taken to the La Salle County Jail charged with aggravated robbery, a class 1 felony.  King’s bond is 750 thousand dollars.  He’s accused of robbing Eureka Savings Bank yesterday afternoon near the Peru mall.

Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei says no charges have been filed against a man pulled over in La Salle minutes after the bank was robbed yesterday afternoon.  Bernabei says they’re trying to figure out the driver’s role in the robbery if he even knew about it.

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Bureau County Fair Back For Another Year

Posted by wlpo on August 22, 2012

The 157th Annual Bureau County Fair is underway in Princeton.

A beer garden and carnival start at 5.  This evening there’s a garden tractor pull, cake walk and live music.

The main grandstand act this year is country singer Josh Turner.  He’ll play Princeton Friday night.

Reserved grandstand seats are still available for 24 dollars.  There are some standing room only tickets also available.

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Negotiations Ramp Up For Condemned Ottawa School

Posted by wlpo on August 22, 2012

Negotiations are getting serious for the sale of the flooded out Central School building in Ottawa.

Right after finishing their meeting last night, the Ottawa City Council went to the already in progress Ottawa Elementary Board meeting to meet with them behind closed doors.  The sides continue to try and hammer out a deal where the city buys the old Central school and demolishes it.  The city has grant money to demolish the school which has been condemned but they hit tear it down until they own it.

Last night’s meeting was the first where the entire city council sat down to negotiate with the full school board.

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Driver In Fatal Crash Near Seneca Is Improving

Posted by wlpo on August 22, 2012

The fiancée of an Ottawa grade school teacher killed in a crash is improving.

Chad Marks of Morris is listed in good condition today after being flown to St. Francis Medical Center Sunday morning.  He was driving between Seneca and Morris on Route 6 when he lost control and hit two trees.  Marks came back on the road and was then hit by a semi.  The crash killed his passenger and fiancée Brittany Judy of Ottawa.

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office says Marks of Morris was driving drunk.

Funeral service information for Brittany Judy can be heard on AM 1220 WLPO’s In Memoriam.

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