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Old Central School Officially Sold To City Of Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on September 18, 2012

For just one dollar, the city of Ottawa has taken ownership of the abandoned Central School along the Illinois River.

The city council officially bought the school for a dollar and agreed to pay the Ottawa Elementary School District 375 thousand dollars for 12 acres surrounding the condemned building.  Mayor Bob Eschbach hopes they can officially close on the property in the next month.

The city plans to use a nearly three million dollar grant to demolish the school and leave it as public green space until they find a potential developer.  Eschbach says the city will hire a consultant to help come up with ideas on how to develop the riverfront property.  He says the public will be heavily involved in the process.

The old Central School was flooded and eventually abandoned after record flooding in September of 2008.

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Petitions for April 2013 election available Sept. 25

Posted by wlpo on September 18, 2012

If you would like to get involved in local government or a board of education here’s your chance.

Tuesday, September 25 will be the first day to take out and begin passing around petitions for the April 2013 election.  You can receive a petition from your city clerk, township office or school board.  They are also available online through the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Petitions will need to be returned between December 17 and December 24 in La Salle County.

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Union head: Chicago students in class Wednesday

Posted by wlpo on September 18, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago’s teachers union leader says hundreds of thousands of students will return to classrooms Wednesday after delegates overwhelmingly voted to suspend a seven-day teachers strike.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis told a Tuesday evening news conference that the union’s House of Delegates voted about 98 percent in favor of ending the strike after hearing details of a tentative contract agreement. She says some members remained unhappy with some of the economic terms of the proposal.

Lewis says union leaders recognized they “couldn’t solve all the problems of the world with one contract and it was time to end the strike.”

The teachers walked out last week over issues including evaluations and job security and students have been out of school for seven days.

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Homecoming Week At L-P

Posted by wlpo on September 18, 2012

Homecoming week is underway at L-P.

Today’s theme is “twin day”.  Tomorrow will be patriotic with “USA Day”.  L-P’s Homecoming parade is this Thursday at 4 and the football game Friday night is against Sterling.  The Homecoming Dance is Saturday night.

Zack Cinotto has been named homecoming king with Nadia Valentine the queen.

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Illinois Obesity Rate Expected To Double By 2030

Posted by wlpo on September 18, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) – A group campaigning against obesity predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in Illinois and 38 other states will be obese – not merely overweight.

Mississippi is expected to retain its crown as the fattest state in the nation for at least two more decades. The report predicts 67 percent of that state’s adults will be obese by 2030.

In Illinois, current stats show a 27 percent obesity rate. And the groups say that would grow to 54 percent by 2030.

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West Side Park Opens In Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on September 18, 2012

Oglesby’s newest park is open for business.

The six-acre McPhedran Park has been in the works for about five years and is almost completely done.  People have already been trying out the walking trail and playground.  There’s also a fishing pier, areas for dogs, retention pond for fishing and exercise stations around the park’s path.

Mayor Don Finley says the exercise stations should be done within a week, the path blacktopped by the end of the month and the pond stocked with fish by early-October.  The DNR plans to put in bass, catfish, bluegill and sunfish.

The park is off Oakwood Avenue on the northwest side of town.  The city received a grant for over 200 thousand dollars to help pay for the park.

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