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Ottawa Claims Big Savings From Electric Aggregation

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2012

If you live in rural La Salle County and are unsure about voting yes or no for electric aggregation, maybe listen up to what’s going on in Ottawa.

According to a press release from the city of Ottawa, electric users at homes and at small businesses have saved nearly 400 thousand dollars on electric bills between July and September.  That comes out to roughly 29 percent less per bill.

If you recently opened a business or changed your address in Ottawa, expect an “opt-out” mailing next week.  So far the city says 95 percent of electric users have decided to not opt-out and let the city shop around for lower rates thru aggregation.

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Ottawa High School Board And Teachers Negotiating

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2012

After a contentious strike in 2009, it’s time to negotiate a new contract for Ottawa High School teachers.

The Ottawa High School Board is meeting in closed session next Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning to discuss negotiations.  No action is expected.

Three years ago today, teachers were in their 3rd week of a strike at Ottawa High because of salary and insurance.  Sixteen classroom days were lost during the walkout.

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Chicago Tribune Endorses President Obama

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Tribune is endorsing President Barack Obama for a second term, saying he’s shown steady leadership on the economy and world affairs.

It praises Obama for “pragmatism and focus” as he led efforts to stabilize the U.S. economy. It also says he’s been decisive in handling the nation’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and careful about projecting military power abroad.

The Tribune rapped the president for failing to do enough to reduce the nation’s debt, especially when Democrats controlled Congress during his first two years in office. But it said Republican nominee Mitt Romney has been “astonishingly willing” to change his views to suit political whims, and his budget proposals are questionable.

The Tribune also endorsed Obama in 2008.

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