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L-P Board Looking At Raising Property Taxes

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2012

It’s not exactly a fiscal cliff but the L-P High School part of property tax bills is headed up.

The L-P School Board Wednesday night passed a tentative tax levy where the rate per 100 dollars assessed valuation goes up from $1.84 to $1.89.  Despite the proposed increase, Superintendent Steve Wrobleski says L-P has the fourth lowest tax rate out of 26 school districts in La Salle County.

The school district wants to collect over $8.3 million in property taxes next year, nearly 400 thousand dollars more than they got in property taxes this year.

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Ill. license fee for state parks goes to governor

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Senate has approved a $2 license plate fee to improve crumbling state parks.

The plan to cut into a $750 million backlog in park maintenance and repairs now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn. He’s indicated he approves of the proposal.

It was the second go for the Senate. The measure failed in June but received a 39-11 vote in favor today.

The money would be used by the Department of Natural Resources. It was suggested as an alternative to charging an entrance fee.

A basic annual license plate costs $99.

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Extended Post Office Hours In La Salle And Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2012

Do you fear long lines at the post office this time of the year?  This should help ease the wait.

La Salle and Ottawa posts offices will be open the next three Sundays from 1 until 5.  Besides being able to mail things at those two post offices, carriers from other area towns will pick up mail Sunday and drop it off in La Salle and Ottawa to be delivered that day instead of waiting until the next day.

La Salle Postmaster Kevin Christiansen says having Sunday hours will help lighten the load during the week which should mean less waiting in line.  He says the idea of opening on Sundays came from customer feedback.

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Streator Children Complain Of Stranger In SUV Offering Them A Ride

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2012

Is there another after-school creeper making the rounds in Streator?

Kids on their way home from school Monday afternoon tell police that a man driving a purple SUV approached them and offered them a ride.  The children ran and called 911.

Streator Police say they were unable to find the purple SUV described by the kids.  The driver is described as being white with a grey beard.  His SUV had distinctive flower-patterned seat covers.

If you have information, call Streator Police.

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Investigation continues into explosion

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2012

An explosion at a company south of Tonica could be felt across the town but what caused it remains unclear.  Tonica Fire Chief Todd Anderson and someone from the State Fire Marshall’s office were back at Dauber Company Wednesday  morning but couldn’t find a cause for the explosion that shook the area Tuesday evening.

One employee was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital as a precaution.  No one was injured.  The explosion damaged a propane gas line.  Firefighters from Tonica and Lostant were at the business for a couple of hours last night.

An explosion at the plant in August seriously injured two employees.  Anderson says the explosion was similar but not completely.  He says they’ll continue their investigation Thursday morning.

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Potassium iodide being made available for people near nuclear plants

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2012

If you live near the La Salle Nuclear Station expect to receive an early Christmas present from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.  Vouchers for potassium iodide pills are being mailed out to homes within 10 miles of nuclear plants.

Potassium iodide or K-I, is a non-prescription drug that you take to protect your thyroid from radioactive iodine, which could be released during a nuclear power plant accident.

The state received 215,000 free pills from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  You should receive the vouchers in the mail by mid-December.  You’ll be able to redeem it at Walgreens.

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More than a dozen people arrested after police bust drinking party

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2012

The party was in Ottawa Friday night, at least for people who weren’t old enough to get into the bars.  State Police Troopers arrested 16 people for underage drinking early Saturday morning after going to a party on La Salle Street.

The youngest person arrested was a 16 year old girl.  The rest were obviously younger than 21 and from Ottawa, Oglesby, Peru, and Marseilles.

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Oswego Man Denied New Murder Trial

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2012

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – A judge has denied an Oswego man’s request for a new trial after he was convicted of fatally shooting his wife and three children in 2007.

Prosecutors say Christopher Vaughn killed his family so he could start a new life in the Canadian wilderness. Vaughn faces a mandatory life sentence.

His trial overlapped with the trial of Drew Peterson. Vaughn’s attorney, George Lenard, argued that his client didn’t get a fair trial partly because the news conferences held by Peterson’s lawyers at the court damaged his own credibility as a defense attorney.

Will County Judge Daniel Rozak said today there is no evidence that jurors were even aware of the other attorneys’ news conferences.

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Christmas Light Display To Benefit Hospitalized Child

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2012

There aren’t many worse things than a young child battling for their life.

People behind the popular Weber Christmas light display are dedicating this Friday night’s show to seven-year old Katie Becker.  They’re calling it “Friday Night Lights for Angels”.  Any donations given by people watching the light display Friday night will go to the family of Becker.

Katie is hospitalized with a brain injury and has been in a coma for over a month.  Becker is a 2nd grader at Waltham Elementary School.

The Weber Christmas Show is in the Senica subdivision across from Senica’s Oak Ridge golf course on Route 6.

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Marseilles Teachers Picket For New Contract

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2012

There’s some labor unrest at one local elementary school.

Teachers at Marseilles Elementary School held an informational picket last night before a negotiations meeting.  Teachers haven’t filed a strike notice.

Marseilles Elementary teachers have been working without a new contract since June.

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