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CVS plans to break ground April 17

Posted by wlpo on March 12, 2014

By this time next month, a demolition crew will be preparing to raze the old Jewel shopping market in Peru.  Developers of a new CVS Pharmacy recently went before the Planning Commission and Zoning Board to talk about the new store they’re building on the southeast corner of Route 251 and Shooting Park Road.

The pharmacy already has a store in that shopping plaza but plans to build a new store in what’s now a parking lot.  They close on the property April 1.  They plan to break ground for the new building April 17, the same day they plan to begin demolition of just the grocery store portion of the shopping plaza.

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Waltham Landowners File Court Complaint Over Sand Mine Approval

Posted by wlpo on March 12, 2014

In what was only a matter of time, opponents to proposed sand mine north of Love’s Travel Stop are taking the village of Utica to court.

Around 30 people have signed on to be plaintiffs arguing that the village trustees approval of an annexation agreement and special use permits for Aramoni, LLC violated village ordinances, state law and due process requirements.  Attorney Walt Zukowski says the plaintiffs include people who live near the proposed mine or own land near it.  Among the people taking Utica to court is La Salle County Farm Bureau President Monty Whipple.

Zukowski says his clients want a judge to stop Aramoni from proceeding with their mine and want village trustees to hold a new hearing that follows proper process.

The village of Utica has 30 days to respond to the complaint filed in La Salle County Circuit Court.  A message was left with village attorney Herb Klein.

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No Rush To Issue Gay Marriage Licenses In La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on March 12, 2014

Gay marriage licenses won’t be available in La Salle County until the statewide ban on same-sex marriage ends June 1st.

Although other counties have started issuing gay marriage licenses following a ruling that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional in Cook County, County Clerk JoAnn Carretto says they will wait until June.  She says while forms are ready to go, some software still needs tweaking.

Carretto says she hasn’t got a request from anyone yet asking for a same-sex marriage license.  Her office handed out seven civil union licenses last year.

Even if you can’t get a gay marriage license in Ottawa, you and your mate can get legally married in Cook County.

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Mendota Girl Pulls Off Rare Feat Of Two Arrests Just Hours Apart

Posted by wlpo on March 12, 2014

A teenage girl in Mendota was arrested twice within six hours.

Monday night, police arrested the 16-year old for domestic battery.  She was released to a parent.

Less than six hours later, the teen was arrested for aggravated assault and resisting arrest.  This time she was taken to the La Salle County Detention Home.

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Physical Therapist Named Employee Of Year At IVCH

Posted by wlpo on March 12, 2014

It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers.

Wendy Lamboley is the winner of the 2014 Buckman Family Employee of the Year Award at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.  Lamboley is the inpatient physical therapy coordinator and is credited with helping joint replacement surgery patients recover more quickly so they avoid spending more time than needed in the hospital.

Lamboley lives in Oglesby and has worked at IVCH for 23 years.

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Winter storm causing power outages

Posted by wlpo on March 12, 2014

Fewer Cornbelt Energy customers are without service.  At one time Wednesday morning more than 800 customers were without electricity in La Salle County and over 300 in Putnam County.

By afternoon service had been restored in Putnam County and about 70 customers remained without service in La Salle County.  The outages were weather-related.

In La Salle, 33 Ameren customers were without service.

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La Salle toughens vacant building policy

Posted by wlpo on March 12, 2014

You can tell by driving by some building in La Salle that nobody is living there. What you can’t tell is how long it has been vacant or if it’s unsafe. 

Changes to the vacant building ordinance in La Salle should make it easier for building inspector Chris Covert to get inside properties to see with what the city is dealing.  After a month or more of delays, the city council approved the changes Tuesday night. 

Covert says the new rules allow property owners to be fined for not maintaining their building. 

The city more recently has been aggressively going after vacant and dilapidated homes.  Several were demolished last year but Covert says there are many more, both commercial and residential properties that have been vacant for years.  He says it takes time but he has been working in it.

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