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Archive for April 7th, 2015

Utica’s finance chairman wins race for village president

Posted by wlpo on April 7, 2015

Matt Jereb emerged the winner in a crowded village president field in Utica.

Jereb received 35 percent of the vote with Rick Maltas second garnering 27 percent of the vote. Jim Schrader was a distant third picking up 14 percent of the vote. Jereb says he’s ready to finish some projects that are already in the works.

Winning trustee seats in Utica were Ron Pawlak, David Stewart, John Schweickert and John Pappas.

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Incumbents come up big in Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on April 7, 2015

The majority of voters in Oglesby must be happy with the direction the city is going.

Mayor Don Finley has won re-election picking up 70 percent of the vote. Tod Misener finished a distant second with 22 percent of the vote. Finley says he wants to keep Oglesby moving forward.

Joining Finley for another term on the city council are incumbents Dom Rivara, Tom Porter and Dennis Yborra. The fourth winner last night was former councilman Gary “Butch” Carey.

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Not a complete shake up in store for Ottawa High School Board

Posted by wlpo on April 7, 2015

It wasn’t the sweep that some hoped for in the election for Ottawa High School Board.

Former building trades teacher Dave Keely campaigned along with Andree-Marie Koban and Rich Gama to “shake up” the school board. Keely and Koban will get the chance to make things happen but Gama was beaten out for the third seat by former Ottawa High School custodian John Levy. Keely got 21 percent of the vote to lead the way.

There was also a race for three seats on the Ottawa Elementary School Board. Mary Ganiere, Steve Omolecki and Kurt Stevenson won the spots with Steven Wiggins falling short.

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Close races for Hall High School Board and Spring Valley City Council

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Four candidates were elected to the Hall high school board Tuesday night.

Joe Bezely, Michael Morris, John Jack Boroski and Paul Quinn were all elected. Bezely led the way with 22 percent of the vote, while Morris, Boroski and Quinn all finished within three percentage points of Bezely.

In the ward races in Spring Valley, Larry Koehler was elected in ward one with 55 percent of the vote over Daniel McFadden, and in ward two, Frederick West earned a 53 percent win over Jeff Chiavento.

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Potthoff and Waldorf keep their seats, Perez loses his in Peru

Posted by wlpo on April 7, 2015

One incumbent falls but two win in Peru.

In the Ward Two race, Tom Payton defeated Rodney Perez by getting nearly 60 percent of the vote. In Ward Three, incumbent Dave Waldorf defeated Travis Nelson by getting 63 percent of the vote. In Ward Four, Dave Potthoff held off Chico Perez by taking in 73 percent of the vote.

Ward One alderwoman Becky Mueller ran unopposed.

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Seven people dead in small plane crash near Bloomington

Posted by wlpo on April 7, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) – The McLean County sheriff is confirming that seven people died in a small plane crash near Bloomington while returning home from the NCAA basketball tournament in Indianapolis.

The county coroner pronounced all seven pronounced dead all seven people on board. Their identities are being withheld pending notification of family.

The small plane crashed just short of the Central Illinois Regional Airport after midnight Tuesday morning.

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La Salle spending thousands on joining regional economic development group

Posted by wlpo on April 7, 2015

Attracting industry to the Illinois Valley often is a team effort.

According to the NewsTribune, the La Salle City Council has agreed to join the Economic Development Corporation of North Central Illinois. The group represents La Salle, Bureau and Putnam Counties and has been pushed by leaders of Hennepin and Princeton.

Part of the membership is a fee of $13,000 for La Salle based on the city’s population. They plan on using TIF money to pay for the group fee.

Alderman Jim Bacidore is against joining the economic development group saying it was “a glorified Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce”. La Salle ended its membership with IVAC in 2010.

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Young boy accused of accidentally shooting out front door of Waldorf Hair Company in Peru

Posted by wlpo on April 7, 2015

Ever get a gun as a holiday gift? Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei says a 12-year-old was trying out his BB gun that he got for Easter when a couple shots hit business storefronts.

Bernabei says the 12-year-old boy was shooting cans last night when he accidentally hit the front door of the Waldorf Hair Company and a window of a laundromat next door on Peoria Street. The shot shattered the hair company’s front door while it did little damage to the Laundromat window.

The boy was referred to Peer Jury with a city ordinance violation of firing a BB gun within city limits. His parents have agreed to pay for damages.

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