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Peru City Council passes a balanced budget

Posted by wlpo on April 20, 2015

Despite all the cuts coming from Springfield, the Peru City Council has passed a balanced budget for the new budget year starting May 1st.

The city’s General Fund is expected to have revenues of $13.6 million with nearly half of that coming from sales tax dollars. The budget projects state income tax revenues to be sliced in half.

When it comes to projected expenses for the next budget year, the city is expected to pay out over five million dollars for salary and benefits and over a million dollars for street improvements including work on North Peoria Street. The budget also has two million dollars in it for building a new public works facility.

You can see the budget for yourself by clicking http://www.peru.il.us/documents-forms-maps/financial-reports/budget/2524-fy-2016-budget/file

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Man accused of looting during storm cleanup in Fairdale

Posted by wlpo on April 20, 2015

After a tragic event, there are usually heroes and sometimes also villains. A Stillman Valley man would fall into the latter category.

Richard Burtch is accused of looting the tornado-ravaged town of Fairdale. DeKalb County deputies say Burtch was seen several times loading his vehicle with donated items for tornado victims. When they visited his house, deputies say they found dozens of tubs filled with medicines, toiletries and food. Burtch also allegedly stole donated rakes, shovels and brooms. Everything was gathered up and returned to people in Fairdale.

Officers think Burtch first came to Fairdale to help a family clean up their damaged house but kept coming back to get supplies for himself. He was arrested for looting and attempted looting. Bond was set at $50,000.

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Four corners development in Oglesby could mean jobs

Posted by wlpo on April 20, 2015

A former candidate for mayor has a plan to bring jobs to Oglesby.

According to the NewsTribune, Tod Misener with TC Enterprises is looking to redevelop property across from the Casey’s General Store. While he won’t say what the business is, Misener mentioned that it would create a dozen new jobs.

Depending on zoning approvals, the business could be announced within a few weeks.

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Controversial superintendent resigning from Ottawa High School

Posted by wlpo on April 20, 2015

New leadership is needed at Ottawa High School.

Much maligned Superintendent Matt Winchester resigned during Monday night’s Ottawa High School Board meeting. According to the NewsTribune, Winchester is taking a job as assistant to the director at La Salle/Putnam County Educational Alliance for Special Education, or L.E.A.S.E in Ottawa. His last day at the high school will officially be June 30th.

Winchester says he was offered the job before the recent election and election results had nothing to do with leaving Ottawa High. He has been superintendent since 2010.

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Chicago man charged with unlawful possession of a weapon in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on April 20, 2015

Having a loaded hand gun in your car is never a good idea, especially when you’re a felon.

Ottawa police arrested Carlos Martinez Allen of Chicago Thursday after Ottawa police received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Price Street and Marquette Street.

Allen was charged on one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a class 2 felony, after police found a loaded handgun in his car.

Allen was transported to the La Salle County Jail where he posted bond and was released.

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Oglesby, Ottawa residents run Boston Marathon

Posted by wlpo on April 20, 2015

A couple runners from the Illinois Valley successfully tackled the Boston Marathon today.

Dan Kasperski of Oglesby and Susie Walsh of Ottawa both completed the 26.2-mile course. Kasperski finished in a time of 3 hours, five minutes and eight seconds, taking 529th in the male 40-44 age division. Walsh finished in a time of 3 hours, 43 minutes and 20 seconds, good enough for 199th overall in the female 50-54 age division.

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New ownership sought for Lanuti’s in Ladd

Posted by wlpo on April 20, 2015

Another dining institution of the Illinois Valley has closed its doors. First it was Monari’s 101 in La Salle shutting its doors. Now its Lanuti’s in Ladd.

The restaurant is for sale and according to the NewsTribune, it’s closed pending a sale. The listing for Lanuti’s says it’s a “well established restaurant, over 100 years in business”. Coldwell Banker listed the property 424 days ago.

The bar stools and other equipment come with the building.

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Vintage warplanes fly over the Illinois Valley sky

Posted by wlpo on April 20, 2015

It was a great weekend for a flight. A group of old warplane enthusiasts took to the sky over La Salle and Peru Saturday.

If you looked to the sky you would’ve seen a group of TBM Avenger warplanes flying in formation. It was the 2nd annual TBM Spring Fling at the Peru airport.

The TBM Avenger group is based out of Eureka.

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Golf packages and tropical vacations up for bid with St. Bede’s annual auction

Posted by wlpo on April 20, 2015

How does a seven-day trip to the Caribbean sound? Or how about a private wine tasting event with 39 of your closest friends?

These are just a couple of things up for bid as part of the St. Bede Auction Gala this Saturday starting at 5:30 in the academy. There will be auctions, food, drinks and live entertainment.

The auction is St. Bede’s largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds go to offsetting the cost of tuition for St. Bede students. Over $200,000 was raised at last year’s auction.

This is the 31st year for the St. Bede Auction and Gala.

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Ottawa High wins another state music title

Posted by wlpo on April 20, 2015

The dynasty continues at Ottawa High School.

After tallying up scores for band, orchestra, and vocal state music competition, Ottawa won the Class AA state music title finishing nearly 60 points ahead of runner-up Bradley-Bourbonnais. It’s Ottawa’s 19th straight music title and 20th overall in school history.

Mendota, Princeton, Bureau Valley and Henry also had top 25 state music finishes in their respective classes.

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