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Archive for April 21st, 2015

Woodford County Board decides against asking Aaron Schock to cover election costs

Posted by wlpo on April 21, 2015

Not everyone thinks former Congressman Aaron Schock owes them after his resignation.

The Woodford County Board last night voted not to ask that Schock reimburse the county for the costs of two elections this year to find the Republican’s replacement in Congress. The estimated bill for Woodford County is over $100,000. A split Woodford County Finance Committee sent the idea to the full board.

Earlier this month the Marshall County Board voted to ask Schock to reimburse them for around $76,000 in election costs.

Schock is being investigated for improper use of taxpayer money.

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City attorney predicts border war between Peru and La Salle after annexation agreement

Posted by wlpo on April 21, 2015

An annexation by the city of La Salle has their neighbor to the west unhappy.

At last night’s La Salle City Council meeting, city of Peru Attorney Doug Schweickert argued against La Salle annexing property at 232 La Salle Road, north of Interstate 80. Schweickert says Peru already extended water and sewer to the property, although it hasn’t been used in close to 20 years. He thinks the cost of La Salle also supplying water and sewer to the property would be around $525,000.

A heated exchange followed between Schweickert and several members of the La Salle City Council and Mayor Jeff Grove. Schweickert says the move would cause a ‘border war’, driving both cities into a bidding war with future developers. Grove said a ‘border war’ is not the way La Salle sees it moving forward.

The property is currently an abandoned truck wash and is owned by Shorewood businessman Jerry Styrczula. He plans to turn it into a truck sales and service stop.

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Ottawa City Council passes budget with more expenses than revenues

Posted by wlpo on April 21, 2015

Tired of filling sand bags to protect their wastewater treatment plant, the Ottawa City Council is ready to build a wall around it.

The two million dollar wall is part of a $39 million dollar budget passed last night by the council. Another big expense is a south side sewer project costing over two million dollars. Finance Commissioner Wayne Eichelkraut says health insurance claims are up 19 percent in the budget but that’s being offset by rising revenues from the ambulance department and video gambling.

The budget has a deficit of $1.7 million. The hole will be filled with cash reserves and transferring money around between different funds.

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Four people including two children hurt in crash near Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on April 21, 2015

A chain reaction crash south of Ottawa sent four people to the hospital.

According to the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, Jerri Churchill of Ottawa was on Route 23 Monday afternoon looking to make a left turn in her SUV. As Erin Schleutker of Ottawa and Danielle Lestronge of Streator slowed behind Churchill, Luke Holtzman of Grand Ridge came along and rear-ended Lestronge. Lestronge was pushed into Schleutker who then crashed into Churchill.

Lestronge and a young girl in her car were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator while Schleutker and a young girl in her car were taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.

Holtzman wasn’t hurt but was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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Alleged drunken driver plows into parked car and mobile home in Seneca

Posted by wlpo on April 21, 2015

It was a wild ride for a driver from Ransom.

Joshua Flanagan is accused of driving into a parked car and mobile home Monday night while driving through the Country Acres Mobile Home Park in Seneca. He was arrested for DUI, driving with a revoked license and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Flanagan was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Suicidal man barricades himself in his truck along the Peru riverfront

Posted by wlpo on April 21, 2015

A stretch of Water Street was blocked off Monday as Peru officers worked to talk a man out of committing suicide.

Peru Commander Shawn Andersen says they got a call just after noon Monday from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office about a man in his early 60’s threatening to shoot himself. He was found on Water Street near the old Red Door property.

Water Street was blocked off as the suicidal man barricaded himself inside his truck while holding a handgun. After about an hour and a half, the man unloaded his gun and ended the standoff. He was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital for treatment.

Andersen says no charges will be filed.

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