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County Board Votes to Move Money for Highway Projects

Posted by wlpo on November 30, 2016

Do you ever have to move money from one account to another to make sure you can pay bills? The LaSalle County Board did that Tuesday but on a much bigger scale.

In preparation for the upcoming construction projects next year, the board voted to move $2.1 million. The money is being made available from the Motor Fuel Tax Fund.

According to LaSalle County Engineer Larry Kinzer, about $1 million of that money will go toward the projects themselves. The other $1.1 million will be used for payroll for the employees working on the projects.

Of the money going to payroll, a chunk of that will be going to Kinzer himself. The board also voted to use more than $126,000 of the Motor Fuel Tax money to pay Kinzer’s salary for 2017. IDOT will reimburse the county for half that amount.

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No Fatal Crashes in November on Illinois Valley Roads

Posted by wlpo on November 30, 2016

If you’re on the roads a lot in the Illinois Valley you’ll be thankful for this fact. There were no fatal accidents in LaSalle, Bureau, or Putnam County roads in November.

Despite that fact, LaSalle County is still among the 10 counties in Illinois with the most traffic deaths. So far this year 29 people have been killed in 24 crashes. That’s a five-year high for the county, and more than twice as many deaths when compared to all of 2015.

Bureau County has had 10 deaths in 10 fatal crashes in 2016. The number of fatal accidents is once again higher than the year before, when there were 8 of each.

The good news is that Putnam County roads have been very safe by comparison. Only one person has been killed in one crash in the county.

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LaSalle County State’s Attorney to Transition to Appellate Prosecutor’s Office

Posted by wlpo on November 30, 2016

After a rough start to the month, the LaSalle County State’s Attorney ended November on a high note.

Brian Towne lost his re-election bid against Karen Donnelly, who takes office today, but managed to quickly find new employment. According to the NewsTribune, he’s been tapped as the newest member of the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s Office.

The move means Towne will be called to handle cases, primarily in northern Illinois, where a prosecutor has a conflict or assist in cases that may be especially complex. He’ll bring his 24 years of experience as a prosecutor with him to the office.

It’s not the first time someone has hopped from a similar office to this level. Seven of the eight attorneys currently in the office were former state’s attorneys.

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New box store coming to Streator

Posted by wlpo on November 30, 2016

The Northpoint Shopping Center in Streator could soon be a busy place again.

The Streator City Council had a special meeting Tuesday night to talk about a Big R Store locating in the plaza. Plans are for the store to open up next year in parts of the old Kmart, CVS and Radio Shack buildings. This weekend a new movie theater is set to open in the shopping center.

To help attract the Big R to Streator, the city council has worked out redevelopment agreements using bonds and a TIF district. The closest Big R to the Illinois Valley is in Morris.

The company sells farm and livestock merchandise along with home and garden items, clothing and sporting goods.

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Miracle on First Street returning to La Salle

Posted by wlpo on November 30, 2016

Get out of the house with your children or grandchildren Saturday by taking a trip to downtown La Salle. Miracle on First Street is the city’s annual Christmas celebration.

You can have breakfast with Santa starting at 8 and take pictures with him at his workshop. There will also be carriage and fire truck rides, Christmas Family Bingo, and refreshments.

Miracle on First Street wraps up with an afternoon walk with Santa to city hall where the city tree is lit for the season at around 4:30. An “early bird drawing” for the city’s 50/50 will also be held after the tree lighting.

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Felony drug arrest made in Mendota

Posted by wlpo on November 30, 2016

A traffic stop in Mendota turned into a felony drug bust.

Officers pulled over 33-year-old Nathan Farley of Earlville Tuesday afternoon. He was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance along with driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance.

Farley was hauled off to jail in Ottawa.

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