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Big money being played on gaming machines in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2015

Many in the Illinois Valley like games of chance and the numbers are there to prove it when it comes to video gambling.

According to the Illinois Gaming Board, over $258 million was wagered in La Salle County on video gambling machines in 2014. Payouts were over $238 million.

In Bureau County over $42 million was pumped into video gaming last year with over $39 million paid out. In Putnam County just under $4 million was gambled with the payouts totaling over $3.5 million.

Streator leads the pack in the Illinois Valley with over $51 million wagered in video gaming machines last year. B&R Café in Streator saw the most action with $10.7 million played in its five machines. That was enough for the city to make over $189,000 as part of its share of the revenue.

Both Peru and Ottawa saw over $30 million played in video gaming machines last year while over $20 million was gambled in La Salle and Princeton. Even a village the size of Naplate had over $12 million wagered with video gaming.

Statewide, gamblers wagered $8.2 billion into video gaming machines in 2014. The state’s take of the revenue was around $164 million.

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Unemployment rates show improvement over December 2013

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2015

In a year’s time the local unemployment rates have dropped nearly four percent. The Illinois Department of Employment Security Thursday released December’s unemployment numbers.

December unemployment in La Salle County was 7.8 percent, down from 11.5 percent in December 2013.

In Bureau County, unemployment was to 7.4 percent, down more than three percent from last December.

Putnam County unemployment declined by four points from December 2013 to 7.1 percent last month.

The Ottawa-Streator area unemployment went from 11.1 percent in December 2013 to 7.7 percent in December 2014.

The area saw new construction jobs, but loss jobs in government, manufacturing, and information.

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Plans push forward for La Salle County Nursing Home flood wall

Posted by wlpo on January 19, 2015

Plans to build a flood wall protecting the La Salle County Nursing Home are moving forward.

The La Salle County Board has hired North Central Illinois Council of Governments for $30,000 to handle the paperwork involved in getting a $450,000 grant. The plan is to build a flood wall along the Illinois River on the south side of the nursing home in Ottawa extending to Dee Bennett Road.

The total cost of the flood wall is expected to exceed one million dollars. The nursing home has been evacuated three times in the last five years because of flooding.

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Proposed La Salle County medical marijuana cultivation center request receives a second change

Posted by wlpo on January 9, 2015

While Governor Pat Quinn puts off issuing licenses for medical marijuana cultivation centers, the La Salle County Board is delaying a vote for a proposed cultivation center on Route 34.

Medmen of Illinois, LLC wants to put a cultivation center near Leland, but a request for a zoning change was shot down by the La Salle County Zoning Board of Appeals. The zoning board says a cultivation center doesn’t fit into the county’s comprehensive plan.

The supporters of the proposal were able to convince the county board Thursday to sent the zoning change request back to the zoning board.

The state could announce cultivation center license recipients at any time.

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Gas prices in eastern La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on January 9, 2015

Gas prices are starting to inch back up in a few spots around the Illinois Valley.

According to GasBuddy.com, the price of unleaded in Streator now ranges from $1.77 to a $1.99 a gallon. Last Friday, Streator had the lowest gas in the state at $1.55. Some Ottawa stations have gone back up over two dollars a gallon, making a jump of over 20 cents from last week.

La Salle and Peru stations have went down a little to as low as $1.85 a gallon. You can get gas in Princeton for $1.79 while Mendota stations are sitting at $1.99 a gallon.

The average gallon of unleaded in Illinois right now is $2.12 a gallon, down 5 cents from last week.

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Streator getting new representative on the La Salle County Board

Posted by wlpo on January 6, 2015

Medical issues have Mike Sheridan stepping aside during his first term on the La Salle County Board.

The Republican turned in his resignation last week to Board Chairman Jerry Hicks. He represented the 25th district covering Streator.

Hicks on Thursday plans to suggest former longtime board member Jerry Myers fill out the remaining two years of Sheridan’s term. After ten years on the board, Myers chose not to run for re-election when his last term ended.

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Peru man dies after single-car crash

Posted by wlpo on December 24, 2014

A one-car crash in rural La Salle County killed a man from Peru. Investigators say 47-year-old Thomas Bergen was heading west on North 33rd Road around 6:42am Wednesday when he went off the road and rolled several times.

Bergen was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is being investigated by the La Salle County Sheriff’s Department and Coroner’s Office.

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La Salle County Highway Department is ready for winter

Posted by wlpo on December 22, 2014

When the first big snow of the winter comes, the La Salle County Highway Department will be ready.  Thanks to a mild November and December, County Engineer Larry Kinzer says they have about 99 percent of their salt supply in storage. He says there’s around 8,000 tons of salt and sand mix stored away along with 600 tons of straight salt.  Even with horrible winters like last year, Kinzer says they rarely run out of salt.

The county pays the state $59 a ton for salt. Kinzer was able to lock in last year’s price before the price of salt went up.  The mild fall and winter has also helped save money with county workers not putting in overtime.

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Update: Two men arrested after a home invasion in Cedar Point

Posted by wlpo on December 19, 2014

A couple of unwanted guests to a home in Cedar Point have two men from La Salle facing charges.  Michael Gadd and Austin McAdams of La Salle are accused having pistols that were likely airsoft toy guns when they robbed the house before sunrise Thursday morning.

Police say two people were home at the house on Fourth Street when it happened. Gadd and McAdams were arrested for aggravated robbery and residential burglary and were taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Man arrested for stolen vehicle after running out of gas in La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on December 12, 2014

A police officer will run the plates anytime they come upon a broken down car. Remember that if you ever need to lay low.

A man from Skokie that was allegedly driving a stolen car was arrested after running out of gas on a La Salle County road west of Serena. Sheriff’s deputies found Devonte Johnson Thursday morning. Police say Johnson asked for a ride but they soon discovered that the car was reported as stolen out of Forrest Park.

Johnson was arrested for unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

 

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