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State Comptroller talks about the state budget and economy with local mayors

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2015

Your state comptroller doesn’t have a vote in Springfield but, as she puts it, she has a large megaphone. Republican Leslie Geissler Munger is settling into her new position of Illinois Comptroller. She visited Starved Rock Lodge Tuesday to talk to a couple of local mayors and reporters about the state’s economy and Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal.

Rauner has proposed cutting funding for local governments. Spring Valley Mayor Walt Marini made it clear to Munger that his town needs every dollar it receives from the state.  Marini says Spring Valley is an older community and is already taxed enough.

Peru Mayor Scott Harl also urged Munger to bring that message back to Springfield.  Harl says Peru stands to lose $500,000 is funding.

Munger says the budget proposed by Rauner last week was just a starting point. She says the state has $8 million in unpaid bills, but she believes Rauner’s policies will turn things around for Illinois.

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Truck fire affects I-80 in Bureau County

Posted by wlpo on February 6, 2015

Long after the fire was out, traffic heading west on Interstate 80 in Bureau County was slow going.

Emergency crews spent hours at the scene of a semi-truck and trailer fire that happened several miles west of the Ladd and Spring Valley exit Friday night.

The truck was hauling kitty litter. Both of its gas tanks exploded.

Ladd, Spring Valley, Seatonville and Princeton Fire Departments responded and along with Illinois State Police Troopers.

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Hall High School receives a grant from State Farm Insurance

Posted by wlpo on December 9, 2014

An online contest sponsored by State Farm Insurance has earned Hall High School a $25,000 grant

Local State Farm Agent and Hall graduate Cody Burroughs was at the school Monday to present the grant.

Superintendent Mike Struna says $2,500 will be used for a distracted driving program next spring.

The school board will decide how to spend the remainder of the money. Struna says some possibilities are the resurfacing of the track and buying more laptops.

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Spring Valley gearing up for lighted holiday parade

Posted by wlpo on December 5, 2014

After the sun sets in Spring Valley, Santa’s Workshop will come alive with lights.

You can bundle up your family for the annual lighted Santa Parade Saturday. The parade leaves from Hall High School at 6pm and will follow St. Paul Street to City Hall.

Earlier in the day, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of cookies and candies at the Spring Valley United Church of Christ Cookie Walk. It runs from 7:30am until 12pm on East Erie Street.

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Spring Valley City Council debates what to do with empty lot

Posted by wlpo on November 11, 2014

Most would agree an empty lot is better than a rundown building. However not all Spring Valley council members think a parking lot is better than an empty lot.

According to the NewsTribune, the council debated last night whether they should continue to allow people to park in an empty lot on E. Saint Paul Street. The lot used to house a rundown building that the city paid to have torn down.

Alderman Chuck Hansen didn’t think they spent $100,000 for a parking lot. Alderwoman Deb Baltikauski doesn’t mind cars parking on the lot saying at least it looks like its being used as part of the city.

Everyone but Hansen agreed to allow parking in the vacant lot during the day but not overnight.

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Christmas in the Valley returns this weekend

Posted by wlpo on November 10, 2014

Commercials have already shifted to Christmas season and so have stores. The city of Spring Valley figures its time for them to get into the holiday spirit.

The annual Christmas in the Valley is this Saturday. Santa will be in Spring Valley for pictures from 9am-2pm. There will be a petting zoo starting at 10am and a barbershop quartet strolling through town.

Many Spring Valley businesses will join in the Christmas celebration with sales throughout the day.

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Oglesby and DePue voters say “yes” to referendums

Posted by wlpo on November 4, 2014

Your city may need more money. Voters said “yes” in two referendums Tuesday. The people of Oglesby said yes by a 62% to 38% margin.

In DePue, voters supported the village issuing bonds to buy a fire truck and equipment. It passed 53 to 46%.

Voters in Cedar Point turned down their tax question 65% to 34%.  52% of voters in Spring Valley said no to a sales tax increase.

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TRIDENT arrests a man and woman in Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on October 20, 2014

While the public perception of marijuana has been changing, it’s still an illegal drug. Members of TRIDENT were in Spring Valley Friday to arrest a pair accused of dealing marijuana.

Curtis Kelly and Katelynn Rasmunson were charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. Both were taken to the Bureau County Jail where Kelly remains. Police say Rasmunson was able to bond out but could face more charges.

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Community and the governor tour JFK School addition

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2014

There is one thing that certain about the new addition at Spring Valley JFK School- the roof does not leak.   A steady shower Thursday night didn’t keep parents and students away from the grand opening of the $17 million addition.  Even Governor Pat Quinn spoke and toured the new classrooms, gym, and library

Superintendent James Hermes says they are thankful to have received the grant.   He says they had nice buildings before but the addition allows them to satisfy all of their students’ needs.   He also likes the new entrance.

The entrance is large and has a lot of glass making it possible for school officials to see who is outside.  It also offers a modern touch and leads into a cafeteria the feels more like a great hall.

Fifth Grader Andrea Arteaga was impressed.  She says it looks like a junior high you would see in a movie.

The first day of school is September 3.

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Spring Valley Police to host the National Night Out

Posted by wlpo on August 3, 2014

National Night Out is about community safety and awareness but for the children that go to it, it’s about free food and games.

National Night Out is recognized in towns across the country. In Spring Valley, the police department sponsors the annual evening of swimming, hot dogs and safety demonstrations at Kirby Park.

Activities begin at 5pm Tuesday at the Spring Valley Pool where kids can swim for free until 6pm. You will also be able to check out the Lifeflight helicopter. There will also be a bounce-house, displays by local police departments, games and child safety seat checks.

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