April 28, 2015
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Morning Meeting w/Jay LeSeure
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WCMY News
One of the hardest decisions high school seniors are facing right now, along with which college to go to, is how to pay for it.
The organizers of the May 16th Starved Rock Marathon are ready to catch “course cutters”. Those are people who sneak into the procession of runners without actually running the entire race course.
Road work resumed on Interstate 80 from just east of the Fox River Bridge to just west of the Marseilles interchange Sunday night.
It’s because member Kurt Stevenson was appointed to fill a vacancy before, ran for a four-year term this month, and won. He had two years left in the term he was serving in, and nobody ran for that.
Don Mammano is leaving the Ottawa Elementary Board after just one term. He says he’s 70-years old and needs to take things a little easier.
Landfill tipping fees paid by garbage haulers into LaSalle County funds are way up this fiscal year. Environmental Services and Land Use Director Mike Harsted says they went from $278,000 last year to a projected $750,000 this year.
He says the federal government doesn’t spend as much as it should on research and development to keep up with other countries.
St. Rep. Tom Demmer says it ought to be illegal to misuse money set aside for an elderly person to be cared for in a nursing home.
Some gigantic butterflies have shown up at Ottawa’s Allen Park. Mayor Bob Eschbach says they’re the outlines for dig art – images made with plants – that will be planted on the hillside next month.
Running a marathon with hundreds of runners takes 200 volunteers.
Murder charges were filed Thursday against 48-year old William Horman of Dayton and 21-year old Jonathan Beckman of Wedron. They’re accused of killing 47-year old Robert Dowd of Dayton last week, burning his body, and disposing of his ashes.
The Ottawa Elementary School District is borrowing $2.4 million through a bond issue.
Brent Barron from the city of Ottawa’s Tree Board gave away saplings at City Hall Wednesday as part of the kickoff to the annual Ottawa Is Blooming campaign. The city will also plant a tree at Marquette Academy's high school Friday.
The theme for this year’s Ottawa Is Blooming and America in Bloom contest is “The Year of the Zinnia”. If you think that sounds familiar, you’re right.
The Illinois Department of Transportation meeting series on how to improve highways, railroads, and more will come to Ottawa next week.
The school board accepted a $123,400 bid from Vissering Construction to turn the room the swimming pool is in into other physical education space this summer.
A new study claims that a proposed bill backed by the Exelon Corporation would cost its Illinois customers one-and-a-half-billion-dollars more on their electric bills over the next five years.
A study ordered by consumer groups finds a plan to financially reward Exelon Corp. for producing carbon-free nuclear energy would cost $1.6 billion over five years and strain financially strapped business and municipal government budgets.
Ottawa High will pay more for bus service. But it means no schedule or bus route changes next school year for either district.
The Illinois House unanimously passed Spring Valley Democrat Frank Mautino’s Streator Armory bill Monday. It’s in the Senate now where the chief sponsor is Morris Republican Sue Rezin.
LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton was honored on the U.S. House floor last month. He wasn’t there, but his friend, Cong. Adam Kinzinger, read a statement about him.
A Peru elementary school principal knows what it feels like to have her name read into the Congressional record.
LaSalle County’s anti-smoking programs aren’t affected by Gov. Rauner’s decision to suspend $26 million in social service program grants.
The Ottawa City Council candidate forum held on March 10, 2015 and arranged by the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry is here.
 
 
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