February 10, 2016
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Over the last few months, the Illini State Park Foundation has come together to determine projects to do at the park and figure out how to pay for them.
1988 Class AA State Champion pole vaulter, Greg Fenza is one of five individuals and one team to be inducted into the Ottawa Township High School Hall of Fame this year. 
A North Korean satellite launch over the weekend is something Cong. Adam Kinzinger says the United States needs to worry about.
If you have to pay, you’ll want to know that and maybe work out a payment plan by the filing deadline.
Marquette Academy, Seneca High School, and Ottawa High School each won their respective divisions at the Illinois Valley Community College Academic Challenge Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) competition last week.
Ottawa Polce Department releases end of the year statistics.
Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs visited Ottawa Monday on a publicity tour for the Ag Invest program. It’s a program that provides some state money through local banks for lending to farmers for just about any farm related need except buying more land.
Jamie Lomeli claimed there was insufficient evidence against her, so her conviction should be thrown out.
Marseilles Mayor, Jim Trager, says that construction on a new hydro power plant by the Illinois River has finally begun.
The Red Cross is asking people to consider learning CPR and how to use a defibrillator for National Heart Month.
Voter registration for the primary next month ends next Tuesday, February 16. You may not have to be at least 18 years old to do it.
If you have an old cell phone you’ve been wanting to get rid of, St. Rep. Andy Skoog knows how. 
A Frisbee golf course with plans to be built in Ten Acre Park got approved by the Marseilles City Council this week. 
It’s nomination time for the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant program. Community Outreach Manager Heather Wolfe says farmers can propose that rural school districts they like get grants of $10,000 or $25,000.
A documentary maker’s story about two veterans could pick up some details about World War II life from Seneca.
Two bids have already been received for a Catalpa St. property in Marseilles. 
It’s taken 12 years to get to this point, but it looks like a company is finally ready to start building a new hydroelectric power plant in Marseilles.
Electricity prices are going up. Ottawa City Hall just negotiated a rate of six cents per kilowatt per hour for residential customers in the bulk buying program effective this June.
Illinois Treasurer, Michael Frerichs, is hosting a roundtable meeting Monday, February 8, from 1:30-2:30PM at the LaSalle County Farm Bureau on Columbus St. in Ottawa. 
A school in northern LaSalle County was locked down for about an hour Thursday while deputies looked for a man thought to be suicidal and threatening to harm others.
A tall, thin, white man held up the Peru Federal Savings Bank on Shooting Park Rd. yesterday afternoon at about 3:30pm.
Beverly Malooley, the Small Business Development Center’s director, says the business owners buy a membership and show up to use office space, sort of the way gym members show up to use exercise equipment.
After six months of effort by The Middle East Tribute Committee, Marseilles’ Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall has finally gained national recognition.
St. Rep. Andy Skoog announced this week that he is sponsoring legislation to benefit members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families. t,
Jerry Long proposes a Veterans Mentor Program to help recently discharged military members adjust to civilian life.
One of this year’s Ottawa Township High School Hall of Fame inductees is Florida Doctor, Richard (Rick) Honer. 
A new statewide unfunded mandate for school bus liability is causing frustration for Ottawa Grade School Board members. 
Tangled Roots, the new brew pub in downtown Ottawa may have already hired 85 people, but applications are still being accepted to fill a variety of positions. 
Illinois American Water is now taking applications for its 2016 Environmental Grant Program.
Due to recent events in Flint Michigan, some Americans in other states may be facing concerns about the quality of their own water systems. 
The Illinois Make-A-Wish Foundation announced this week that Heritage Harbor’s annual Penguin Plunge event met its fundraising goal this year, and then some. 
One of this year’s Ottawa Township High School Hall of Fame inductees is Ottawa’s very own mayor, Bob Eschbach. 
St. Sen. Tim Bivins says the key to turning Illinois around is promoting the kind of economic climate that encourages job creation and growth. 
Republican State Representative, John Anthony, has announced his endorsement for the upcoming March primary election. 
Water conditions in Flint Michigan are still disastrous for residents, so the Ottawa Elks Lodge is offering its help. 
Ottawa's Ice Odyssey is tentatively planned for Feb. 6th
The Starved Rock Cycling Association wants to partner with the city of Marseilles to promote bicycle safety.
Some Marseilles residents whose houses were damaged in a hail storm this past summer still haven’t put their house numbers back up, even though their new siding has already been installed. 
Parking will soon be banned on Cole St. in Marseilles. 
There hasn’t been an increase in Marseilles residents’ sewage bills for around eight years, but City Commissioner, Jim Buckingham, says that’s changing next month.
International health policy and program expert, Dr. Nancy Rabenstein Pielemeier is one of this year’s Ottawa Township High School Hall of Fame Inductees. 
The proposed STEM labs for Shepherd and Central Intermediate schools will cost around half a million dollars to complete. 
The LaSalle County Board unanimously approved a bid to replace the water cooling tower at the downtown courthouse on Madison St. last week.
The Streator Fire Dept. is asking citizens to be on their guard in the wake of recent events. 
Illinois Valley Federation of Labor president, Dan Mercer, says that the organization will be hosting a Labor Summit on Saturday, January 30th.
 
Illinois Valley Community College has announced that it will end its relationship with the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the end of this year. 
Tammy Barrie with Heritage Harbor says if you didn’t get a chance to donate to the penguin plunge event before last Saturday, there’s still time. 
Several areas in the State of Illinois are experiencing teacher shortages, and LaSalle County is no exception. 
A U.S. Geological Survey water report in LaSalle County has been put on hold for now. 
The Housing Authority of LaSalle County is offering eighteen 3-4 bedroom single family homes for sale. 
 
 
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