Author Archives: Jacob Steinberg

LaSalle preparing grant application for Rotary Park work

The City of LaSalle unveiled plans to apply for a state grant to expand Rotary Park. The city is planning to connect the park with nearby Prarie Lake by way of a mile-long pathway. The grant is for specific purposes, as Economic Development Director Katherine Koyak explains: The plan was met with a positive reception…Read more »

LaSalle aldermen lash out at garbage hauler

The LaSalle City Council grilled Republic Services representative Jim Pozzi about the city’s slow garbage pickup service. Alderman Diz Demes says the company is the worst he has dealt with in his time as an alderman: Alderman Jim Bacidore was critical of the company’s refusal to dispose of mattresses that were not wrapped in plastic:…Read more »

Peru preparing for legal pot

The process of marijuana legalization has begun in the City of Peru. The City Council voted to amend the tobacco products ordinance to help create space for the number of pot dispensary licenses being made available. The ordinance sets the distance the businesses must be from areas such as schools, nursing homes, and churches. City…Read more »

Attorney questions Peru building sale plan

The City of Peru is requesting more information regarding the sale of a downtown property. Local attorney Julie Ajster objected to the plan. Ajster claims that Economic Development Coordinator Bob Vickrey has a conflict of interest with First State Bank, whom the city bought the building from out of foreclosure. Ajster is unsure if Vickrey…Read more »

Part of Peru’s Second St. to be redone in brick

One of Peru’s oldest roads will be getting a new look. Alderman Dave Waldorf announced at the city council meeting last night that a brick road on Second St. will be getting redone. The road consists of a three block stretch between Fulton and Peoria street. Waldorf says the city can only redo the road…Read more »

LaSalle alderman wants to increase fine for empty buildings

The City of LaSalle is planning to increase fines for vacant building owners without improvement plans to $2500. Alderman Jerry Reynolds announced that the plan will be heard in front of the Building Codes committee. The meeting will be held in two weeks before the next city council meeting. The current per month fine rate…Read more »

Peru Mall TIF approved

The Peru Mall TIF plan is now a reality. The City Council approved a Tax Increment Finance district surrounding the 45-year-old mall at last night’s meeting. Attorney Mary Riordan, representing mall owner GK Developments, says that all business options are on the table: In addition to retail, Riordan says other potential developments include refurbished theaters…Read more »

IVCH Foundation awards scholarships

Two women are heading back to school in the fall with scholarships. Emma Barrie of Oglesby and Mary Jauch of Peru are both getting scholarships from the Illinois Valley Community Hospital Foundation. Barrie recently graduated from LaSalle Peru High School and was awarded the Brian L. Lamps Scholarship. She plans to study physical therapy at…Read more »