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3/27/2013 5:59:00 AM
La Salle acquires downtown parking lot

Matthew Baker
Staff Writer


The city council approved a $132,000 purchase of a former bank parking lot at Second and Marquette streets.

Alderman Tom Ptak said the lot is something “downtown La Salle needs for future parking.”

Peru Federal Bank, which currently controls the lot, was selected among local banks to provide the city a 15-year fixed rate loan at 3 percent for the purchase.

Alderman John Duncan said the city will likely tear down the former bank drive-through structure on the site.

Javier Casas of El Amigo Grill in La Salle requested closing Eighth Street between Tonti and Crosat streets from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 for a Cinco de Mayo block party. Casas said he hopes to find a way to include in the party a fundraising activity for La Salle Elementary School District and possibly other local non-profit organizations.

The council approved his request.

Separately, the council approved closing Second Street between Bucklin and Joliet streets from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 for the annual Cruisin’ La Salle Car Show. The event raises money for La Salle Little League and girls softball.

In other business, the council:

* proclaimed April as child abuse prevention month. Speaking to the council, Nan Butler, development director of Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley, said “child abuse is at an epidemic level now in the Illinois Valley.”

* approved a request by Phil Sterba, advisor of Excalibur DeMolay chapter in Peru, to allow his youth group to hold a fundraiser from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in which they will collect eggs from residents door-to-door that can be bought back for a dollar and smashed over the children’s heads

 Matthew Baker can be reached at (815) 220-6933, or

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

The mayor and council are spanding money with child like abbandon. The city buys a pakkig lot, the city contracts for the cost of wierless speakers, the city has ten squads and has a full time off. ass. to interstate drug enforcement, the city study's need for more wells as water shortages loom.
Some one, any one please explain where all this money is coming from.
When the city buys a piece of property does the city pay realestate taxes on it? Are those revenues lost forever

Right now the city of La Salle is the largest land owner in the city. Think about that. The city of La Salle controls about ten percent or mor of downtown La Salle.
Some one, any one, run against Jeff, Recall him. Please!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: MotherEarthSpeaks

WOW--did not know how much a parking lot is worth these days...and one that will require future demolition.
La Salle is appreciating in value for everyone like this?
Would love to see the financials in these NT articles: ownership, attorneys, profit to individuals and corporations etc.
Open-book government with full transparency would be advantageous to outside investors and the taxpayers.
Now just WHO is getting eggs smashed on their heads???
Yes, many are reading these articles!

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