CURRENT NEWS AND NOTICES
Streator Industrial Development, Inc. (IDI)
Press Release March 9, 2015
Mayor Jimmie Lansford, on behalf of the Streator City Council, and Everett Solon, chairman of the Streator Industrial Development, Inc. (IDI), today announced a new partnership to benefit the economic development of the city. The city proposes to accept the State of Illinois’ offer to take ownership of the soon-to-be-decommissioned Streator Armory, and to then convert it into a small business incubator.
In making the announcement, Mayor Lansford said, “There are many entrepreneurs in the Streator area who may need a place to expand their business or develop their new product ideas. A business incubator is a place where such start-ups can go when they are ready to leave someone’s basement or garage, and take this critical next step in the growth of their new business with minimal overhead.” By co-locating several small businesses and start-ups, incubators allow the sharing of overhead and building space costs. “If someone needs quarters for a new web-based business,” the mayor added, “or needs space for simple assembly or repackaging, or access to a commercial kitchen, or garage space for a new car detailing business or for installing custom auto products, or if someone just needs a better business address than their personal residence, then we would like to hear from them, because the Streator Incubator may be just what they need to be successful.”
The city of Streator will bring the building and land to the project, and lease the property to Streator Incubator, LLC for a dollar ($1) a year. The Streator IDI will bring $65,000 in start-up capital to the project. Although the city and the IDI have spent almost two months developing an organizational structure for this project, much work remains to be done. It will take the State several months to complete a transfer of the property, and the IDI’s investment represents about one-half of the start-up capital required—so the IDI is looking for additional investors who want to join them in making this venture a success. Until the new Streator Incubator, LLC, is formed and able to assume marketing and management responsibilities, the city and the IDI will also be looking for small and new start-up businesses that believe their enterprises could be enhanced by locating in the facility. Under the arrangement devised by the city and the IDI, the new entity will also be empowered to remodel the facility to fit the needs of tenants, and manage/coordinate other groups wanting to rent the building. Persons interested in renting space in the Streator Incubator after its transfer by the State, and persons wanting to learn more about this local investment opportunity, should contact Jack Dzuris at the Streator Chamber of Commerce, at (815) 672-2921.
“Streator has nurtured many innovators and creative business persons through the years,” Everett Solon said today, “and we can do so again.” He added that, “with Streator Incubator, LLC, we may also keep more of these entrepreneurs and visionaries in Streator. So the Streator IDI is pleased to provide seed capital to launch this project and make the plan a reality. We hope more investment partners will come forward to help us make productive use of this historic and iconic Streator structure, and nurture local entrepreneurs”
Operation Clean Sweep Press Release
On October 27th 2014 the Streator Police Department, with assistance from the LaSalle County Sheriff's Office, Illinois State Police (District 17) and Illinois Department of Corrections Sex Offender Parole Division, conducted Operation Clean Sweep.
The purpose of the operation was: to complete a physical address check on all registered sex offenders and violent offenders in the Streator area, to check for violations of the sex offender and violent offender registration act, and violations of the Adam Walsh Child Safety Act.
The operation resulted in the opening of several cases for: failure to register change of address, failure to register employment, and a violation of the Adam Walsh Child Safety Act. Once the case investigations are completed for the violations of the sex offender registration act they will be sent to the LaSalle County State's Attorney's Office for review of charges. The case for the violation of the Adam Walsh Child Safety Act will be sent to the U.S. Marshals Office for review of possible federal charges upon its completion.
The Streator Police Department wants the public to know that it has increased its efforts to protect our citizens from sex offenders and violent offenders. The department implemented the Offender Watch Registration Program. This program helps our department and the public in tracking our offenders. The program has a public e-mail notification system feature that allows members of the public know when offenders move into the area, a public mapping system for locating offender’s addresses, and e-mail notification system where members of the public can submit information about sex offenders to our department.
This year the department continued our commitment to the community’s safety by increasing our annual physical address checks to at least 2 times per year. The State of Illinois only requires 1 physical address check per year. The department also started a Community Safety Campaign for Halloween through the Offender Watch System Program. The department partnered with local schools, and large day care providers to send a safety tip flyer home with the children during the week of Halloween. The flyer also included information on how to access the public web page of our department’s Offender Watch site, information on how to locate or map offenders, and information on how to sign up for e-mail notifications.
The department is requesting the public’s assistance in the tracking and monitoring of our department’s sex offenders and violent offenders by signing up for community e-mail alert system and submitting any tips that they might have about the offenders to our department. You can access the site by going to http://www.ci.streator.il.us/police-department.php and clicking on the link, or it can be accessed from our department’s Face Book page.
Kurt A. Pastirik
Chief of Police
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Available City Owned Vacant Properties For Sale
|210 Cottage Street
|1416 N. Sterling Street
|Frech Street (Corner of Frech & Burns
|1005 Painter Street
|315 S. Park Street