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Field fire burns near Lostant

LA SALLE COUNTY — Numerous fire departments were called out to a field fire Monday afternoon near Lostant. Seven fire departments were called in to assist in putting out the flames around 3 PM yesterday. Lostant fire officials say a combine operator called in the fire, which was under ...Read more

Mendota Fire delivers baby at apartment

MENDOTA — A baby boy was delivered in an apartment on early Saturday morning in Mendota by firefighters. Mendota Fire says they were called out to an apartment complex after a seven month pregnant woman called having labor like pains. Upon arrival, fire and paramedics determined that the ...Read more

Illinois video gaming has generated about $785M

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Data from industry experts and the state of Illinois show video gaming has generated about $785 million in state and local tax revenue since the machines were legalized four years ago. Reports say that the number of establishments in Illinois that allow the machines has ...Read more

RSS Country Music News

  • Pilgrimage Music Festival: Year Two Wraps With Timeless Pop and Americana
    Hall & Oates showed the power of timeless pop as they closed the second annual Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival on Sunday (Sept. 25) in Franklin, Tennessee. As they kicked into their 1981 smash “You Make My Dreams Come True,” everywhere on the lawn people started dancing like no one was watching. They also entertained... […]
  • Cam Marries Adam Weaver in California
    Over the weekend, Cam and Adam Weaver were married in Joshua Tree, California. According to People magazine, Saturday’s (Sept. 24) ceremony was intimate, with about 140 guests and a Mexican-inspired theme. When I talked to Cam this summer at the CMT Music Awards, she told me that when she was growing up in California, both... […]
  • Jake Owen: “It’s in My Blood”
    It’s not that tough to picture a 24-year-old Jake Owen signing his very first major label record deal. Because now, 11 years later, he still has such a young vibe about him. However, in an Instagram message posted Sunday (Sept. 25), Owen had the wisdom of a man twice his age when he talked about... […]
  • Blake Shelton: Four Years Later
    In the September issue of industry publication Country Aircheck, there is a special section devoted to looking back at a decade of some of the best interviews the magazine has done. Like the one from December 2012 with Blake Shelton. “More than anything I worry about losing my spot in country music because that is... […]
  • Grand Ole Opry Star Jean Shepard Dead at Age 82
    Grand Ole Opry star Jean Shepard, a fierce practitioner and defender of traditional country music, died Sunday (Sept. 25) in Nashville at the age of 82. The Country Music Hall of Fame member had been in ill health for the past several months. Born Ollie Imogene Shepard in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, on Nov. 21, 1933,... […]