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Governor promises fixes to child welfare agency

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’s child welfare agency has reviewed 1,100 of its ongoing abuse and neglect cases as part of a stepped-up effort to right a department that’s facing criticism for failing to prevent the deaths of three children under its watch since January, the ...Read more

Spring Valley to trial part time firefighter

SPRING VALLEY – Agreements were made between Spring Valley and their fire department on financing a part time firefighter. After much deliberation, the city agreed to help support the employment of a certified day time firefighter for one year to try and resolve the department’s issue of ...Read more

Over 40,000 pounds of honey spilled on I-80/94

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A semi-trailer hauling honey overturned on a northwestern Indiana highway, spilling some of the sticky substance and restricting travel for hours. State police say the truck was hauling about 41,000 pounds of amber honey along Interstate 80/94 through Hammond when the ...Read more

Police Dog Diagnosed With Leukemia to Retire

NORMAL – A police dog with nearly seven years on the Normal Police Department has had to retire after a diagnosis of leukemia. The Normal Police Department announced the news on social media that K-9 Barrett was found to have chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Officer Barrett has taken part in ...Read more