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Telephone scam in the Dekalb County area

DEKALB – The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office warns of a scam that purports to be the caller I.D. of the Public Defender’s Office. According to authorities, the scammer asks citizens to call from an additional number. When that number is called, an automatic voice mail system allegedly ...Read more

Illinois State Trooper Dies After Head On Crash

DOWNERS GROVE – Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan F. Kelly announced Saturday that another State Trooper has died, the second in 48 hours.  ISP District 15 Trooper Gerald Ellis was traveling on I-94 around 3:30 Saturday morning when a wrong way driver allegedly struck his ...Read more

Illinois libraries face budget challenges

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Budget concerns at libraries across Illinois are causing a variety of issues, including delayed building projects and cuts in staff, hours and new book purchases, officials say. The Rock Island Public Library has seen city funding frozen for the past five years, despite ...Read more

Memorial Wall Coming to Paw Paw School

PAW PAW – A memorial wall is being established at the entrance of Paw Paw High School. The wall is for families to remember loved ones who have attended Paw Paw School and for individuals who have an attachment to the schools and want to leave a lasting legacy. Paw prints that will display ...Read more

Local Unemployment Drops

OTTAWA – Local unemployment rates have decreased since last month. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, LaSalle County is seeing rates to those of December’s at 7.2 percent, over a percent decrease compared to last month. Putnam County’s rates have also ...Read more

State trooper hit by truck, killed in Freeport

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois State Police trooper was killed Thursday when she was struck by a truck during a traffic stop, the second trooper to die that way this year. Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was killed in the crash that occurred on Route 20 near Route 75 in Freeport, state police ...Read more