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New bill seeks to regulate marijuana like alcohol

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon, seeks to regulate marijuana like alcohol. The bill introduced Wednesday would take marijuana off the federal controlled substances list and establish a nationally regulated industry overseen by the ...Read more

Streator Resident Victim of Phony Check Scam

STREATOR – A Streator resident fell victim to a phony check scam this past week according to the Streator Police Department. Wednesday a resident told police that they had received a check in the mail with a request to cash it and return to the sender gift cards. The victim did so, however, ...Read more

Aurora to honor 3 firefighters killed in 1934 fire

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The Aurora fire department will honor the lives of three firefighters who died fighting a fire at a Woolworth store 85 years ago.  Thirty-seven-year-old Capt. Herbert Reiss, 48-year-old Capt. John Petersohn and 35-year-old firefighter Charles Hoffman died when an exterior ...Read more

Late Deer Season to Combat CWD in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – A late winter antler-less only deer season will kick off next week in parts of Illinois. The Department of Natural Resources has opened up another weekend to help combat Chronic Wasting Disease in the deer population. Area counties that will have permits available include ...Read more

Streator Fire Presents Plans for 2019 and Beyond

STREATOR – Streator’s Fire Chief Gary Bird presented his annual strategic plan at a city of a whole meeting on Tuesday. This year, goals for the fire department consisted of various risk reduction programs like fall prevention, a program that would provide house inspections to help at ...Read more

New Illinois Assembly Sworn In

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Sue Rezin (pictured) and State Representative Lance Yednock were sworn into office Wednesday at the Statehouse during the Illinois Senate Inauguration. Rezin, a Republican will begin her third term in the 38th District after winning 60 percent of votes against ...Read more

Rural Lee County Electrical Fire Wednesday Night

ASHTON – Damage was kept to a minimum Wednesday night north of West Brooklyn after a resident noticed smoke in their home   Owner Bob Cheeseman said the home, located in the 1500 block of Brooklyn Road in Ashton had electric ceiling radiant heat, and apparently one of the panels shorted ...Read more