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New drone owners urged to learn the rules of the air

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Transportation wants people who found brand new drones under the tree on Christmas morning that their new toys come with state and federal regulations that have to be followed. The transportation department started reaching out the day after ...Read more

Free New Years Morning Hike at Dayton Bluffs

OTTAWA – Free guided hikes are coming to an area preserve in 2019. Dayton Bluffs Preserves in Ottawa will have their New Year’s Day hike on Tuesday hosted by “Friends of the Dayton Bluffs”, a group that contributes to restoring areas of the preserves. Volunteer Coordinator ...Read more

LED speeding signs coming to Dalzell

DALZELL – LED speed limit signs will be installed in Dalzell beginning this week. According to Dalzell Police Chief Mark Manicki after receiving complaints of speeding, he purchased LED speed signs to try and get drivers to be more aware of their driving. Oak and Luce streets will be the ...Read more

Judge won’t dismiss charges in decades-old murder

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge won’t dismiss murder charges against a man who says police intentionally gave prosecutors the wrong gun to send him to prison for more than two decades. Patrick Pursley is scheduled for another trial Jan. 10. Pursley won a new trial last year after ...Read more

Over 250 new laws for Illinois

SPRINGFIELD _ Illinois lawmakers completed the state’s 100th General Assembly in its bicentennial year, and will ring in 2019 with 253 new laws on the books. The youngest children in cars will be required to ride in rear-facing seats, blaze pink will be acceptable for hunters’ ...Read more