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Safety a priority at annual Bike Rodeo

MENDOTA- The parking lot of the Mendota Civic Center was filled with families on bicycles on Saturday as they participated in the annual Bike Rodeo with the Mendota Police Department.   A cone course was laid out with various traffic signs cyclists would encounter in the community.   ...Read more

4 injured in explosion at Illinois silicone plant

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — An overnight explosion and fire at a plant in Illinois has injured four people. Waukegan Fire Marshal Steven Lenzi says the explosion happened around 9:30 p.m. Friday at AB Specialty Silicones plant in the community 50 miles north of Chicago. Four workers were taken to ...Read more

Governor OKs first steps on blocking Asian carp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is willing to take initial steps toward fortifying a lock-and-dam system on a Chicago-area waterway so it can protect Lake Michigan from invasive Asian carp. Pritzker, a Democrat, told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a letter ...Read more

City of Chicago sued over vehicle impound policy

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s vehicle impound policies are being challenged in a class-action lawsuit. Attorneys for the Institute for Justice claim in a lawsuit Tuesday the city is holding vehicles ransom until the owners pay fines that have accumulated, even though a final judgment ...Read more

Crest expected to recede in Peru

PERU – Water is expected to recede in parts of Peru after the crest of the Illinois River, Friday. According to Mayor Scott Harl, as of 9:00 a.m. this morning, the crest was at 32 feet, and is expected to recede. Harl says constructing a wall to protect the water treatment plant cost the ...Read more