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Cause of Friday Tonica Fire Being Investigated

TONICA – The cause of the Friday garage fire in Tonica is still under investigation.    After 9 p.m. a call was received of a fire in the 500 block of South First Street that destroyed the structure and damage the adjacent home.  Chief Stremlau of the Tonica Fire Department is asking ...Read more

Aurora Man Arrested on Burglary Charges

MENDOTA – An Aurora man was arrested and charged with burglary and theft after the Mendota Police began asking the public for help on social media. Beginning on Friday multiple residents along Burlington Street in the 1000 and 1100 blocks reported vehicles being entered and garages with items ...Read more

Vehicle and Garage Burglaries Over Weekend

MENDOTA- The Mendota Police are advising residents to lock their vehicles and garages after a number of burglaries over the weekend. Since Friday a number of vehicle and garage thefts have occurred along Burlington Street from the 1000 block to the 1100 block and along Michigan and Wisconsin Ave. ...Read more

Fire Destroys Garage in Tonica

TONICA – A garage is destroyed and a home sustained some damage after a fire in Tonica Friday night.   After 9 p.m. a call was received of a fire in the 500 block of South First Street.  Oglesby, Standard, and Utica departments assisted the Tonica Fire Department with mutual aid.  The ...Read more

Several Burglaries in Southern DeKalb County

DEKALB –  Police are telling people to be on the lookout for out of the ordinary behavior after several burglaries were reported in southern DeKalb County.  The DeKalb County Sheriff’s office says several outbuildings were burglarized in the area of Chicago Road between Shabbona and ...Read more

Hit & Run on Route 18 Wednesday

LOSTANT – One car ended up in a field and another was damaged in a collision with a hit and run driver Wednesday in southern LaSalle County.  According to the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office before 7 p.m. on Illinois Route 18 southwest of Lostant a Rochelle woman was traveling east ...Read more

Illinois Unemployment Rate Lowest in Decade

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced today that the unemployment rate held steady at around 4 percent in June and nonfarm payrolls increased by over 18,000 jobs over-the-month, based on data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. LaSalle, Putnam and Grundy ...Read more

Man Arrested After Ottawa SUV Theft

OTTAWA – An Indiana man has been connected to an SUV theft in Ottawa. According to Ottawa detectives and the LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office, 54-year-old Jeffrey Allen Vlietsra of Chesterton is charged for the May 3rd burglary at the Bill Walsh Toyota dealership. ...Read more

Lisa Lynch Appointed New CFO at IVCH

PERU –  Lisa Lynch is the new chief financial officer at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.  A resident of Peru and an IVCH employee since 1999, Lynch held the positions of controller, Six Sigma Black Belt, director of organizational effectiveness and assistant vice president for ...Read more

Streator Man Arrested on Firearm Charge

STREATOR – One man has been arrested after a report of shots fired last week in Streator. According to Streator Police Chief Kurt Pastirik, officers located several shell casings and a live round reportedly found in the 900 block of Hall Street on July 24th. After an investigation ...Read more