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Grant Money Brings More Children to Mendota Library

MENDOTA – Emily Kofoid, director of the Graves-Hume public library in Mendota spoke at the District 289 School Board meeting Thursday to talk about how a grant facilitated students outside of the city limits of Mendota to get library cards.  The grant enabled 102 library cards to be issued ...Read more

Utica Pork Fest Continues Sunday

UTICA – The weekend gathering at Carey Memorial Park in Utica to celebrate pork continues as Pork Fest rolls into its second day. Sunday festivities kick off at noon with a performance by Ottawa Dance Academy and the band Free Range Chickens starting at 3 PM. The kids zone will be in action ...Read more

No Injuries After Train Strikes Truck in Ottawa

OTTAWA – No injuries were reported after a driver allegedly drove around down gates at a railroad crossing in Ottawa. On Saturday authorities were called to the crossing at N2871st Road where they found a truck had been hit by the train. The driver reportedly stated that they had waited ...Read more

Chicago police recover 60 guns during raid on home

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officials say they were acting on intelligence when they seized more than 60 guns from a home on the city’s West Side. Police Lt. Jeff Schaaf says Friday that officers served a search warrant late Thursday at the home in the Lawndale neighborhood. He said ...Read more

Spring Valley Couple Die After Putnam County Crash

SPRING VALLEY – A Spring Valley couple has died after a crash Friday in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sheriff’s office say that 62-year-old Laurence E. Sieg was turning north on to Illinois 89 from North 1250th Road when his vehicle was struck on the drivers side by a 17-year-old ...Read more

Cars Burglarized in Streator

STREATOR- Two vehicles were reported burglarized Friday morning in Streator.    Streator Police say that the incidents happened in the 500 block of Coal Street and the 500 block of South Monroe Street.   Both victims say their vehicles were entered and items were taken, including change and a ...Read more

Minute Breakers Classic This Weekend

MENDOTA- The sound of remote control boats will fill the air this weekend as the Minute Breakers Classic returns to Lake Mendota.  Mike Zaborowski came from Wisconsin to compete in the event, which will see the small nitro-methane powered boats reach speeds up to 90 MPH.   This is the 19th year ...Read more