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Additional charges filed in death of state trooper

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — Reckless homicide charges have been filed against the driver of a commercial vehicle that struck and killed an Illinois state trooper. Craig W. Dittmar was allegedly driving the semitrailer that slammed into Trooper Brooke Jones-Story on March 28 while she inspected ...Read more

LaSalle County Auditors suspended without pay

OTTAWA – LaSalle County Board chairman Jim Olson announced at a Thursday meeting that two deputy auditors will be suspended and no longer paid for 30 days. LaSalle County Auditor Jody Wilkinson was indicted on eight counts of felony Official Misconduct in November of 2018 after she allegedly ...Read more

Shabbona man dies after tree collapses on him

SHABBONA – A Shabbona man was killed while working in a field Tuesday. According to the Dekalb County Coroner’s Office, the man was identified as 72-year-old Larry J. Barshinger. Authorities say Barshinger was working in a field, clearing trees in rural Shabbona, when one reportedly ...Read more

Robbery Suspect Sought in Mendota

MENDOTA- Mendota Police are on the lookout for a man they say struck a woman and took her purse.  Authorities are calling it a Strong-Arm Robbery on Wednesday that took place at a gas station near I-39.   The suspect, shown in a security still released Thursday, allegedly approached the victim ...Read more

Starved Rock Parking Fee Bill Fails By One Vote

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Sue Rezin’s legislation that would allow the Department of Natural Resources to charge a minimal parking fee at Starved Rock failed to pass the full Senate on Wednesday. Senate Bill 1310 needed 30 “yes” votes to pass, but fell short by one vote. Sen. Rezin ...Read more