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Motorcycle Club Denied

PERU – A motorcycle club was denied special use of a property at a hearing, Wednesday. The city of Peru denied the text amendment for “Brothers of Darkness”, a 19-member motorcycle club usage of a property located at 1024 Center Street. Head member and property owner, Robert ...Read more

Puppy Dies from Pitbull Attack

LASALLE – A puppy was killed after a neighbor’s pitbulls got loose in LaSalle. Officers arrived to the area and learned one of two pitbulls attacked a 4-month-old puppy in the 600 block of 6th street. The owner of the victim-dog sought medical attention, however died from its ...Read more

Oglesby Backs out of Multi-Jurisdictional Location

OGLESBY – The city of Oglesby has announced its intention to withdraw from the shared police services proposal. In a letter to the Mayors of Peru and LaSalle, Mayor Donald Finley notified that the city of Oglesby will withdraw from participation in the multi-jurisdictional law enforcement ...Read more

Two in Custody After Streator Burglary Last Week

STREATOR – Two men are in custody after an investigation into a burglary last week at a business in Streator. According to the Streator Police Department, in the early morning hours of July 24th it was discovered that a gas station in the 600 block of Main Street had been entered and ...Read more

One Way Streets; Stop Signs for Northwest

LASALLE – LaSalle’s City council is recommending new traffic control devices for an Elementary school.  In a meeting Monday, the streets, alley and traffic committee, recommended traffic regulations near NorthWest Elementary School. School Board officials say they’re concerned ...Read more

IVCC Foundation President Re-Elected

OGLESBY – The Illinois Valley Community College Foundation recently re-elected Dr. Susan Schmitt of Streator as president and Dr. Kim Novak of Grand Ridge as vice president. Both veterinarians started their college careers at IVCC. In addition, Donna Swiskoski of Peru was re-elected ...Read more

Man Critical After Being Ran Over by Train

STREATOR – A Streator man is in critical condition after being run over by a train. The LaSalle County Sherriff’s Office identied the victim as 48-year-old Larry L. Rizzo. The incident occured Monday, near Frech Street on tracks owned by Norfolk Southern Railroad. The train engineer told ...Read more

LaSalle, Peru Oglesby to Vote on Service Location

PERU – A shared location for Lasalle, Peru and Oglesby police was decided on in a  committee meeting, Tuesday. The tri-cities plan to build a station where all 3 police departments will work out of.  Four locations were once proposed as possible stations and today the committee made a ...Read more

Reported Theft of Cash at St Michaels

STREATOR – An apparent theft of a large amount of cash was reported to the Streator Police Department Monday from St. Michael’s church.   A complaint was taken that sometime between Sunday and Monday money was taken by an unknown suspect or suspects. The incident remains under ...Read more

Gas Main Rupture in Ottawa

OTTAWA – Workers doing construction around the Ottawa I&M Canal rewatering project  struck a large gas main Tuesday morning forcing an evacuation of a motel and several area businesses.    Around 8:00 a.m. the large main was ruptured near the Canal and LaSalle Street and emergency ...Read more