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Leland Teacher Wins State History Award

LELAND – A teacher with Leland school has been selected to receive an honor for his contributions in the classroom. History teacher Jim Spring was chosen as the Illinois state winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Teacher of American History award. He will get the ...Read more

Ottawa Marijuana Retailer to Expand Hours

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois recreational marijuana sales continues to grow. Legal sales began Wednesday, with customers spending about $3.2 million on the first day. State officials report a little over $10.8 million in cannabis sales over five days. The Ottawa retailer, who at times has had long ...Read more

One dead after rural DeKalb county crash

SOMONAUK – A Florida man is dead after a single vehicle crash in southern DeKalb county. According to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, 26-year-old Dylan Wesolowski of Oswego was traveling north on Somonauk Road just south of Pratt Road between Sandwich and Somonauk when for unknown ...Read more

New Mendota firefighter sworn in

MENDOTA – A new member of the Mendota fire department was added Monday night to help with a staffing shortage. New firefighter Dalton Huftel was sworn in as a full time firefighter/paramedic. Following the oath, his grandfather received the honor of pinning on his badge. ...Read more

Director of Parks and Rec to be hired in Peru

PERU – Peru City Council approved two authorizations to hire at Monday night’s meeting. As well as filling a Utility Billing position, the council approved to hire the candidate for the newly created Director of Parks, Recreation, and Special Events position. The person to fill the latter ...Read more

Chicago-area U.S. soldier killed in attack in Kenya

HAZEL CREST, Ill. (AP) — A U.S. solider from the Chicago area was among three people killed in an attack on a military base in Kenya. The family of Henry Mayfield Jr. of Hazel Crest confirmed his death Monday. The 23-year-old held the rank of Army Specialist.  Mayfield’s mother says she ...Read more