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Two honored by OSF

   OTTAWA – A Registered Nurse (RN) and a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) were two recent recipients of the DAISY and Sunflower Awards offered by OSF HealthCare. Both caregivers were honored with brief ceremonies held this month. Brett Gibson, BSN, RN, of Sheffield, received the ...Read more

18 New Covid Deaths in Illinois on Friday

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Health says 18 people died in the past 24 hours from the Coronavirus.  That’s the lowest death toll for a Friday since March 27th, when 8 Illinoisans died from the virus.  Also on Friday, 868 people tested positive, one fewer than the day ...Read more

Ottawa men facing heroin charges

  OTTAWA – The Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team have arrested two Ottawa men on charges related to an ongoing investigation of heroin sales.  They say on June 25th 34-year-old Shaun D. McCague and 24-year-old James M. Casey-Wiggins were taken into custody.  TRIDENT alleges ...Read more

Leland 4th of July parade still on

LELAND – An all vehicle parade will be a part of how Leland celebrates Independence Day.   American Legion Post 570 announced that the parade will be at 9:30 AM on July 4th.  They say participants may enter a car, truck, golf cart, motorcycle, float, or other vehicles.  If you are ...Read more

Another COVID-19 case in Lee County

DIXON – The Lee County Health Department reported that another individual has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the 98th confirmed case in the county. 93 cases have recovered in Lee County, with one death overall since the start of the pandemic. ...Read more