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Man pleads guilty to fire that killed 2 brothers

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A man who told police he was upset that a landlord didn’t return his security deposit has pleaded guilty to setting a fire that killed two boys in Illinois. Alex Sawyer will be sentenced to 20 years to 30 years in prison after his guilty plea Thursday. A fire in ...Read more

Ottawa YMCA to build rec center on riverfront

OTTAWA – The Ottawa YMCA will be purchasing property on the Illinois River front. The city of Ottawa accepted the sole bidder of the former Central School Track for only a dollar. Director of Economic Development Reed Wilson, says the city is supporting the YMCA’s plans to construct a ...Read more

Princeton council race tied

PRINCETON, Ill. (AP) — Absentee ballots could break a tie in a race for city council in Princeton. Robin Swift and Jerry Neumann each emerged Tuesday with 771 votes in Princeton. Swift said she wanted to concede the race to Neumann, the incumbent, and run again in the future. But the Bureau ...Read more

Teenager is not long-missing Timmothy Pitzen

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities have rejected a teenager’s claim that he is an Illinois boy who disappeared in 2011 at age 6. The FBI says DNA testing ruled out the teenager as being Timmothy Pitzen, missing from Aurora, Illinois. Police say the story of the teenager found wandering ...Read more

Peru Police K9 Receives Body Armor

PERU – The Peru K9 Officer now is equipped with armor thanks to a donation from a charity. On Thursday Peru Police announced that Vested Interest have delivered to Saxon his new protective vest. The vest, valued at $950.00, is embroidered with the phrase “Born to Love-Trained to ...Read more