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Safety a priority at annual Bike Rodeo

MENDOTA- The parking lot of the Mendota Civic Center was filled with families on bicycles on Saturday as they participated in the annual Bike Rodeo with the Mendota Police Department.   A cone course was laid out with various traffic signs cyclists would encounter in the community.   ...Read more

Crest expected to recede in Peru

PERU – Water is expected to recede in parts of Peru after the crest of the Illinois River, Friday. According to Mayor Scott Harl, as of 9:00 a.m. this morning, the crest was at 32 feet, and is expected to recede. Harl says constructing a wall to protect the water treatment plant cost the ...Read more

State Representative arrested for DUI

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police have arrested state Rep. Steven Reick on charges that include driving under the influence of alcohol. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that records show the Woodstock Republican was arrested Wednesday. Reick issued a statement ...Read more

Water Street Wet, But River Remains Below Record

PERU – Businesses along Water Street in Peru have had to prepare for many floods over the last dozen years, and they knew what to expect as the Illinois River crested early Friday morning. The city of Peru was also keeping a watchful eye on utilities as well. Peru Fire Chief Jeff King said ...Read more

Starved Rock Flooded, Utica Mostly Spared

UTICA – A voluntary evacuation yesterday in parts of the village of Utica ahead of the crest of the Illinois River had few seeking higher ground, this as the river rose to what may end up being the fourth major flood in a dozen years. The river rose to 14 foot above flood stage, coming ...Read more

Health Concerns as Floodwaters Recede

OTTAWA – The Illinois River has crested in most areas across North Central Illinois, and damage has been kept to a minimum in part due to recent floods in 2018 and the all time record flooding in 2013, where waters were nearly three foot higher than today. Health departments are warning ...Read more

Sandbags available in Pontiac

PONTIAC – The Vermillion River has continued to rise over the past several days. At 2:45 p.m. this afternoon the level was 17.14 feet. According to Pontiac’s Police Department, even though at the present time the date suggests that a crest is near, residents of flood plain areas are ...Read more