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County unemployment rates on the rise

OTTAWA – While State unemployment rates remained fairly steady the past few months, county unemployment rates continue to increase according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Currently unemployment statewide is at 4.1 percent, just a tenth of a percent decrease compared to ...Read more

Free New Years Morning Hike at Dayton Bluffs

OTTAWA – Free guided hikes are coming to an area preserve in 2019. Dayton Bluffs Preserves in Ottawa will have their New Year’s Day hike on Tuesday hosted by “Friends of the Dayton Bluffs”, a group that contributes to restoring areas of the preserves. Volunteer Coordinator ...Read more

LED speeding signs coming to Dalzell

DALZELL – LED speed limit signs will be installed in Dalzell beginning this week. According to Dalzell Police Chief Mark Manicki after receiving complaints of speeding, he purchased LED speed signs to try and get drivers to be more aware of their driving. Oak and Luce streets will be the ...Read more

Over 250 new laws for Illinois

SPRINGFIELD _ Illinois lawmakers completed the state’s 100th General Assembly in its bicentennial year, and will ring in 2019 with 253 new laws on the books. The youngest children in cars will be required to ride in rear-facing seats, blaze pink will be acceptable for hunters’ ...Read more

Illinois reaches settlement with Wells Fargo

CHICAGO (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay Illinois nearly $11 million to resolve claims the bank violated state consumer protection laws by opening unauthorized accounts and using manipulative sales practices. Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Friday Illinois is part of a $575 million settlement ...Read more

CDC Warns of Respiratory Virus

ATLANTA – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is warning the public about a cold-like virus that can be dangerous to children and some adults. According to the CDC, respiratory syncytial virus is a common respiratory virus that may look like the flu or cold but is actually the ...Read more

Healthy dogs saved after euthanasia request denied

VALPARAISO, Ind. — Two dogs that escaped death when a northwestern Indiana veterinarian refused their owner’s request to have the healthy canines euthanized have found a new home together with an Illinois couple. A rescue group said that the man who had owned Sam, a pointer, and Cosmo, a ...Read more