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Streator City Council to Tour Trail Project

STREATOR – The Vermillion Trail project along the river will get a visit from the City Council on Tuesday.   A tour from the city contractor responsible for the Greenway Project will be taking suggestions from the Park Board and Council. The plan, to create a nature trail through Streator ...Read more

Double Homicide in Bloomington Sunday

BLOOMINGTON – Two people are dead and two others are injured after a shooting in Bloomington early Sunday morning. According to the Bloomington Police Department, around 1 AM they were called to the 1200 block of Orchard Street for multiple shots being fired. When they arrived they ...Read more

OSF Launches Teen Volunteer Program

OTTAWA – A new volunteer program with OSF Healthcare is making it possible for teens to work in the hospital setting. Teens who are currently in 8th grade through senior year can work closely with patients at OSF St. Elizabeth’s in Ottawa. Volunteers must commit to at least 30 hours a ...Read more

BBB Warns of Fake Taco Fest

CHICAGO – The Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers about tickets that were sold for an allegedly fake festival. Taco Fest Chicago reportedly advertised free parking, entertainment and claimed a wide variety of taco vendors and food trucks. The events social media page had vanished, ...Read more

New Band Director at LP

LASALLE- LaSalle-Peru High School announced the hire of a new band director.   During the Board meeting Thursday it was announced they chose Paula Tuttle to take over the role.   Tuttle holds both a bachelors and masters degree in music education from Illinois State University and the ...Read more

IVCC Staff Honored in Springfield

OGLESBY – Illinois Valley Community College Instructors were honored at the Illinois Community College Trustees Association awards banquet Friday in Springfield. Amanda Cook Fesperan, a 17-year political science instructor was nominated for the ICCTA’s outstanding full time faculty ...Read more

High School student enrollment increases at IVCC 

OGLESBY- High school students make up a surprising portion of the students at IVCC.  Illinois Valley Community College’s audit-finance committee learned Thursday that high school students enrolled in dual credit courses account for 10% of overall enrollment. For the 2017-18 semester, ...Read more

Ear of Corn Art Piece Slated For Mendota

MENDOTA – A grain silo in downtown Mendota will become the home to a nearly 70 foot tall ear of corn in a new proposed art piece. The City of Mendota and North Central Illinois Artworks announced the project in a meeting Thursday. It would be funded by the city, the Mendota Chamber and ...Read more

Vietnam Moving Wall in Ottawa This Weekend

OTTAWA – A tribute to those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War is in Ottawa this weekend and the public is welcome to join veterans and family members.    The wall, a replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, will be up until Monday off of Center Street on the south side of the ...Read more