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Man defrauds several southern Illinois banks

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A 75-year-old man has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison for defrauding seven southern Illinois banks out of more than $500,000.A federal judge ordered the sentence for Alfred Cross, who pleaded guilty to five counts of bank fraud. Cross is from Marion County ...Read more

Ottawa Police Warn of New Social Security Scam

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Department is warning people about another round of phone scams in the area. According to authorities, scammers are leaving messages claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. The caller says he works for the Social Security Administration and your ...Read more

Bureau County Approves Solar Project

PRINCETON – A solar farm was approved by the Bureau County Board Tuesday night. Despite the Zoning Board Administration’s recommended denial of the solar project, the board approved conditional use with stipulations included for Clean Energy Design Group. Conditions included implementing ...Read more

Bicentennial Passport Program concludes with prizes

LASALLE – While the Illinois Bicentennial Passport Program may be over, passports are still being handed in to the I & M Canal Corridor Association for prizes. According to Program Coordinator Mara Moore, over 50 passports have been received from the program to win prizes for the number ...Read more

Hemp Cultivation on 2018 Federal Farm Bill

SPRINGFIELD – The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to pass the new Farm Bill, voting 87-13. According to LaSalle County Farm Bureau President David Isermann, while the bill is yet to be ratified, a compromise from the Senate and the House Agriculture Committees added the legalization of ...Read more