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County Unemployment Rates Drop

OTTAWA – Though unemployment rates nationwide declined, statewide, it remained steady at 4.1 percent. However, according to The Illinois Department of Employment Security, the unemployment rates for both LaSalle and Putnam County has decreased. Currently, LaSalle is at 4.5 percent, nearly ...Read more

Pontiac Telecommunicator Recognized By State Police

SPRINGFIELD- An event to recognize the contributions of law enforcement in the state of Illinois was held Tuesday, and a staff member from Pontiac was recognized.   Bradley V. Richardson was honored not only for his 20 years of service but for his professionalism.  In a release mentioning the ...Read more

City of Peru Reaches Lawsuit Settlement

PERU – The City of Peru reached a settlement for a lawsuit by a former Firefighter and Alderman at a city council meeting on Monday. Rodney Perez will receive over 97,000 dollars for lawsuit he filed against the city of Peru, Mayor Scott Harl, and Fire Chief Jeff King alleging retaliation ...Read more

Peru Pushes for Multi-jurisdiction Facility

PERU – The City of Peru is pushing for a final decision from the City of LaSalle on a property for a multi jurisdiction facility. In a shared services committee meeting on Monday, City of Peru’s Mayor Scott Harl expressed frustration at the slowness on committing to the property ...Read more

Phone Scam Discovered Using Fake 911

OTTAWA – A fake 911 phone call scam has been reported in LaSalle County. According to the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office, the call comes in on a recipient’s phone listed as 911 Emergency. Officials say if you receive one of these types of calls it is not coming from law ...Read more

Arrest Made After School Threat in Mendota

MENDOTA – A man was arrested after making threatening comments at a school in Mendota Monday morning. In a release by the Mendota Police Department they say that 26-year-old Angel Sanchez of Mendota allegedly made comments directed at Northbrook officials and personnel. He was charged ...Read more

Sewer Trench Collapses on Construction Worker

MORRIS – A construction worker is conscious after being extricated from a trench when a dirt wall collapsed, in Morris on Monday. According to the Morris Police Department just after 11 a.m. Morris Fire Protection and EMS were called to the 1900 block of Mountain road for an accident at a ...Read more

House Destroyed in Compton Fire; No Injuries

COMPTON-A mid-day fire in Compton destroyed a two story home and filled the small Lee County community with smoke on Monday. Around 11:30 firefighters were called to the 100 block of West Cherry Street for a home fully engulfed in flames. Multiple area departments responded, including Compton, ...Read more