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Longest-serving mayor in Illinois dies

MARION, Ill. (AP) — The man who was the longest-serving mayor in Illinois has died at age 92. According to Hughes Funeral Home former Marion Mayor Bob Butler died Monday at age 92 at an assisted living center in Herrin. Butler served as the southern Illinois city’s mayor for nearly 55 ...Read more

Joliet man charged in Ottawa burglary

OTTAWA – An Joliet man is in custody on multiple charges after a burglary investigation in Ottawa earlier this month. According to the Ottawa Police Department, on April 12th they took a report of a vehicle burglary, where a woman’s purse was allegedly stolen. Authorities say after ...Read more

Spring Valley looking into billing for fire calls

SPRING VALLEY – Spring Valley is considering billing for fire calls to acquire  funds for the fire department. According to Alderman Mike Herrmann, the finance committee met with a billing company in Mendota that provides reimbursements from emergency calls via the insurance companies of ...Read more

Holiday Weekend Patrol Nets Plenty of Tickets

LASALLE –  The Illinois State Police were on patrol during the Easter Holiday weekend and gave out plenty of citations to motorists traveling along the interstates and highways.   They reported that they issued 17 speeding tickets, 7 Scott’s Law citations, and an arrest for a hit ...Read more

Ottawa Journalist Wins Press Club Award

OTTAWA – A Voice of America correspondent from Ottawa has won an award for journalism from the Press Club for his coverage of agricultural issues. Kane Farabaugh, the VOA Midwest correspondent, received the first place honor for his year long series “Between Trade Agreements and ...Read more