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LaSalle County Board Honors Clerk

OTTAWA – LaSalle County Board members honored county clerk Joann Carretto at their Thursday meeting. She first started working for the LaSalle County Clerks Office in October of 1978, becoming chief deputy clerk. Carretto was elected county clerk in 2006. She is stepping down after 39 years ...Read more

Cement Company Discussed Future Thursday Night

LASALLE – Representatives from Illinois Cement spoke to a full crowd Thursday night regarding potential limestone mining. The public hearing at LaSalle City Hall discussed the rezoning and obtaining special use permits in order to obtain enough limestone for forty years of reserves for the ...Read more

Parole Denied for “Starved Rock Killer”

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Prisoner Review Board denied parole to a 79-year-old inmate sentenced to life in prison for the killings of three suburban Chicago women at Starved Rock State Park. They voted 7-7 Thursday on Chester Weger’s request, leaving him short of the needed majority vote ...Read more

Body of Infant Found

CARROLLTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve found the body of a 6-month-old boy in a wooded area of southwestern Illinois after the child was reported missing over the weekend. State police say the boy and his 22-year-old mother were reported missing Saturday to police in Alton and ...Read more

Christmas Light Recycling at OSF HealthCare St. Paul

MENDOTA – OSF HealthCare St. Paul is offering Christmas light recycling. OSF HealthCare is hoping to divert contributing waste during the holidays by helping residents recycle unwanted Christmas lights through January. Steve Looney, director of facility planning and operations for OSF Saint ...Read more

North Peoria Street Roundabout Open House Held

PERU – The city of Peru plans to widen and realign North Peoria Street as well as build a round-about intersection to alleviate congestion. City officials held an open house on Wednesday evening, presenting aerial maps of the proposed project, taking input from the public. The roundabout ...Read more

County Unemployment Rates Rise

OTTAWA – State and county unemployment rates increased within the past month, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Currently state unemployment is at 4.2 percent, just a tenth of a percent increase compared to last month. However, county unemployment rates scale ...Read more

IVCH MRI Magnet Delivered through the Roof

PERU – A giant magnet for a new MRI system was lifted through the roof of Illinois Valley Community Hospital on Wednesday. The magnet that will be the heart of the new MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) system at Illinois Valley Community Hospital. It was lifted into place by crane through ...Read more