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Woman Shot Late Tuesday Night in Peru

PERU – Peru Police responded to Illinois Valley Community Hospital Tuesday night after a woman entered the hospital with a gunshot wound. Authorities say the 20-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body on the west side of Peru, but the injuries are not life threatening. The ...Read more

Lightfoot’s Chicago Budget Approved

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council has passed Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $11.6 billion budget plan by a 39-11 vote. Lightfoot’s office says Tuesday the budget is balanced and will close an $838 million shortfall without a “significant” increase in new property taxes. Lightfoot says in ...Read more

LaSalle County Board Holds Off On Cannabis Decision

OTTAWA – LaSalle County Board placed on file the Zoning Board of Appeals’ recommendation to ban the sale of cannabis in unincorporated areas on Tuesday. The Zoning Board voted 4-3 to prohibit the sale at Monday’s meeting, but the board won’t officially vote to approve or reject the ...Read more

High wind warning of up to 60 mph gusts

OTTAWA – Travelers catching flights at area airports during the Thanksgiving holiday are likely to be impacted by a high wind warning. According to the National Weather Service, Northern Illinois and surrounding areas are under a high wind warning that goes into affect Wednesday at 3 a.m. ...Read more

Peru approves slight tax increase

PERU – Peru’s city council approved a tax levy increase to raise contributions to their police and fire pensions. The 4.9% increase in the tax levy will cover just over $780,000 of the $2 million the city is slated to pay over the next year. According to City Finance Officer Justin ...Read more

Mendota Elementary Receive Commendable Ratings

MENDOTA – Northbrook, Lincoln, and Blackstone have all received Commendable school ratings from the Illinois Report Card. Director of Teaching and Learning Dr. Beth Wackerlin presented the report card to the Board of Education at Monday’s meeting, and reported that students in seventh and ...Read more

Boys Basketball Coach at Mendota Elementary to Quit

MENDOTA – Eighth-grade boys basketball coach Courtney Nave will not be finishing out the season with the team. Mendota Elementary School Board President Sean Pappas announced at Monday night’s meeting that Nave seeks to resign in December, midway through the season. Superintendent Kristen ...Read more