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April is STD Awareness Month

OTTAWA – April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month. According to the Center for Disease Control, 2.3 million new cases of nationally notifiable STDs chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported by Americans in 2017. It was yet another record-breaking year for STDs in the ...Read more

Ottawa YMCA to build rec center on riverfront

OTTAWA – The Ottawa YMCA will be purchasing property on the Illinois River front. The city of Ottawa accepted the sole bidder of the former Central School Track for only a dollar. Director of Economic Development Reed Wilson, says the city is supporting the YMCA’s plans to construct a ...Read more

Princeton council race tied

PRINCETON, Ill. (AP) — Absentee ballots could break a tie in a race for city council in Princeton. Robin Swift and Jerry Neumann each emerged Tuesday with 771 votes in Princeton. Swift said she wanted to concede the race to Neumann, the incumbent, and run again in the future. But the Bureau ...Read more

Peru Police K9 Receives Body Armor

PERU – The Peru K9 Officer now is equipped with armor thanks to a donation from a charity. On Thursday Peru Police announced that Vested Interest have delivered to Saxon his new protective vest. The vest, valued at $950.00, is embroidered with the phrase “Born to Love-Trained to ...Read more

New Mayor in Ottawa

OTTAWA – Voter’s in the city of Ottawa elected a former commissioner as their next Mayor. Daniel F. Aussem will replace outgoing Mayor Robert M. Eschbach. Aussem came in with 52 percent of the vote, while opponent Julie Johnson trailed in at nearly 48 percent of the vote. ...Read more

Incumbent Mayor Retains Seat in Streator

STREATOR –  Streator Mayor Jimmie Lansford and incumbent councilmen will be keeping their seats after the 2019 Consolidated Election. Incumbent Jimmie D. Lansford had nearly 57 percent of the vote, while opponents Joseph Scarbeary came in with 29 percent and Siobhan Elias with 14 percent ...Read more

New Faces on Mendota City Council

MENDOTA – The spring election saw two new faces join the Mendota City Council, with John Holland taking the Ward 3 seat, edging out Jody Mall.  In Ward 4, Mark Peasley edged out Matt Ramer by just two votes, 73 to 71.  They’ll be replacing Alderman Walter Weiland and Randy ...Read more