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Flooding blocks area roads

OTTAWA – High water has closed many roads and streets in the area, including portions of Illinois 351, 178 and 71. Dee Bennett Road, Ben Samek Road, and DuPoint Road has flooded as well.  Officials in Ottawa state that the Main Street/Fox River Bridge is restricted to Eastside residents ...Read more

33rd Annual Naperville RibFest Cancelled

  NAPERVILLE – The Exchange Club of Naperville, organizers of the 2020 Ribfest, have announced that the 33rd annual festival is cancelled this year due to COVID-19 related concerns. This would have been the first time the festival would be held in Romeoville as opposed to Naperville, ...Read more

Barge breaks free, strikes Ottawa bridge

OTTAWA – Authorities are monitoring the situation in Ottawa after a barge struck a bridge Tuesday.   The flooding of the Illinois River caused a barge upstream to break loose, coming to a rest against the northernmost support of the Veterans Bridge which carries Illinois Route 23.  A ...Read more

Illinois River flooding to approach record again

UTICA – Portions of area roads and property are flooded this morning as the Illinois River continues to rise in many areas. Marseilles, however, has reported a crest already around 2 AM. In Utica, the fast rising river was the topic of an emergency village meeting last night. LaSalle is ...Read more

Library to offer curbside in LaSalle

LASALLE – LaSalle Mayor Jeff Grove announced that the LaSalle Public Library is preparing for curbside drop-off and pick-up. Grove mentioned this at Monday’s City Council meeting, as well as the library’s upcoming June program, Rolling Robotics. Registration for the program ends May ...Read more