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Hit & Run on Route 18 Wednesday

LOSTANT – One car ended up in a field and another was damaged in a collision with a hit and run driver Wednesday in southern LaSalle County.  According to the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office before 7 p.m. on Illinois Route 18 southwest of Lostant a Rochelle woman was traveling east ...Read more

Illinois Unemployment Rate Lowest in Decade

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced today that the unemployment rate held steady at around 4 percent in June and nonfarm payrolls increased by over 18,000 jobs over-the-month, based on data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. LaSalle, Putnam and Grundy ...Read more

Man Arrested After Ottawa SUV Theft

OTTAWA – An Indiana man has been connected to an SUV theft in Ottawa. According to Ottawa detectives and the LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office, 54-year-old Jeffrey Allen Vlietsra of Chesterton is charged for the May 3rd burglary at the Bill Walsh Toyota dealership. ...Read more

Lisa Lynch Appointed New CFO at IVCH

PERU –  Lisa Lynch is the new chief financial officer at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.  A resident of Peru and an IVCH employee since 1999, Lynch held the positions of controller, Six Sigma Black Belt, director of organizational effectiveness and assistant vice president for ...Read more

Streator Man Arrested on Firearm Charge

STREATOR – One man has been arrested after a report of shots fired last week in Streator. According to Streator Police Chief Kurt Pastirik, officers located several shell casings and a live round reportedly found in the 900 block of Hall Street on July 24th. After an investigation ...Read more

Gas Prices Rising Statewide

CHICAGO – The cost of travel by car and truck is going up. Illinois gas prices are up 4 cents compared to last month. The national gas price average has increased this month according to AAA. This week, the demand for gasoline has strengthened as supply declined. According to the latest ...Read more

County Investigates Hit & Run North of Streator

STREATOR – A Tuesday morning hit and run accident is being investigated by the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office three miles North of Streator.  In a release Thursday, they state a 49-year-old man from Streator reported that before 10:00 a.m. he was traveling North on US Route 23 when an ...Read more

Motorcycle Club Denied

PERU – A motorcycle club was denied special use of a property at a hearing, Wednesday. The city of Peru denied the text amendment for “Brothers of Darkness”, a 19-member motorcycle club usage of a property located at 1024 Center Street. Head member and property owner, Robert ...Read more

Puppy Dies from Pitbull Attack

LASALLE – A puppy was killed after a neighbor’s pitbulls got loose in LaSalle. Officers arrived to the area and learned one of two pitbulls attacked a 4-month-old puppy in the 600 block of 6th street. The owner of the victim-dog sought medical attention, however died from its ...Read more