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Smoky Fire Damages Streator Business

STREATOR – A warehouse caught fire Friday morning but the Streator Fire Department quickly extinguished the smoky blaze in around twenty minutes.  Lt. Bryan Park said they were called after 6 AM to the Schultz Monument Company in the 100 block of South Shabbona Street, and when they ...Read more

Local unemployment rates drop

OTTAWA –  Local unemployment rates are down this month and statewide numbers remain the same. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, statewide unemployment rates are steady at 4.4 percent, but local county rates have decreased by nearly 2 percent.  Putnam County ...Read more

Wild Bill Days This Weekend in LaSalle County

UTICA – LaSalle County Historical Society is Celebrating the life of James Butler Hickock this weekend in Utica. Held at the museum campus, “Wild Bill Days” will feature crafts and vendors, live re-enactments and a barn dance to conclude the weekend. Hickock was born and raised in ...Read more

Fundraiser Sunday for Bureau County Fire Victim

SPRING VALLEY – The city of Spring Valley approved a benefit for a Bureau County family whose home had been destroyed in a fire. On May 14th, a family of six in DePue suffered a fire that injured their 4-year-old son. He is currently hospitalized after being airlifted with burn injuries ...Read more

Pro choice activists rally in Ottawa

OTTAWA – Local pro choice activists are protesting in downtown Ottawa, in response to state legislations that prohibits abortions after detectable heartbeats. The “Stand with Planned Parenthood” group rallied around Washington Square Park Wednesday evening, and will continue ...Read more

Two struck, killed by Joliet commuter train

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Two people have been killed after being struck by a suburban Chicago commuter train. One body was recovered Wednesday night and authorities were searching Thursday near tracks in Joliet for the body of the second victim. Authorities say the victims were part of a small group ...Read more

Little Free Libraries Opened in Peru

PERU – Students in Peru will have access to books with the addition of two new Little Free Libraries at Northview School. Two little library stands were opened on Thursday morning, with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Principal Sara McDonald and Northview Librarian Mrs. Sandy Spelich. Students ...Read more

Man in custody for house fire in westside Peru

PERU – A suspect is in custody after a house fire in Peru yesterday. According to the Peru Police, 58-year-old Salvatore S. Fiumefreddo is charged with a 1st class felony of residential arson in a house fire that occurred Wednesday around 12 p.m. in the 1600 block of Schuyler Street. Police say ...Read more