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Streator Pushes to Ban Sweepstakes Machines

STREATOR – The city of Streator is pushing for a ban on non-licensed video gambling also known as sweepstakes machines. In a council meeting earlier this week, council agreed to draft an ordinance to ban the machines. The profits from the non-licensed machines stay with the business and the ...Read more

Victorian Holiday at the Hegeler Carus Mansion

LASALLE – The Hegeler Carus Foundation will host their annual holiday celebration beginning Friday evening. Travel back in time to 1898 at the Hegeler Carus Mansion and attend a recreations of a holiday party the Hegeler and Carus families may have personally hosted in their Victorian home. ...Read more

Bomb Hoax Emails Reported Nationwide

CHICAGO— Businesses and schools were evacuated because of a bomb threat hoax across the United States Thursday. Rush-Copley Hospital and the Aurora City Hall were among many places that received threats according to the Aurora Police Department. Rochelle Community Hospital also reported getting ...Read more

Man defrauds several southern Illinois banks

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A 75-year-old man has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison for defrauding seven southern Illinois banks out of more than $500,000.A federal judge ordered the sentence for Alfred Cross, who pleaded guilty to five counts of bank fraud. Cross is from Marion County ...Read more