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One Injured After Driveway Car Fire

MENDOTA- One person was taken to the hospital with burn injuries after a car fire Friday night in Mendota.   Around 10:30 PM Mendota Fire and EMS were called to the 1400 block of Meriden Street for a car fire in a driveway.   According to Fire Chief Rutishauser an occupant of the residence had ...Read more

US Silica to close Utica Plant

UTICA – US Silica intends to idle its Utica facility on Sunday. According Spokesman Mike Lawson, changes in customer’s buying patterns is the reason for the deactivation. The company sees limited demand in that facility, stating customers would now rather buy closer to drilling ...Read more

Deputy stabbed, inmate shot in Danville courthouse

  DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate in a holding cell at the courthouse in eastern Illinois was shot after stabbing a sheriff’s deputy several times in the face. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that the I Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said the incident ...Read more

Southern LaSalle County lacks rain for crops

  STREATOR – Crops in southern LaSalle County are showing the effects of a mostly dry summer.  According to LaSalle County Farm Bureau President David Isermann,  the recent rainfall this week only touched down in northern parts of the county, leaving crops south of the Illinois ...Read more

Local unemployment rates increase slightly

  OTTAWA – Local unemployment rates have increased slightly after steady numbers since June. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, LaSalle County holds the highest percentage of unemployed persons locally, at 4.9, compared to 4.6 last month. Putnam ...Read more