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Residents give input on Thornton Park upgrades

OTTAWA – Residents gathered at Thornton Park Thursday evening to voice their opinions on what future renovations should entail. Community development specialist Tami Koppen says after the city acquired the park five years ago from Edmund and Susan Thornton, it has been a goal of theirs to ...Read more

Unemployment rates steady this month

  OTTAWA – Local unemployment rates have remained fairly steady after a significant decrease in May. According to local unemployment averages for June by the Illinois Department of Employment and Security, statewide numbers made a slight decrease, now at 4.3% of persons unemployed ...Read more

Farmers at mercy of the weather

OTTAWA – North central Illinois Farmers are in survival mode as they continue to play catch-up with their corn crops. LaSalle County’s Farm Bureau President David Isermann says the recent heat wave has helped dry up surfaces, but when it comes to underground conditions, he believes it ...Read more