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Shabbona man dies after tree collapses on him

SHABBONA – A Shabbona man was killed while working in a field Tuesday. According to the Dekalb County Coroner’s Office, the man was identified as 72-year-old Larry J. Barshinger. Authorities say Barshinger was working in a field, clearing trees in rural Shabbona, when one reportedly ...Read more

Robbery Suspect Sought in Mendota

MENDOTA- Mendota Police are on the lookout for a man they say struck a woman and took her purse.  Authorities are calling it a Strong-Arm Robbery on Wednesday that took place at a gas station near I-39.   The suspect, shown in a security still released Thursday, allegedly approached the victim ...Read more

Starved Rock Parking Fee Bill Fails By One Vote

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Sue Rezin’s legislation that would allow the Department of Natural Resources to charge a minimal parking fee at Starved Rock failed to pass the full Senate on Wednesday. Senate Bill 1310 needed 30 “yes” votes to pass, but fell short by one vote. Sen. Rezin ...Read more

Lake County plants to be monitored for air quality

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Plans are under way to monitor outdoor air quality outside two Lake County plants that use the cancer-causing gas ethylene oxide. The (Waukegan) News Sun reports that the Lake County Health Department said Monday that sampling would begin by June 1 at sites near Vantage ...Read more

Spring Valley buys old hotel property

SPRING VALLEY – Spring Valley’s city council voted in favor of purchasing the old Spring Valley Hotel property. On Monday evening, an ordinance was passed authorizing the purchase of real estate located at 226-228 East St. Paul Street. The city agreed to pay Bureau County nearly $1300 ...Read more