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Heroin Overdoses in Ottawa

OTTAWA – 3 heroin overdoses within the last 30 minutes were reported in Ottawa today. According to the Ottawa Police Department the same batch of heroin is the cause for the 3 overdoses in just a short period of time. The Ottawa Police are asking everyone to share the information with any ...Read more

IVCC Approves Budget for 2019

OGLESBY – Illinois Valley Community College is planning for an increase in their budget for 2019. Following a Thursday meeting, the IVCC Board announced that they had approved a $34.4 million budget for 2019, which will be an 8 percent increase over the previous year’s budget. ...Read more

Cherry Debuts New Art Installation

CHERRY – North Central Illinois Artworks will put up their 3rd installation of public art in Cherry. NCI ART President, Chris Coughlin teamed up with Chicago and Mendota based artist, Ray Paseka to help build a mural in appreciation to the community. According to Coughlin the goal of the ...Read more

Morris Woman Dies After Tire Blow Out on I-55

JOLIET – A woman is dead after a tire blew out on a minivan early Thursday morning. According to the Illinois State Police 54-year-old Linda Reynolds of Morris was traveling south on I-55 near Joliet when she lost control and collided with the center median. An SUV traveling southbound ...Read more

Mendota Police Earn Award

TINLEY PARK – The Mendota Police Department on Wednesday earned an award for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety at an awards banquet in Tinley Park.   The 25th Annual Traffic Safety Challenge Awards Banquet honored Mendota Officers for their work over the previous year.  The event, put on by ...Read more

Dixon Man Promoted to Sergeant

DIXON – Joshua C. Wittenauer of Dixon was promoted to the rank of first sergeant during a promotion ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Dixon August 10. Wittenauer enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard in July 1995 as a stinger missile gunner in Battery C, 1st Battalion, 202nd ...Read more