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Mendota student claims regional spelling bee crown

MENDOTA- A Mendota student won the regional spelling bee after mastering ‘tapioca’ and ‘enmasse’.   Jenah Sims will be moving on to the state spelling bee in Peoria on March 27th.  The Northbrook school 8th grader competed against students from LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam counties ...Read more

Full moon starts this weekend

UNDATED – A full moon weekend is upon us, the first of many this year. Beginning Friday evening through Monday, the universe will experience the first supermoon of 2020. According to the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, Native American tribes had names for the moons calling this ...Read more

2 charged in coronavirus prank in Joliet store

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Police in the Chicago suburb of Joliet say a teen suspected of spraying disinfectant inside a Walmart while announcing that he had the new coronavirus has turned himself. Police say 19-year-old Tyler Wallace is charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, ...Read more

Illinois man believed kidnapped in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. official says an American citizen has been kidnapped in Afghanistan by a Taliban-affiliated group and that authorities are working to rescue him. The official says Mark Frerichs of Lombard, Illinois, was believed to have been kidnapped by the Haqqani network. ...Read more

Inspectors: Lawmakers’ watchdog too weak to matter

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The official in charge of uncovering misconduct in the Illinois General Assembly says the job should allow her confidentiality and be free of interference from lawmakers. Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope testified Thursday before a bipartisan commission studying ...Read more

Regional spelling bee this weekend in Ottawa

OTTAWA – The 60th annual LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Regional Spelling is this weekend at Ottawa High School. Thirty-three school district winners will be competing for the county championship on Saturday at 9 a.m. The winner of the regional bee will then compete in the Grand Finals to be ...Read more