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Ottawa requests tax levy increase

OTTAWA – The city of Ottawa is requesting an over 6% increase to their tax levy. The request was placed on file at Tuesday night’s city council meeting for an increased levy of 6.33% or $400,000 more than the amount requested in the previous year.  According to Commissioner Wayne ...Read more

LaSalle council calls out feral cat feeders

LASALLE – Concerns over residents feeding feral cats in LaSalle was addressed at Monday’s city council meeting. According to Mayor Jeff Grove, people in the neighborhood are putting food out and sheltering stray cats. According to City Attorney James McPhedran, prohibiting people from ...Read more

Contamination all cleaned up at Northwest School

LASALLE – The Environmental Protection Agency cleanup at Northwest School in LaSalle is substantially completed. According to Superintendent Brian DeBernardi, the majority of fencing around the once contaminated site is now removed. DeBernardi says the district made a collective decision to ...Read more

New Alderman Appointed in Mendota

MENDOTA – Mendota Mayor David Boelk appointed a new alderman to the 2nd Ward. Leo Hochstatter was sworn to the council at Monday night’s meeting, after the death of Alderman John Pierson in late October. In addition, the council approved a motion to hire a new full-time firefighter. ...Read more

Hegeler Park sewer project wrapping up in LaSalle

LASALLE – The city of LaSalle’s Hegeler Park sewer separation project is near completion. At Monday nights city council meeting City Engineer Brian Brown reported that concrete work will finish up by Tuesday with top soil work to follow. The project that began in the spring removed all ...Read more

Hegeler Park sewer project wrapping up in LaSalle

LASALLE – The city of LaSalle’s Hegeler Park sewer separation project is near completion. At Monday nights city council meeting City Engineer Brian Brown reported that concrete work will finish up by Tuesday with top soil work to follow. The project that began in the spring removed all ...Read more

OSF HealthCare to no longer accept Meridian plans

PEORIA – OSF HealthCare will no longer be accepting Meridian Medicaid and Medicare plans, effective December 15th. According to a press release, the contract will no longer be renewed with Meridian for provision that do not align with the Ministry’s current strategy. Meridian members ...Read more

Counterfeit cash investigation in Peru

PERU – Charges could be issued for two suspects involved in using counterfeit cash in Peru on Sunday. Deputy Chief Bob Pyszka says the individuals are both from Chicago, and could face formal charges after being released from authorities on Sunday. Pyszka says fake $100 bills showed up at ...Read more