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Ottawa keeps lobbyist on board

OTTAWA –  Torricelli Consulting will continue to lobby at the state capital on behalf of the city Ottawa. At last night’s council meeting, a resolution recommended by Mayor Dan Aussem was passed authorizing an agreement with the lobbying and consulting company. Aussem says, Jeff ...Read more

Pritzker signs state budget, income tax measure

CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a nearly $40 billion state budget along with a measure that could lead to enacting a graduated income tax in Illinois. The Democrat inked the measures Wednesday afternoon at a state government office in downtown Chicago. He says a “new era ...Read more

Peru PD warns of scam via email

PERU – The Peru Police Department is warning residents about a scam via email. According to Deputy Chief Bob Pyszka, an email listing a false traffic violation states you must pay the citation within 72 hours. The message states that the email was sent on behalf of your local department of ...Read more

DeKalb County Man Arrested on Explosives Charges

GENOA – A DeKalb County Man is in jail after an ATF and Rockford Bomb Squad raid on his home.  On Monday Genoa Police were called about a report of a man who allegedly displayed a gun to another motorist.  After an investigation, authorities stopped 54-year-old Joseph D. Walsh of Genoa ...Read more

Storms Damage Troy Grove Township Building

TROY GROVE – Thunderstorms brought high winds that knocked out power and damaged a building in Troy Grove.   After midnight Wednesday the Troy Grove Fire Department was called to Troy Grove Township building on Vermillion Street after a section of the roof had blown off and took down power ...Read more

State Supplies Funds For Ag Building at IVCC

OGLESBY- Phase I and II of Illinois Valley Community College’s agriculture building project were among topics covered by the board’s facilities committee Tuesday evening. The Illinois legislature awarded Phase I of the project $150,000 Friday after the college had earlier secured nearly ...Read more

Wet weather brings more mosquitoes

OTTAWA – With the wet weather LaSalle County has been experiencing, it’s no surprise to see a higher level of mosquito activity. According to Health Educator Jenny Barrie, the good news is that the mosquitoes we’re currently seeing are flood water mosquitoes that typically ...Read more