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Area Hospitals Propose Consolidation

  SPRING VALLEY – Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru and St. Margaret’s in Spring Valley and have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to consolidate their operations and form a regional health network. “St. Margaret’s and IVCH have proudly served this region for more ...Read more

Morris Man Killed In Saturday Crash

MORRIS – One man is dead after a single vehicle crash in Grundy County on Saturday.   According to Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan 27 year-old Virgil V. Saenz was eastbound on Marseilles Road near Walker’s Corner when for unknown reasons his vehicle left the pavement and entered ...Read more

Off-Track-Betting venue coming to Ottawa

OTTAWA –  Ottawa will be home to Hawthorne’s latest off-track betting sports bar, and you can bet they’ll be open just in time for the Kentucky Derby. The new OTB venue powered by Cicero’s Hawthorne Race Course, will be located at 110 W. Etna Road. Hawthorne’s ...Read more

Family and feline uninjured after basement fire

MENDOTA – A family and their feline are safe after a house fire Wednesday night in Mendota. According to Paramedic and Fire Fighter Justin Setchell, they and the Troy Grove Fire Department were called just before midnight to the 300 block of U.S 34 for a basement fire. Authorities say the ...Read more