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Local Unemployment Drops

OTTAWA – Local unemployment rates have decreased since last month. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, LaSalle County is seeing rates to those of December’s at 7.2 percent, over a percent decrease compared to last month. Putnam County’s rates have also ...Read more

More Radium Cleanup Soon For Ottawa

OTTAWA – A site contaminated with radium in Ottawa is scheduled for cleanup later this year. City Engineer and Director of Community Development David Noble says the Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Emergency Management Association will clean up portions of a property ...Read more

Staff Reductions Coming To Paw Paw School

PAW PAW – Paw Paw High School has begun to announce staff cuts. This is due to the deactivation of the high school and the move to send students to Indian Creek next year, many positions will be eliminated or have reduced hours. The Paw Paw School Board stated that they may change a job ...Read more

Reports of counterfeit cash in Seneca

SENECA – The Seneca Police Department is warning the community of counterfeit cash.  According to police, they received a report on numerous counterfeit $100 dollar bills being used around the area. Police say if you come across counterfeit money, do not return it to the passer, observe ...Read more

ISP Dist. 16 Trooper killed during traffic stop

FREEPORT – An Illinois State Police Trooper has died Thursday afternoon in a crash near Freeport. Acting Director Brendan F. Kelly confirmed that Trooper Brooke Jones-Story of District 16, was killed in a crash while on a traffic stop in Stephenson County. Authorities say that just before ...Read more

Murder Charges Filed in Infants Death

OTTAWA- A LaSalle man is facing three murder charges after allegedly suffocating his infant son with a pillow on Sunday.   LaSalle Police say 23 year-old Kenneth N. Herbst has first degree murder charges stemming from an incident in the 900 block of Grant Street in LaSalle.   Court documents ...Read more

Housing Rehab Surveys for Spring Valley

SPRING VALLEY -North Central Illinois Council of Governments will assist residents of Spring Valley in filling out a housing rehabilitation survey next week. The survey was issued to residents of the project neighborhood area on West Dakota Street, west of North Power Street, north of East ...Read more