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Ottawa YMCA to build rec center on riverfront

OTTAWA – The Ottawa YMCA will be purchasing property on the Illinois River front. The city of Ottawa accepted the sole bidder of the former Central School Track for only a dollar. Director of Economic Development Reed Wilson, says the city is supporting the YMCA’s plans to construct a ...Read more

Peru Police K9 Receives Body Armor

PERU – The Peru K9 Officer now is equipped with armor thanks to a donation from a charity. On Thursday Peru Police announced that Vested Interest have delivered to Saxon his new protective vest. The vest, valued at $950.00, is embroidered with the phrase “Born to Love-Trained to ...Read more

New Mayor in Ottawa

OTTAWA – Voter’s in the city of Ottawa elected a former commissioner as their next Mayor. Daniel F. Aussem will replace outgoing Mayor Robert M. Eschbach. Aussem came in with 52 percent of the vote, while opponent Julie Johnson trailed in at nearly 48 percent of the vote. ...Read more

Incumbent Mayor Retains Seat in Streator

STREATOR –  Streator Mayor Jimmie Lansford and incumbent councilmen will be keeping their seats after the 2019 Consolidated Election. Incumbent Jimmie D. Lansford had nearly 57 percent of the vote, while opponents Joseph Scarbeary came in with 29 percent and Siobhan Elias with 14 percent ...Read more

New Faces on Mendota City Council

MENDOTA – The spring election saw two new faces join the Mendota City Council, with John Holland taking the Ward 3 seat, edging out Jody Mall.  In Ward 4, Mark Peasley edged out Matt Ramer by just two votes, 73 to 71.  They’ll be replacing Alderman Walter Weiland and Randy ...Read more

Princeton Keeps Mayor, Raises Sales Tax

PRINCETON – Mayor Joel Quiram returns to guide Princeton for the future handily beating opponent Ray Swanson in the spring election by 400 votes.  Princeton residents also voted to approve a quarter percent sales tax increase, bringing their obligation up to 8%.  The increased revenue ...Read more

Two Mendota Alderman say goodbye

  MENDOTA – Two of Mendota’s Alderman participated in their last city council meeting Monday. Alderman Walter Weiland and Randy Morris elected to step down from their positions as aldermen, effective April 2nd. 4th Ward Alderman Weiland served the city council for 16 years and ...Read more