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Streator Elementary Hires New Superintendent

STREATOR – The Streator Elementary School Board announced the hiring of a new superintendent. Dr. Lisa Parker, who formerly worked for the Dunlap School District, has 28 years of experience in education. Her hiring comes after last falls mutual separation agreement between the district ...Read more

2018 Income Tax Filing Season Begins Monday

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service have announced that individual tax returns can begin to be submitted on Monday. They are reminding taxpayers that filing electronically with direct deposit is still the fastest and most secure way to receive ...Read more

Mendota Police Arrest Cash Grab Suspect

MENDOTA – A Chicago man is in custody after taking cash from a business in Mendota. According to the Mendota Police Department, Tuesday afternoon 29 year-old Nicholas Brooks allegedly entered a business in the 900 block of Main Street and took money from the cash drawer. The business ...Read more

New Chief Nursing Officer at IVCH

PERU – Robert Fortney is the new chief nursing officer at Illinois Valley Community Hospital. The new CNO came to IVCH from Arlington Heights, where he had been a vice president and service line executive for Northwest Community Healthcare, an independent, community-based health system. ...Read more

Deer Harvest Down in Area

The number of deer harvested by hunters declined locally this past season, though statewide deer harvest numbers are up. Statewide, 147,000 deer were killed in all of the 2017-2018 archery and firearm seasons, three thousand more deer than were harvested in the 2016-2017 season. Locally, in ...Read more

Grundy County Death

Grundy County Authorities are investigating the death of a Sandwich Man.  The Grundy County Coroner says 18 year old Bladimir Ortega was brought to the Morris Hospital by a friend early yesterday morning.  After Ortega was placed in a wheelchair by hospital staff, authorities say the ...Read more

Lee County Plane Crash

Two people were injured when their plane crashed on a river in Lee County yesterday. Illinois State Police say a small aircraft crashed around 12:30 Saturday afternoon near Grand Detour.   State Police say the plane struck some power lines, and came to rest on ice on the Rock River.  Police ...Read more