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Hemp Cultivation on 2018 Federal Farm Bill

SPRINGFIELD – The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to pass the new Farm Bill, voting 87-13. According to LaSalle County Farm Bureau President David Isermann, while the bill is yet to be ratified, a compromise from the Senate and the House Agriculture Committees added the legalization of ...Read more

Land for Roundabout to be Annexed Soon

PERU – The city of Peru will make a motion at the end of the month to annex land for a roundabout road project. In a city council meeting on Monday, an agenda item was placed for the city’s next council meeting to make a motion to zone and annex 13 acres along Peoria Street and Plank ...Read more

Mendota Man Arrested Monday on Heroin Charges

MENDOTA – A 26-year-old Mendota man was arrested on Heroin charges Monday after an investigation by the Mendota Police Department and the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team. According to the Mendota Police, they took Sergio A. Arzola into custody in the 1400 block of East Main ...Read more

IVCC Receives Clean Audit of Finances

OGLESBY – The Illinois Valley Community College Board’s audit-finance committee learned that once again the school had a clean audit of its financial statements. Wipfli LLP auditors reported no weaknesses or deficiencies. The school is currently debt-free, and have reduced operating ...Read more

Caterpillar Announces Closing of Joliet Plant

JOLIET – In a filing under the Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, Caterpillar, Inc, now headquartered in Deerfield, announced that beginning in 2019 they’ll be closing their Joliet production facility. Around 285 employees will be losing their jobs by mid-2019 ...Read more