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Fire Guts Downtown Pontiac Warehouse

PONTIAC –  Multiple fire departments were on the scene Saturday of a large fire in the 300 block of North Chicago Street in Pontiac.   According to the Reading Fire Department, a warehouse behind a furniture store was fully engulfed around noon.  The four alarm fire brought Streator, ...Read more

Thesauruses Donated to Students

MENDOTA – The Mendota Rotary Club gifted thesauruses to Lincoln School Students on Friday.   The pupils were given the books as a way to help grow, broaden, expand, bolster, and fill out their vocabulary.   The third grade learners were issued copies of the publication as a present from ...Read more

PADS Shelter in Ottawa in need of lunch supplies

OTTAWA – Illinois Valley PADS in Ottawa is running short on lunch items. According to the homeless shelter, they are packing 62 lunches a day and are running scarce of items to pack. You can make a donation at the shelter located on 1120 Canal Street, before 9 a.m. Saturday or at Lily Pads ...Read more

$100,000 Bond Set Friday for Mendota Man

OTTAWA – A man accused of a number of smash and grab burglaries around downtown Mendota has had his bond set at $100,000.  The Mendota Police Department say 54-year-old Craig J. Hynes allegedly broke windows of multiple businesses over the last few weeks and took various items.   He is ...Read more

Bond Hearing Friday For Smash & Grab Suspect

OTTAWA – The man Mendota Police say committed multiple smash and grab burglaries will have a bond hearing on Friday morning in Ottawa. The LaSalle County Jail says that 54-year-old Craig J. Hynes remains in their custody for now.   Hynes has been charged with two counts of burglary ...Read more