Local Headlines

Unemployment Down Again in Area

OTTAWA – The area jobless numbers are in and they are down over a percent from a year ago. With over 55,000 new jobs added statewide according to numbers provided by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, area unemployment also decreased. Unemployment in Bureau, LaSalle and Putnam ...Read more

Grundy County Man Dies in Single Vehicle Accident

MORRIS – A Grundy County man has died after his truck went off the roadway and went into a lake. According to the Grundy County Coroner’s Office, the incident was discovered Sunday afternoon along Jugtown Road north of Coal City. Authorities are not exactly sure when the accident took ...Read more

Ambulance Involved in Collision

PERU – An Ambulance was involved in a collision Thursday evening in downtown Peru. A eastbound Peru Ambulance and vehicle collided at the intersection of Peoria Street and US Route 6, blocking the road for about an hour. Multiple people were taken from the scene, but the number and the ...Read more

Truck Driver Facing Heroin Charges

LASALLE – A traffic stop for a moving violation on a semi-tractor trailer on Wednesday evening led to the discovery of heroin and the arrest of the driver. The Illinois State Police say they stopped a southbound truck on I-39 just past the I-80 Interchange for a moving violation and during ...Read more

FEMA Grants Awarded in Area for Flood Control

OTTAWA – Four area communities will be receiving grants totaling over $3.4 million from FEMA to help limit damage caused by future floods. The Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants were issued for flood wall construction in Depue, Marseilles, Ottawa and Peru. In Ottawa, $1.1 million was awarded to ...Read more

Farmland Values Remain Flat

BLOOMINGTON – In the latest yearly survey of prices for farmland across the state, little to no change has occurred. That’s according to the 2018 Illinois Farmland Values and Lease Trends Report released last week. Northern Illinois ground values were down 1-2 percent to around ...Read more