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Local unemployment rates fare steady

  CHICAGO – Local and statewide unemployment rates remained steady for the month of September. After county averages reduced during the month of August, numbers have remained similar if not less than of those in September. LaSalle and Putnam county’s unemployment rates are ...Read more

Pair Arrested on Drug Charges by State Police

UTICA – A Sunday evening traffic stop sent two to the county jail with drug charges. The Illinois State Police say they stopped a vehicle on Interstate 80 near Utica just after 10:30 PM where they allegedly found methamphetamine. Two subjects, 27-year-old Janeka Brown of Ford Dodge, Iowa, ...Read more

Mendota Students Back to School: Strike Over

MENDOTA- The strike will come to an end in Mendota as District 289 and the teachers resolved a battle over a new contract Friday night. The strike, which began on October 16th, kept children who attend Northbrook, Blackstone and Lincoln Schools out of class for eight days. Teachers filled a ...Read more

Mendota teachers meet with district, Friday

MENDOTA – Mendota teachers are meeting at 4 p.m., Friday in an attempt to settle labor disputes with District 289. The parties will been at Mendota High School.The Mendota District 289 School board met Thursday night for their monthly meeting, and although current negotiations with the ...Read more

Streator Business Trick-or-Treating this weekend

STREATOR – Streator’s downtown businesses will host their annual trick-or-treat event this weekend. Trick-or-treaters can roam the business district and stop by nearly 50 participating businesses for goodies on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Event coordinator Toni Petit says ...Read more

Marquette Academy Presents: “Exit The Body”

Marquette Academy proudly presents, “Exit The Body” by Fred Carmichael on November 1st & 2nd at 8:00pm in Bader Gymnasium. Marquette Academy students Nathan Schere (Lyle Rogers, Jeffery LaFleur (Vernon Cookley), Nick Graham (Phillip Smith), and Abbey Thumm (Lillian Seymour) ...Read more

Grundy County Woman Killed in Crash

GARDNER – A crash between a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle took the life of a Grundy County woman on Thursday evening.  According to the Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan 35-year-old Samantha M. Serena was reportedly traveling westbound on Goodfarm Road when she struck a ...Read more