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Vandals Damage Park Bathrooms

COMPTON – The two parks in the village of Compton were damaged over the weekend and have caused the bathrooms to be closed.    Officials locked the facilities until repairs could be made, but going forward they would only be unlocked if the park was rented for a special event. ...Read more

Canadian Man Dies Skydiving Near Ottawa

OTTAWA – A Canadian man has died after a skydiving accident near Ottawa on Friday.   According to the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office 68-year-old Reginald C. Hurlbut of British Columbia was pronounced dead at Skydive Chicago.  The incident is under investigation by the LaSalle ...Read more

Illinois Valley Veterans Memorial Bridge to Open

SPRING VALLEY – Illinois Valley Veterans Memorial Bridge is scheduled to open Monday in Spring Valley. The replacement Route 89 bridge over the Illinois River is going to be wider than the old bridge to allow for emergency vehicles, pedestrians and bike traffic. This summer demolition work ...Read more

25 Year Old Dies in Traffic Accident

LEXINGTON – A Livingston County mother is dead, and her infant daughter injured in a two vehicle crash near Lexington.    McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis says they received a call of a vehicle fatality on I-55 near Lexington around 6:30 Friday evening.  The coroner says that 25 year ...Read more

Governor Speaks at Freedom Run

MARSEILLES – The 16th Annual Illinois Freedom Run was Saturday from Morris to Marseilles to honor those lives lost in the Middle East and hundreds of motorcyclists were in attendance. Joining in the ceremonies at the Middle East Conflicts Wall was Governor Bruce Rauner, who rode into the ...Read more

Freedom Fest This Weekend

MARSEILLES – Saturday Marseilles will come alive with the sound of motorcycles as they kick off the 16th annual freedom run to honor veterans. The celebration begins at 6 a.m. where motorcycles will be lined up at the Grundy County Fairgrounds north of Morris. There will be a pancake ...Read more

Earlville Teen Part of Illinois FFA History

SPRINGFIELD–An Earlville teen was part of the all-female FFA Illinois State Officer Team that was elected Thursday at the 90th annual Illinois State Convention. Miriam Hoffman was elected to serve the next year as Secretary. This marks the first time in the Illinois FFA’s 90-year history when ...Read more

Heflebower Scholarship to Streator Nursing Student

OGLESBY – Anne Baker presents the 2018 Dolores “Dee” Heflebower Memorial Nursing Scholarship to Jonathon Bourell of Streator.  The award is supported by an Illinois Valley Community Hospital Foundation fund established by Baker and her husband, the late Don Baker of Peru, in memory of ...Read more