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Cement Company Discussed Future Thursday Night

LASALLE – Representatives from Illinois Cement spoke to a full crowd Thursday night regarding potential limestone mining. The public hearing at LaSalle City Hall discussed the rezoning and obtaining special use permits in order to obtain enough limestone for forty years of reserves for the ...Read more

Parole Denied for “Starved Rock Killer”

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Prisoner Review Board denied parole to a 79-year-old inmate sentenced to life in prison for the killings of three suburban Chicago women at Starved Rock State Park. They voted 7-7 Thursday on Chester Weger’s request, leaving him short of the needed majority vote ...Read more

Christmas Light Recycling at OSF HealthCare St. Paul

MENDOTA – OSF HealthCare St. Paul is offering Christmas light recycling. OSF HealthCare is hoping to divert contributing waste during the holidays by helping residents recycle unwanted Christmas lights through January. Steve Looney, director of facility planning and operations for OSF Saint ...Read more

North Peoria Street Roundabout Open House Held

PERU – The city of Peru plans to widen and realign North Peoria Street as well as build a round-about intersection to alleviate congestion. City officials held an open house on Wednesday evening, presenting aerial maps of the proposed project, taking input from the public. The roundabout ...Read more

County Unemployment Rates Rise

OTTAWA – State and county unemployment rates increased within the past month, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Currently state unemployment is at 4.2 percent, just a tenth of a percent increase compared to last month. However, county unemployment rates scale ...Read more

IVCH MRI Magnet Delivered through the Roof

PERU – A giant magnet for a new MRI system was lifted through the roof of Illinois Valley Community Hospital on Wednesday. The magnet that will be the heart of the new MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) system at Illinois Valley Community Hospital. It was lifted into place by crane through ...Read more

Safety training at Streator High School

Streator High School conducted school safety training Wednesday in conjunction with the Streator Police Department and the Streator Fire Department. The drills and training ran from 11:45 AM to 2:30 PM. There was  a heavy presence of law enforcement and fire department services present at the ...Read more