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Fire at Mall Prompts Evacuation

PERU – Sunday afternoon Peru, LaSalle, and Spring Valley Fire Departments were called to the Peru Mall for what reportedly was a fire in the ceiling.   The building was evacuated of employees and customers and crews quickly extinguished the fire.  Smoke was observed coming out of doors on ...Read more

Missing Michigan Man Found Near Seneca

SENECA – Over 5 months after his vehicle was found in a ditch near Seneca, the body of a Michigan man has been discovered in a nearby pond. Grundy County Coroner John Callahan says the body of 45-year-old Terry Edward Brown was discovered by 2 fishermen Thursday. Brown’s vehicle was ...Read more

Sound The Alarm Events on Saturday

The Red Cross is holding Sound the Alarm home fire safty and smoke alarm installation events on May 5th in partnership with local fire departments.  Red Cross volunteers and local partners will be canvassing neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms and helping families create escape plans in ...Read more

IVCH Auxiliary Donates $34,000 to Hospital

PERU – The Illinois Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary wrapped up its year with an announcement at its closing meeting that it had purchased more than $34,000 worth of medical equipment for IVCH in the past 12 months. Items obtained by the hospital with Auxiliary funds during the past year ...Read more

Ottawa Man Arrested For Year Old Burglary

OTTAWA – Ottawa Police say that DNA evidence led them to charge an Ottawa man in connection with a burglary that occurred over a year ago.  Police say that on January 31st, 2017, they were called to a reported residential burglary in the 600 block of West Madison Street.  Authorities say ...Read more

IVCC Signs Mendota Standout

OGLESBY – Illinois Valley Community College men’s basketball coach Chris Herman announced the signing of former Mendota High School star Joe LaShonse. LaShonse, who sat out last year and is currently on IVCC’s tennis team, was All-State Honorable Mention as a senior in 2017, Mendota’s ...Read more