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Downtown Mendota Fire Wednesday

MENDOTA – A fire in the 700 block of Illinois Ave in Mendota closed city streets downtown Wednesday. At 12:30 PM a call came in for smoke in an upstairs dwelling. Area departments responded with mutual aid within 45 minutes the fire was extinguished. According to responders at the ...Read more

One Dead After Chicago Street Fire in Streator

STREATOR – One man has died following a fire early Tuesday morning in the 300 block of Chicago Street in Streator. The Streator Fire Department received a call around 2:45 AM and while enroute, they were notified that the resident was likely inside the structure. Firefighters immediately ...Read more

Two Arrested in Ottawa Using Fake Currency

OTTAWA – A couple of individuals from Chicago were charged with forgery after a number of businesses in Ottawa began finding counterfeit $100 bills. Today in a release from the Ottawa Police Department, they state that last Wednesday while checking with area companies for information on ...Read more

Woman Uses Flamethrower to Damage Car

BARRINGTON – A Barrington woman has been charged with arson and with filing a false police report after initially claiming her car was stolen. According to the Barrington Police Department, 47 year-old Julie Gagne was arrested Wednesday for allegedly setting fire to her vehicle. In a release by ...Read more

OSF/Blue Cross Reach Agreement

OTTAWA – After weeks of negotiations OSF HealthCare has reached an agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to continue to remain in network. In October it was initially announced that OSF was no longer going to accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In a statement released ...Read more

Human Case of West Nile Found

OTTAWA – LaSalle County Health Department has confirmed its first case of West Nile Virus since last year. According to a media release, a resident in their 60’s has also tested positive for the virus this month, along with mosquitoes and birds from this summer. According to the ...Read more

Family Identified in Ogle County Fire

DIXON – The Ogle County Sheriffs Office and the Ogle County Coroner have released the identities of those killed in an early morning house fire in rural Dixon. Found deceased was 39 year-old Timothy Shaw, 37 year-old Melissa Shaw, 17 year-old Ethan Shaw, 15 year-old LeAnne Shaw, 12 ...Read more

Residents of Amboy Urged to Lock Vehicles

AMBOY – A string of car burglaries occurred in the predawn hours Tuesday in Amboy. The majority of those took place on the north side of the community in an area known as the Burke Subdivision. According to Amboy Police Chief Jeff Blake, ten vehicles were found to have items missing, and ...Read more