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Agency recommends firing of officer who shot friend

  CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police oversight agency has recommended the firing of an officer who shot his friend and lied about it. In a report completed this summer, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability determined that Officer Patrick J. Kelly shot Michael LaPorta in the head in ...Read more

Sen. Durbin urges FDA to better regulate e-cigs

CHICAGO (AP) — Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to better regulate the electronic cigarette industry in the wake of several vaping-related deaths. Durban criticized the FDA on Monday for its lack of oversight of the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes ...Read more

Hot and humid weather coming our way this week

UNDATED – Hot and humid conditions are back this week, as a warm front is expected to move across north central Illinois tonight. According to weatherology meteorologist Ray Miller, that will stop temperatures from falling too much during overnight hours, at around the low ...Read more

Ottawa to plant more trees around city

  OTTAWA – Ottawa is planning to apply for a grant to plant more trees around the city. Commissioner of Public Improvements, Marla Rodriquez announced the agreement with North Central Illinois Council of Governments to apply for a $30,000 Urban & Forestry grant. ...Read more

Mendota Man Airlifted After Saturday Crash

MENDOTA – A Mendota man was taken to a Rockford Hospital via helicopter after a two vehicle crash on Saturday.  Around 12:30 PM Mendota Fire and EMS were called to the intersection of 8th Avenue and 2nd Street.  A northbound vehicle driven by 56-year old Salvador Tinajero collided with a ...Read more