Local Headlines

Record Setting Travel Day Possible for Fourth

CHICAGO – Americans are expected to break travel records this Independence Day, according to the American Automobile Association. Nearly 47 million Americans will travel over 50 miles away from home the highest numbers in 18 years. In Illinois, 2.2 million will be driving and over 100,000 ...Read more

Unemployment Numbers Mixed

OTTAWA – Though the state unemployment rate went down, statewide, it increased, slightly, for the local area. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the unemployment rate in May was 4.7 percent for LaSalle County, 3.8 for Bureau County, and 4.3 percent for Putnam. Those figures ...Read more

Family Escapes Rural Amboy Fire; Dog Perishes

AMBOY – One dog has perished but a family escaped a house fire near Amboy early Thursday morning. According to the Amboy Fire Department they were called after 4 AM to the 1400 block of Sterling Road for a house fire. Reportedly two children were trapped on the second floor of the home, but ...Read more

LaSalle Man Facing Cocaine Charges

LASALLE – Cash and drugs were seized after an arrest and search of a residence in LaSalle on Wednesday, with one man being arrested. According to the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team 23-year-old Jordan A. Reynolds was taken into custody in LaSalle after an undercover investigator ...Read more

Heroin; Crack Found in Latest Trident Bust

STREATOR – An investigation into heroin sales in Streator by the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team has left one man facing four felony drug charges. According to Tri-dent, on Tuesday they were conducting a controlled purchase in the 200 block of West 10th Street in Streator which ...Read more

No Tuition For Pre-School in Marseilles

MARSEILLES – The Marseilles Elementary has been awarded with the “Preschool for All” Grant beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The grant will result in over 1 million dollars in total funding for the next five years. According to Superintendent Brenda Donahue, the grant will ...Read more

Community Members Launch Live Well Streator

STREATOR – A group of community members have joined together with the hopes of making Streator a place where generations of people want to live because they can enjoy longer, healthier, and happier lives. “Live Well Streator exists to bring people together to develop solutions that create ...Read more

First Case of West Nile in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – A 60 year-old woman is the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Illinois for 2018, according to The Illinois Department of Public Health. Because the case occurred earlier in the season than most, additional testing by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention were ...Read more

High Winds Damage Crops Tuesday

TONICA – Gusty winds associated with a storm that had warnings issued by the National Weather Service flattened corn and knocked over a power pole Tuesday evening. No significant damage to homes or structures was reported, but some smaller tree limbs were blown down.   ...Read more