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Principal charged with sexual assault in Wisconsin

ZION, Ill. (AP) — An elementary school principal in the northern Illinois community of Zion has been charged with sexually assaulting a Wisconsin teenager a decade earlier at a high school where he was working as a dean. Curtiss Tolefree Jr., principal at Beulah Park Elementary School, was ...Read more

Bureau County Waits on Pot Tax

PRINCETON – Bureau County will decide on the sales tax on cannabis in the upcoming months. Taxing for both municipalities as well as unincorporated areas will need to be decided on before April 1st, 2020 in order to comply with the state’s deadline for adopting municipal tax ordinances. ...Read more

Deere plans more layoffs at Davenport plant

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Deere & Co. plans to lay off nearly 60 more workers at its Davenport Works plant. The company said Monday that it notified the workers Dec. 2 and said the cuts would be effective Jan. 6. Deere announced earlier this fall that it was laying off more than 110 workers ...Read more

Rural Mendota Home Burns Monday Night

MENDOTA – A rural Mendota home was severely damaged after a Monday night house fire that may have started around the kitchen. Around 10 PM Mendota and Troy Grove Fire were called to the scene in the 3900 block of East 3rd Road for a fire that the occupants said they had escaped from.  ...Read more

Study on Peru Public Pool Costs to Begin

PERU – The city of Peru announced a feasibility study will begin regarding a public pool. Representatives from Counsilman-Hunsaker & Associates spoke to the council on Monday night about the study that will look at what a public pool will cost the city. The feasibility study, which will ...Read more