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OSF Launches Teen Volunteer Program

OTTAWA – A new volunteer program with OSF Healthcare is making it possible for teens to work in the hospital setting. Teens who are currently in 8th grade through senior year can work closely with patients at OSF St. Elizabeth’s in Ottawa. Volunteers must commit to at least 30 hours a ...Read more

BBB Warns of Fake Taco Fest

CHICAGO – The Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers about tickets that were sold for an allegedly fake festival. Taco Fest Chicago reportedly advertised free parking, entertainment and claimed a wide variety of taco vendors and food trucks. The events social media page had vanished, ...Read more

New Band Director at LP

LASALLE- LaSalle-Peru High School announced the hire of a new band director.   During the Board meeting Thursday it was announced they chose Paula Tuttle to take over the role.   Tuttle holds both a bachelors and masters degree in music education from Illinois State University and the ...Read more

IVCC Staff Honored in Springfield

OGLESBY – Illinois Valley Community College Instructors were honored at the Illinois Community College Trustees Association awards banquet Friday in Springfield. Amanda Cook Fesperan, a 17-year political science instructor was nominated for the ICCTA’s outstanding full time faculty ...Read more

High School student enrollment increases at IVCC 

OGLESBY- High school students make up a surprising portion of the students at IVCC.  Illinois Valley Community College’s audit-finance committee learned Thursday that high school students enrolled in dual credit courses account for 10% of overall enrollment. For the 2017-18 semester, ...Read more

Ear of Corn Art Piece Slated For Mendota

MENDOTA – A grain silo in downtown Mendota will become the home to a nearly 70 foot tall ear of corn in a new proposed art piece. The City of Mendota and North Central Illinois Artworks announced the project in a meeting Thursday. It would be funded by the city, the Mendota Chamber and ...Read more

Vietnam Moving Wall in Ottawa This Weekend

OTTAWA – A tribute to those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War is in Ottawa this weekend and the public is welcome to join veterans and family members.    The wall, a replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, will be up until Monday off of Center Street on the south side of the ...Read more

Police Chief Warns Drivers About Pedestrians

MARSEILLES – Allowing pedestrians to cross at crosswalks has become a safety issue, and one police Chief is going to be stepping up enforcement in his town.  On Tuesday Chief Jim Hovious of the Marseilles Police Department reminded motorists on social media that traffic must yield for ...Read more

Driver Airlifted After Head On Collision With Semi

SHERIDAN- LaSalle County Deputies are investigating a two vehicle accident that occurred about 3 miles south of Sheridan that sent one driver to the hospital via helicopter early Wednesday morning. A northbound passenger car struck a southbound semi truck with a trailer head near IL Route 71 near ...Read more