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Splash Pad coming to Thornton Park this summer

  OTTAWA – The city of Ottawa’s Thornton Park improvements project is in full swing. The master plan for the over $600,000 project includes upgrades like a splash pad, remodeling tennis, pickleball courts as well as general landscaping. The city was also awarded a $300,000 grant ...Read more

Blood drive in Streator on Thursday

  STREATOR – While the demand for blood remains constant year-round, currently, the need for donors is especially high. Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m until 3 p.m., Thursday, April 29, in lower level/basement, Conference Room – ...Read more

County unemployment rates remain high

  SPRINGFIELD – County unemployment rates remained steady in March according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. LaSalle County remains the highest in unemployment locally at 7.3% but remains low from 8.5% at the start of the year. Putnam and Bureau County are averaging ...Read more

Gas prices steady, but remain high

  UNDATED – Gas prices remain high, but steady during the month of April according to the American Automobile Association. LaSalle and Putnam County County both average a price of $2.98 per gallon and Bureau County not far behind at three dollars per gallon. Despite gasoline demand ...Read more