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Application Period Open for 2022 Cover Crop Program

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Agriculture has opened the third year of the Fall Covers for Spring Savings Program. Applications will be available at https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Pages/default.aspx Funding of eligible acreage will be on a first come, first serve basis. Due to the ...Read more

Dr. Scholl retires from OSF Saint Paul

  MENDOTA – Dr. Scholl, a family practice physician at OSF HealthCare Saint Paul Medical Center, has retired after a long career as a Mendota physician. His last day was December 30th. “I was 14 and a high school sophomore at the time when I spent a week in the hospital for appendix ...Read more

First significant snow of the season on the way

  OTTAWA – A significant snow event could welcome in the new year, as the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Saturday. Upwards of 7″ total snow could be possible in a wide band across North Central Illinois, with winds gusting as high as 35 mph. ...Read more

Two from Ottawa facing cocaine charges

OTTAWA – Two Ottawa residents are facing cocaine charges after a Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team investigation. On Wednesday authorities took 47-year-old Jeremy M. Myers and 42-year-old Tina M. Cloud into custody after a buy/bust operation. TRI-Dent said in a press release that ...Read more

Minimum wage increase coming to Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The minimum wage in Illinois is set to increase another dollar 0n Saturday.  The new wage will be $12 an hour.  Governor JB Pritzker signed a bill in 2019 putting the state on the path to a $15 an hour minimum wage by 2025.  Prior to the increases in 2020, the last time ...Read more

Minimum wage increase coming to Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The minimum wage in Illinois is set to increase another dollar n Saturday.  The new wage will be $12 an hour.  Governor JB Pritzker signed a bill in 2019 putting the state on the path to a $15 an hour minimum wage by 2025.  Prior to the increases in 2020, the last time Illinois ...Read more

Early out Fridays coming for Mendota students

MENDOTA – In an attempt to prevent teacher and student burnout, Mendota schools announced a schedule change that will take place for elementary and high school students upon their return from winter break.  Starting in January, the last Friday of every month will be a 1:30 PM dismissal for ...Read more

Police officer shot and killed in Kankakee County

BRADLEY – One police officer is dead and another is in critical condition after an altercation at a hotel in the Kankakee County community of Bradley.  Police Chief Donald W. Barber said officers were called to the hotel on State Route 50 for a report of dogs barking in an unattended ...Read more