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Streator High School receives ‘commendable’ rating

STREATOR – Streator Township High School was rated commendable in an annual report released by the Illinois State Board of Education. Illinois Report Card’s summary designation measures the progress in academic performance and student success through four categories:

Streator city council to approve 5-year-road plan

STREATOR – Streator’s City Council is expected to approve an updated 5 year road plan. After discussions last month, city Engineer Jeremy Palm added Court Street as an additional road needing improvements in 2022. General Fund projects

Pot Sales Debated in Ottawa

OTTAWA – Members of the community gathered at Ottawa’s City Council meeting to discuss their opinion on selling cannabis in the city. The council has not yet voted to allow the sale of cannabis within city limits

Del Monte Plant Finds Buyer in Mendota

  MENDOTA – Del Monte announced Tuesday that they have found a buyer for the Mendota facility.  The sale is expected to be completed in late 2020.  The news was included in a stock holding report for

Disaster declaration issued for 17 Illinois counties

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal disaster declaration has been issued for more than a dozen Illinois counties affected by this year’s historic flooding. The U.S. Small Business Administration is making low-interest loans available to businesses, homeowners

First Responders Pensions Could Rise in Mendota

MENDOTA – Mendota Aldermen discussed the police and fire pension at Monday night’s city council meeting. Alderman Bill Hunt announced that the police pension fund would be increased by 4.47%, up to just over $611,000, with the

LaSalle implements rules for food trucks

LASALLE – LaSalle’s City Council approved a number of rules for food trucks that wish to vend in the city. At Monday night’s council meeting, city Attorney presented several ordinances previously discussed to be approved for food

Farmers weeks behind in harvesting

LASALLE CO. – Harvest season is continuing to pose challenges for farmers across LaSalle County. Illinois Farmers are weeks behind in harvesting mainly due to the various weather extremes that began in the Spring. Now they’re faced

Illinois Valley Pads Shelter shows off expansion

PERU – Illinois Valley Pads Shelter opened house to present their major expansion on Saturday afternoon. The extended shelter now accommodates families with four designated rooms, additional office space for employees and a play room for kids.

IVCC moves forward in Ag building plans

OGLESBY – Illinois Valley Community College’s board approved construction contract’s for a new storage facility. The 6,000-square-foot metal building will be located just south of campus on the site of the dairy barn that was demolished last December.

IVCC to increase student worker wages

OGLESBY – Illinois Valley Community College is increasing student worker wages to comply with state mandate for incremental minimum wage boost in January. Payroll for IVCC would increase $1,350 per week to cover a total of 68

Streator preps for Hilton Hotel project

  STREATOR – The city of Streator is preparing their Northpoint Tax Increment Financing District for a hotel in the future. The proposed 82-room Hilton Tru hotel at Northpoint Plaza is expected to move forward according to

State Senate President Cullerton to retire in January

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic state Senate President John Cullerton announced Thursday that he’s stepping down from the Illinois Legislature. His retirement will be effective sometime in January and he’s fulfilling a promise to his wife, Pam,