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State Rep. Adam Kinzinger Visits Local Cancer Center

PERU – U.S Representative Adam Kinzinger made his way to Illinois Valleys Cancer Center in Peru for a visit and tour. Representative for  Network Development Manager, Nancy Jackson, and Coordinator Karen Karczewski both cancer survivors, introduce Kinzinger

Motorcycle – Ambulance Accident

LASALLE – A 67-year-old Minnesota man was injured after his motorcycle was struck by an ambulance early Tuesday morning. Illinois State Police say that Chris Boener, of Culver, Minnesota, was seriously injured after his motorcycle was struck

Body Found By Playing Kids in Grundy County

COAL CITY – The body of a man reported missing two weeks ago was discovered by children playing in Grundy County. According to Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan Sunday evening in Coal City they were notified

Lostant Seeks Water Tower Grant

LOSTANT – Surveys were sent out to Lostant residents in August and this month on behalf of the North Central Illinois Council of Governments in order to apply for a grant to replace the water tower. The

Proposed New Hotel Project for Peru

PERU – A new hotel could coming to the north side of Peru. An ordinance was passed Monday night at the Peru City Council Meeting to approve and authorize the execution of a TIF District redevelopment project

National Cell Phone Alerts Rescheduled

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FCC postponed a test that was supposed to be conducted Thursday, to October 3rd. The test will allow federal officials to send text messages to all cellular phones.

New Contracts for IVCC Employees

OGLESBY – The Illinois Valley Community College board ratified new contracts with full-time faculty and service employees and pay increases for employees not affected by a labor agreement. The three-year contract with the American Federation of Teachers

Starved Rock Attendance Down

OGLESBY – Nearly 900,000 people were in attendance at Starved Rock State Park this summer, according to officials. In comparison to last year, attendance this summer comes in around 200,000 people less. According to Starved Rock Coordinator

Mendota Railroad Crossing Closing For Repairs

  MENDOTA – The US 34-BNFS Railroad in Mendota will be closed Monday, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. The US 34 Railroad will be closed for approximately five days to allow the BNSF Railway Company

Volunteer Opportunities at OSF HealthCare

OTTAWA  – OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center is offering two new volunteer orientation opportunities. Adult and teen volunteers are needed in a multitude of service areas at OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa and

IVCC Hosts Memorial Dedication

OGLESBY – Illinois Valley Community College’s Jacobs Library is hosting a memorial dedication for Joanne Jalley at noon Tuesday, Sept. 18. Jalley, a library technical assistant, worked at IVCC for 20 years. She died Oct. 31, 2015.

IVCC to Receive Funding for Barn Demolition

  OGLESBY – IVCC is awaiting confirmation by next week that it will receive nearly $165,000 in state capital funding for demolition of the barn south of campus and construction of a dual storage/ag lab facility. The

ISP: “Trooper in a Truck”

Springfield— Illinois State Police (ISP) officials and the Illinois Trucking Association partnered to bring a new safety initiative to Illinois called “Trooper in a Truck” to create greater awareness about distracted driving. The new program is helping

IVCC Receives Donation From Generous Family

OTTAWA – The Johnson family of Ottawa recently made a $2,000 donation to the Illinois Valley Community College Foundation. Gayle and Jeremy Johnson both graduated from IVCC in the early 2000s before transferring to Illinois State University.

IVCC Receives Donation From Generous Family

OTTAWA – The Johnson family of Ottawa recently made a $2,000 donation to the Illinois Valley Community College Foundation. Gayle and Jeremy Johnson both graduated from IVCC in the early 2000s before transferring to Illinois State University.

Willis Tower base expansion part of $500M renovation

CHICAGO (AP) — The owner of the Willis Tower has unveiled a five-level expansion project designed to lure thousands of additional visitors to Chicago’s tallest building each day. Blackstone Group announced Thursday its plan for a 300,000-square-foot

Shelter Plans Expansion

PERU – A local homeless shelter in Peru is expanding its facility. Executive Director Carol Alcorn of PADS Shelter says the expansion will provide exclusive rooms for families, as well as office and classroom space. According to

Board Recognizes Suicide Prevention Day

OTTAWA – The LaSalle County Board recognized world suicide prevention day with a presentation Monday. Alexis Ferracuti, member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, encouraged the board to spread awareness on mental health and suicide prevention.

NIU Gets Grant to Combat Violence Against Women

DEKALB – A federal grant has been awarded to Northern Illinois University to help respond to crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. The Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women announced that 57