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Red Cross issues heat safety tips

  The following recommendations from the American Red Cross can keep you and your family safe during this heat wave: NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN YOUR VEHICLE. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach

Peru Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile

OTTAWA – The LaSalle County Health Department received confirmation that mosquitoes from Peru tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquitoes were collected on July 18th and Environmental Health staff were able to conduct the confirmatory test

Ottawa pursues grants for Thornton Park

OTTAWA – The city of Ottawa is pursuing grants to upgrade Thornton Park. Mayor Dan Aussem says during a workshop, upgrades were considered for Thornton Park like resurfacing the tennis, pickleball and basketball courts, new shelters, a

Heat Warnings Cover Midwest

        CHICAGO – Excessive heat warnings were announced yesterday by the National Weather Service that run through Saturday and cover most of the Midwest from central Nebraska and Missouri into western Ohio and parts

EPA cleanup in Ottawa continues

  OTTAWA – EPA cleanup will continue into fall on property located along the Fox River near U.S 6 and Route 71 in Ottawa. According to the EPA workers are removing contaminated soil from the NPL-8 Frontage

Stadium Project Rolls on at L-P

LASALLE – LaSalle-Peru Township High School approved a Letter of Intent with Byrne and Jones Construction regarding the Howard Fellows Stadium Field of Dreams at Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Steve Wrobleski explained that the

Peoria woman faces meth delivery charges in Peru

PERU – A Peoria woman will be transferred to the LaSalle County Jail on methamphetamine delivery charges in Peru. According authorities, 35-year-old Krista L. Coats was taken into custody on Tuesday by detectives with the Peoria Police

Ottawa says keep your dog on a leash

  OTTAWA –  Residents in Ottawa are now required to have their dog on a leash when walking them. The city council updated their leash law on Tuesday night, to ensure residents are keeping a handle on

Intense heat could harm roads, Illinois officials warn

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois transportation officials are warning drivers throughout the state to watch for road blowouts during the intense heat. Acting Transportation Secretary Omer Osman says the “potential for pavement failures will increase” this week

Excessive Heat Watch to Begin Thursday

OTTAWA – A multiple day episode of dangerous heat is expected beginning Thursday into the start of the weekend. This heat will expand into the area Thursday afternoon and persist through Saturday. Area cooling centers will be

LaSalle Man Arrested on Cocaine Charges

LASALLE – Multiple agencies were involved in the arrest on July 1st of a LaSalle man on drug charges.  Agents from the LaSalle and Peru Police Departments, plus the Tri County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Investigation assisted in

Streator Teen Dies in Indiana Fire

DYER, Ind. (AP) — A teen from Streator who was visiting her Grandparents has died after a house fire on Sunday.  She was the second victim of a fire that destroyed a northwestern Indiana home.   Fourteen-year-old Jasmine

Planned Parenthood of Illinois rejects federal funds

CHICAGO (AP) — Planned Parenthood of Illinois has announced it will stop accepting federal funds because of a new Trump administration rule barring family planning clinics from referring women for abortions. The administration notified clinics Monday that