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2018 home sales: Ottawa price history

Historical home sales data show whether price appreciation has outpaced inflation and tax rates. BlockShopper.com has calculated cities' median sales prices for the past 10 years, adjusting for inflation.


Snoop Dogg and Friends to perform at Illinois State Fair Grandstand

Rap icon Snoop Dogg has been booked to perform on the Grandstand stage at this summer’s Illinois State Fair. Snoop Dogg and Friends will appear Aug. 16, the final Friday of the fair. Tickets will range in price from $25 to $55.


Developer shows interest in Ottawa's waterfront plan

The city of Ottawa continues to look toward the water when it comes to future development. Discussions are ongoing about the city’s effort to extend the downtown to the waterfront, a plan that was put together in 2013 and approved the following year, but the interim time has been spent fine-tuning t


Gas Tax: How Much More Illinois Residents Pay To Fill Up

ILLINOIS — Crossing state lines could increase or decrease how much you pay for gas. A new report from 24/7 Wall Street looked at which states have the highest and lowest gas taxes and found that drivers in some states end up paying 50-75 percent more than others.


La Salle man jailed for porn

A La Salle man was sentenced to jail Wednesday for having child pornography. Noah G. Wheelock, 21, pleaded guilty to having video of two girls, under age 18, in lewd acts. He was sentenced to spend about 30 days in jail, to serve about four years' probation and to pay $2,700 in fine and fees. He als


Researchers had just finished a study of Illinois gun laws. Then the Aurora mass shooting happened.

The ink on a new report on Illinois gun laws was barely dry when news broke of a mass shooting in Aurora by a felon who should not have been carrying a handgun. The report, prompted by Chicago’s recent mass fatal shooting at Mercy Hospital, identifies how Illinois remains vulnerable when it comes to


La Salle County talks layoffs

OTTAWA — The possibility of layoffs for La Salle County was discussed at a recent committee meeting. The layoffs were discussed in “generality,” said salary and labor committee chairman Joe Savitch (D-La Salle).


Trial postponed in Ottawa murder case

Trial was put off Wednesday in an Ottawa murder case. Kenneth Cusick, 51, was charged in February 2017 with murdering his wife, Tracy Cusick, in January 2006 in their Ottawa home. Jury trial was to be March 4, but was canceled Wednesday, with no new trial date scheduled. Prosecutor George Mueller ha


Hikers invited to explore Ottawa's Dayton Bluffs for geology hike

It may still be winter, but it’s a great time to put on the hiking boots and grab the walking stick for an invigorating hike from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 2, down the north ravine at Dayton Bluffs Preserve in Ottawa.


Ottawa native hosts new show "Food Truck Nation"

Chef Brad Miller crafts some seriously complex food. For instance, a recent item from the Valentine’s Day menu at his fine dining restaurant “Inn of the Seventh Ray” in Topanga, Calif. was “Caviar and sea-urchin brioche toast with yuzu aoli and fresh dill.”


Illinois lawmaker speaks out against Governor Pritzker's state budget

An Illinois lawmaker is speaking out against Governor JB Pritzker’s state budget for 2020. State Representative Darren Bailey says Pritzker’s budget proposes more taxes, expanding gambling to include sports betting and promoting the use of marijuana.


9 Illinois State Troopers hit when handling roadside incidents

ILLINOIS (WICS/WRSP) -- Scott’s Law, otherwise known as the ‘Move Over’ Law, mandates when approaching a vehicle on the side of the road with flashing lights, you must slow down and move over.


Illinois rescinded 10,000 gun licenses last year. More than 75 percent of holders ignored the notice.

Illinois State Police rescinded more than 10,000 gun licenses last year — and more than 75 percent of the revocation recipients ignored it, according to newly released data. The state agency provided the staggering figures late Thursday, as part of a trove of law-enforcement documents involving Gary


Ottawa Riverfest to continue as is

Ottawa’s annual Riverfest will continue with nearly the same budget as last year despite earlier conversations that it may shrink in size. The City Council authorized Mayor Bob Eschbach to make Riverfest agreements during Tuesday night’s council meeting.


PHOTO: Cause unknown of crash into bushes south of Grand Ridge

A vehicle went off the road on Route 23 south of Grand Ridge and plowed over some bushes Wednesday morning. The cause of the crash was unknown, according to the La Salle County Sheriff's Office. The vehicle was abandoned throughout the day.


Analysis: Illinois Valley Central administrators rank 655th in state for average pay

Administrators in Illinois Valley Central Unit School District 321 earn an average of $87,714 per year, ranking 655th out of 864 districts in the state, according to a Peoria Standard analysis of the latest Illinois schools report card.


House Executive Committee passes bill to make Illinois a sanctuary state

A bill that grants full sanctuary for illegal immigrants has passed the Illinois House Executive Committee. House Bill 1687 also creates the Keep Families Together Act, which would require the state attorney general to offer up new rules within 90 days of the bill’s enactment outlining the limitatio


New State Data Paints Shocking Picture of Illinois Firearm Laws

Responding to growing questions in the aftermath of last week’s mass shooting at a factory in Aurora, the Illinois State Police released data Thursday evening which paints a shocking picture of the system for firearm regulation in Illinois.


Republican Candidate at Center of Fraud Inquiry Calls for New Congressional Election in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina whose campaign funded an illegal voter-turnout operation, on Thursday called for a new election.


Ottawa rebids canal project, aiming for over $200K price drop

The city of Ottawa will soon learn whether rebidding of the Illinois & Michigan Canal rewatering project is successful in reducing the cost of the project. The City Council rebid the project, which includes getting a supply to the well, waterproofing the canal and significant concrete work under the