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Lowe’s Toy Drive serves as memorial for son

Kevin Lowe brought a little Christmas magic to the less fortunate on Thursday. It's been 10 years since Lowe started a toy drive for kids and 11 since he lost his son Kyle in a motorcycle accident.

OTTAWA TIMES - 2018-12-15 06:41:40

Steve McQueen’s missing 1979 Pontiac Trans Am pulled from Illinois barn

Although nobody could envision that 1980’s _The Hunter_ would prove to be Steve McQueen’s final motion picture, the fictionalised account of real-life bounty hunter Ralph ‘Papa’ Thorson boasted Hollywood’s usual McQueen-sponsored automotive carnage – albeit it with one major difference.

MSN.COM - 2018-12-17 22:31:58

CITY OF OTTAWA: Canal Road Will Be Closed To All Thru Traffic

City of Ottawa issued the following announcement on Dec. 13. Commissioner James Less has announced Canal Road will be CLOSED TO ALL THRU TRAFFIC on the weekend of Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16, 2018. The road will be closed between Chapel Street on the west and Chicago Road on the ea

ILLINOISVALLEYTIMES.COM - 2018-12-14 07:00:00

Conflict in the auditor case? Both sides pointing fingers

OTTAWA — La Salle County prosecutors want deputy auditor Tori Artman’s trial lawyer removed from her felony case. Todd Martin, they argue, was county attorney around the time of Artman’s alleged fraud, and that’s a conflict.

NEWS TRIBUNE - 2018-12-14 23:17:00

Icy roads contribute to accident on Bottom Road

A Peru man lost control of his vehicle on icy pavement at 12:20 a.m. Monday at N. 2551st Road (Bottom Road) and E. 150th Road in Peru Township, La Salle County Sheriff’s Office said.

NEWS TRIBUNE - 2018-12-18 14:17:00

Area Roundup: La Salle-Peru wrestling takes second in tournament

The La Salle-Peru wrestling team earned a second-place finish at the Springfield Tournament on Saturday. Ashton Kellett finished second in his weight class, while Zach Plackett, Ayden Sines, Seth Antle, Andy Wertz and Payton Piraino were third.

NEWS TRIBUNE - 2018-12-17 16:26:00

Ice, ice, skating

Ottawa residents are coming closer to slipping on their ice skates and hitting the new portable rink at Thornton Park. City crews have been putting up the rink this week and also put down the first layer of water, which should freeze overnight and hold the tarp base in place.

OTTAWA TIMES - 2018-12-14 00:24:00

Donnelly wants lawyer removed in auditor case

The La Salle County State's Attorney's Office wants a former assistant state's attorney barred from defending a county auditor's office employee, who is charged with stealing from the county.

OTTAWA TIMES - 2018-12-14 16:36:00

Ottawa takes 2 at own tourney

OTTAWA – The Ottawa High School girls basketball team was not in the usual Christmas season’s giving mood one might normally see as it played took the court for its first two games of the Lady Pirate Holiday Tournament here at Kingman Gym on Saturday.

OTTAWA TIMES - 2018-12-17 07:06:00

LaSalle County Deputy Auditors Charged In Theft Cases Could Have Termination or Pay Decisions Made Next Week

A committee of the LaSalle County Board could decide next week whether to suspend that pay or even to fire the two LaSalle County deputy auditors indicted with the county auditor in a theft and misconduct scandal.

WSPY NEWS - 2018-12-14 14:50:00

The Soft Pretzels At This Illinois Restaurant Are As Big As A Pizza

When you’re looking for comfort food, German cuisine’s got you covered. From savory schnitzel to spicy sausages, you’ll delight your tastebuds and fill your belly. Pretzels are one of the best German snacks, and this little restaurant serves up one that’s as big as a pizza:

ONLYINYOURSTATE - 2018-12-17 07:00:00

City figures out cause of 2 a.m. explosion

Peru officials figured out what caused a loud explosion at about 2 a.m. Monday. “Peru city electric personnel conducted a systematic search to determine the cause of the loud explosion early this morning,” said Doug Bernabei, Peru administrative services manager. “It was determined that a lightning

NEWS TRIBUNE - 2018-12-17 20:16:00

Loud 2 a.m. boom startles some in Peru

Were you awakened by a loud boom and echo around 2 a.m.?. Calls poured in to the Illinois Valley’s regional dispatch center from residents from throughout Peru who were startled by the sound, said Peru police chief Doug Bernabei.

NEWS TRIBUNE - 2018-12-17 14:37:00

Peru standoff, gunshot nets 10-year sentence for Peru man

OTTAWA — Jeffrey Sorrentino, the gunman convicted of firing a shot in a 2017 standoff in Peru, was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison. Sorrentino, 58, appeared for an eventful hearing in which he first argued for a new trial — separate motions were swiftly denied — and then asked Chief Judge H

NEWS TRIBUNE - 2018-12-13 21:46:00

Bucktown-Wicker Park: 5 Foreclosed Homes Near You

BUCKTOWN-WICKER PARK, IL — Are you hoping to buy a new house, but have a price point on the lower end? Why not check out foreclosed properties in the area? You never know what you might find!

PATCH - 2018-12-15 23:25:00

5 Lincoln Park Area Foreclosures To Check Out

LINCOLN PARK, IL — Are you searching for a new home, but don't have a lot to spend? Don't rule out the foreclosed properties on the market. You may just find your dream home in the rough!

PATCH - 2018-12-15 23:25:00

Free Christmas lunch in Ottawa planned for this weekend

A select few in Ottawa want to ensure everyone has a Christmas meal this year. Randall Repp used to transport diners to and from their homes when community dinners were held in the past and wanted to start his own after another business stopped offering them.

OTTAWA TIMES - 2018-12-13 14:19:08

Marseilles Woman Arrested on Warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver

A Marseilles woman was arrested on a sealed warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver on Wednesday. According to the LaSalle County Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 45-year-old Kelly Zimmerman of E. Bluff St. at her residence at around 7:04 p.m.

WSPY NEWS - 2018-12-13 19:41:00

Aurora Man Charged With Several Felonies for Alleged Oswego Cocaine Sales

An Aurora man was arrested by members of the Kendall County Police Assistance Team for alleged Cocaine sales in Oswego on Thursday. Kendall CPAT officials say 24 year-old Miguel Ortega Uribe of Aurora was taken into custody at a restaurant in the area of Route 30 and Douglas Rd.

WSPY NEWS - 2018-12-15 11:00:00

SPIRIT MATTERS: A Christmas wish list for the ages

It has been a long time since you’ve heard from me, hasn’t it?. I think the last time I contacted you was through the Sears and JCPenney Christmas catalogues Grandma had laying around her house when I was a kid. When she instructed us to circle what we wanted and put our names by it, I don’t think s

OTTAWA TIMES - 2018-12-14 16:04:03