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UPDATE: Harassment allegation trouble for Jerry Long, GOP

Buy NowState Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator), shown here at the 2017 Streator Labor Day Parade, recently had support fromThe House Republican Organization pulled after they were“made aware of allegations into Rep. Long’s behavior" at this year's parade.NewsTribune File Photo


Vote For the Top 200 Illinois Scientists | Alton Daily News

"The names won't be nearly as famous [as other Top 200 lists], but what they accomplished is just amazing," Wills said.


Serious injuries reported after 4-vehicle crash in Batavia

Police reporting several serious injuries in crash involving four vehicles (Oberweis truck, limo, SUV & car) in Batavia. Randall Rd blocked Mill to Fabyan for crash reconstruction. Consider Western as an alternate.pic.twitter.com/s2L8zLbAbd— Sarah Jindra (@SarahJindra)September 14, 2018


States watching Illinois' use of marijuana to fight opioid crisis

EVANSVILLE, Ind., Sept. 14 (UPI) --The Illinois legislature has become the first state to give doctors the ability to prescribe marijuana instead of opiates in an effort to fight the opioid epidemic, with other states looking to follow.


How to Watch Illinois vs. South Florida: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds

Here’s all the information you need for Saturday afternoon’s game.Mike Granse-USA TODAY SportsUse the comment section below as this week’s Game Thread.How to Watch Illinois (2-0) vs. South Florida (2-0)Game Time:2:30 p.m. CTTV Channel:BTNOnline Streaming:BTN2GoRadio:All Illinois football games air l


Multiple coyote sightings in Ottawa

"We want to stress to the public that they don't need to report every coyote sighting as they are native wildlife and live among us," the post read. "Coyotes may prey on a small, unattended pet but are generally scared of people."


Montgomery man dies assisting motorist in Batavia

A Montgomery man was killed Friday morning, Sept. 14, while attempting to assist another motorist in an incident on Randall Road in Batavia.


Man dies after motorized wheelchair stalls in water on Cherry Valley Path

Part of the path goes under Interstate 39, the man was traveling under I-39 when he ran into some standing, runoff water. Police say he could not get himself free from the water due to being strapped into his motorized wheelchair.


What channel is Illinois vs. USF on?

"South Florida really got after us last year," Smith said Monday during his weekly press conference. "We did not show up and play good football in all three phases. We are given another opportunity to play better football and compete a lot better than we did last year."We need a great week of practi


‘Things in the works’ reported for Peru Mall

Peru Mall is looking to the future as it goes through some changes.Recently, the mall’s Facebook page asked people what they would like to see move into the mall.The post follows Bergner’s closure two weeks ago. Sears and J.C. Penney closed in 2017, so all of the mall’s flagship stores are gone.


Illinois bicentennial best-of voters picking the state's top scientists

Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi received the 1938 Nobel Prize in physics for identifying new elements and discovering nuclear reactions by his method of nuclear irradiation and bombardment. He was born in Rome, Italy, on September 29, 1901, and died in Chicago, Illinois, on November 28, 1954


Explosion prompts early morning evacuation in Amboy

AMBOY — An early morning explosion at a factory in Amboy prompted an evacuation for residents living around the Crop Production Services facility.Amboy fire chief Jeff Bryant said his department called for an evacuation of anyone living within a two-mile radius of the building, located at 1076 Corri


New Redbird inspired by the musical work of Illinois State faculty member | News - Illinois State

Harrison Collins is a first-year music composition major at Illinois State. The Little Elm, Texas native has played the bassoon for six years and has experience playing the piano and clarinet. Although he has always enjoyed performing, Harrison’s desire to compose is a fairly recent development.


Women in Cannabis are planning to vote on Nov. 6, and not for Rauner

OTTAWA — Carla Williams had a spinal injury as well as fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis and when she grew weary of narcotic painkillers she switched to marijuana — and never mind that it was illegal then.+2Buy Now“I turned to marijuana, and this was before it was illegal, and it’s changed by whol


Drug dealer who turned on Perales gets 2½ years

A former Mendota man was sentenced Wednesday to 2½ years in federal prison for felony drug charges, avoiding more time by agreeing to testify against Constantino Perales.Andrew Strandell, 36, could have faced just under 5 years after pleading guilty in July 2017 to helping sell or distribute 1,260 p


Here comes the boat: Steamboat replica draws attention

A steamboat replica, a large excursion boat operated by American Queen Steamboat Co. out of the St. Louis area, has been drawing plenty of attention this week in the Illinois Valley.The American Queen was in Ottawa early in the week, and the city helped facilitate tours, following Department of Home


Illinois State Police using a unique way to catch distracted drivers

On Thursday, the Illinois State Police are using a semi truck from Newman Carriers, who hope there will be an added emphasis on the dangers distracted driving can bring to the highway, specifically to semi trucks.


1 Cited, No Injuries in Sandwich Crash With Multiple Juveniles

Get the WSPY Newsletter in your inbox every Evening.Sandwich Police say no transports were made in a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday where multiple juveniles were checked for injuries.The accident occurred around 3:05 p.m. on Wednesday at the intersection of Latham St. and Church St.According to a re


Senior's chihuahua missing on Ottawa's South Side

Shirley, 92, is in a nursing home recovering from a broken hip. In the meantime, her chihuahua has been missing since Wednesday night when they moved to senior apartments on the South Side of Ottawa between Kroger and College Avenue from Seneca.


Will County Jail Blotter Sept. 13: Thrilling Thursdays

John Cisneros, 40, Steger, arrested by Joliet Police on charges of aggravated domestic battery causing great bodily harm, domestic battery, reckless driving, reckless conduct and criminal damage to property.