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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.
Illinois small business cuts 6 jobs immediately after $15 minimum wage hike
A vinyl graphics business in southwestern Illinois wasn’t planning to downsize. But the state’s $15 minimum wage hike has forced the owners to cut six jobs. Shane Moore and Tracy Ross tripled their business after buying a local vinyl wrap and graphics shop and rebranding it Fenix 5ive in Wood River,
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.”
OUR VIEW: Too soon to say downtown sales tax is winning idea
THE ISSUE: Ottawa commissioners hesitant on downtown tax. OUR VIEW: No rush on this specific plan, but a good time to be brainstorming. Usually when government bodies are accused of picking winners and losers in the business community, it’s because of a perception they’re giving something away.
Two college programs placed on inactive status
OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College placed its Human Services and Graphic Design Technology programs on inactive status at Thursday’s board meeting due to “unsustainable enrollments.” Trustees approved discontinuing a Human Services Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and certificate,
Funeral scheduled Wednesday for Illinois shooting victim
SHERIDAN, Ill. (AP) — A funeral is set for a 21-year-old college student who was killed on the first day of his internship when an employee opened fire inside an Illinois manufacturing facility.
SWAT Teams Respond To Barricade Situation In Park Manor; Nearby School Locked Down
CHICAGO (CBS) — A South Side elementary school has been locked down, as police surround a Park Manor home, where a man has barricade himself inside after officers responded to a domestic dispute.
Ottawa commissioners hesitant on downtown tax
The Ottawa City Council continued discussion regarding an Ottawa downtown sales tax but a fear of creating uneven pricing across businesses in the city limits left the council divided.
Gov. Pritzker Says Illinois Needs Gun Reform
CHICAGO (CBS)–Since CBS 2 revealed Monday that shooter Gary Martin’s FOID card was revoked, it’s a wonder why he was still in possession of a gun. Aurora police say they could find no record that Illinois State Police notified them about it.
Illinois State Police warn to watch for icy spots as tow trucks work to recover cars
STERLING, Ill. (KWQC) - Illinois State Police officials are reminding commuters to watch for icy spots during wintery conditions. Police posted to Facebook on Wednesday with a photo from Interstate 39. The picture showed a northbound lane that was down to one lane due to a crash. Officials say it wa
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
Crusaders still 6th, Pirates now 9th in AP poll
The Marquette Crusaders stayed put, while the Ottawa Pirates dropped one spot in the penultimate Associated Press Illinois High School Boys Basketball Poll of the 2018-19 season, voted on by a panel of AP sportswriters and broadcasters.
Pro-pipeline protest convoy reaches Ottawa after rolling across country
OTTAWA — A convoy of angry Albertans and other westerners rolled up to Parliament Hill today to protest federal energy and environmental policies. Scores of people gathered in knee-deep snow on the Hill lawn in advance of morning speeches amid concerns the convoy has become a magnet for extremist, a
Want to vote early?
Say hello to Bob Warren of Princeton. He’s an election junkie — one of those guys you’ll find looking at the results on election night at the county clerk’s office. Warren, who served 18 years as Princeton’s Commissioner, has voted early for the past couple of years — a practice begun when he was sc
Ku Klux Klan yearbook photo surfaces on central Illinois campus
URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - A University of Illinois yearbook photo of 22 men, over the title Ku Klux Klan just recently surfaced and though the photograph was taken nearly 100 years ago, it sparked an enormous response online.
Illinois lawmaker puts the brakes on mileage tax proposal
SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would test a mileage tax for vehicles driving on state roads has been tabled, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead. Chicago Democrat Marcus Evans last week filed House Bill 2864, establishing a pilot program for a 2.1-cent tax on every mile a vehicle is driven on state roads.
22-year-old charged in robbery attempt
A 22-year-old Spring Valley resident was charged Monday with robbery after allegedly displaying a gun in the 100 block of East Erie Street, demanding property in then fleeing without taking anything, according to Spring Valley police.
Flames engulf home in Walnut, Illinois
WALNUT, Illinois — Fire fighters battled a house fully engulfed in flames on Feb. 20. A viewer sent News 8 photos of the fire. She said it happened on Whitver Street and started around 2:30 a.m.
ON BOWLING: DeMoss in Ottawa, Simmons in Marseilles both top 700
Matt DeMoss in Ottawa and Moe Simmons in Marseilles each topped 700 — DeMoss at 704, Simmons at 702 — in league play, with the top women’s scores including Lexi Lawry’s 554 and Joyce Thomas’ 542.
LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office
At 3:05 p.m. on Feb. 16, deputies investigated a single-vehicle accident at 458 Route 351 in LaSalle Township. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Paul Lutes-Bird, of 104 N. Peru Ave. in Ladd, was westbound on Route 351 when, for an unknown reason, he entered the north shoulder of the roa