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Multiple Windows Broken; Items Taken in Mendota

  MENDOTA- Multiple storefront windows have been broken in Mendota over the last ten days, and according to authorities a person of interest has been identified. Mendota Police say Wednesday morning they were called to the 800 block of Washington Street for a broken window at a business.

Charge dropped, at least for now, in woman’s fatal fall

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis prosecutors have dismissed a charge filed against a newlywed whose wife was found dead at the bottom of a parking garage near Busch Stadium after a game, but the charge is expected to be re-filed. Bradley Jenkins, a 31-year-old prison guard from Taylorville, Illinois,

Newborn girl safely left at northwestern Indiana baby box

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — The founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes says an infant has been safely left at a new baby box in northwestern Indiana. Monica Kelsey says a baby girl was left Friday in the baby box at Hammond’s Franciscan Health Hospital. The padded, climate-controlled box there

Bureau County board will rebid new law enforcement center

Studstill Media Photo PRINCETON – Bureau County’s board agreed to reject all bids on the new law enforcement center. At Tuesday night’s meeting, Architect Henry Pitner explained that eight companies who bid on the jail project we’re well over their expected price of $11 million.

Social worker sentenced to jail for having sex with patient

  ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — A former social worker at a suburban Chicago mental health center has been sentenced to 180 days in jail after pleading guilty to a sexual misconduct charge involving a patient with a disability. Christy Lenhardt’s plea entered Friday stems from an investigation

Illinois derailment causes fire, evacuations but no one hurt

    DUPO, Ill. (AP) — A freight train believed to be bearing a flammable liquid used in solvents derailed in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis Tuesday, causing a fire that sent thick, black smoke into the air and prompted the evacuation of nearby schools and residences. In a news

Streator council discusses marijuana sales tax

  STREATOR – Streator’s council discussed whether to act on a city sales tax for marijuana on Tuesday. According to City Manager David Plyman, the city just recently received a memo letter from legal council on the matter. Plyman says it’s going to be a learning curve.

Illinois conducts surveys on crime against LGBTQ individuals

CHICAGO (AP) — State officials are conducting a survey on crime against LGBTQ individuals that will help inform how to disperse funding and state and local policies. The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority says research shows LGBTQ individuals experience crimes at a higher rate,