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More documents relating to Van Dyke murder trial released

CHICAGO (AP) — The final documents relating to the murder trial of a white former Chicago police officer in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald have been released. Many of the documents unsealed Wednesday by a Cook County judge had large sections blacked out. However, one

UI: Student charged in noose incident not currently enrolled

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois says a student charged with a hate crime for leaving a noose in a residence hall elevator is no longer enrolled at the school. Champaign County prosecutors allege 19-year-old Andrew Smith of Normal found some rope in an elevator over the weekend

St. Louis Cardinals Illinois license plates now available

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals fans can now show their loyalty on Illinois license plates. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Tuesday that plates with the bird-on-the-bat Cardinals logo may now be ordered. White unveiled the red-and-blue-lettered plate last month at

Charges against ex-Rep. Aaron Schock officially dismissed

CHICAGO (AP) — Corruption charges against former Rep. Aaron Schock have been officially dismissed six months after prosecutors’ surprise announcement they’d struck a deferred prosecution deal with the defense. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly ordered the formal dismissal of

Pedestrian bridge closed for repairs in Ottawa

OTTAWA – A pedestrian bridge over Goose Creek in Ottawa will undergo repairs. Currently, the bridge next to Champlain Street is closed due to deterioration. City Engineer Tom Duttlinger says the underlying issue is a water main attached to the bottom of the pedestrian structure. He says

Yednock attends Vactor Manufacturing plant’s grand opening

  STREATOR – State Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, is touring local businesses throughout the Illinois Valley to discuss the state’s balanced budget along with tax credits that will help businesses grow. He recently toured the new Vactor Manufacturing plant in Streator to attend its

Streator Man Escapes Serious Injury After Train Crash Tuesday

  STREATOR – A man in Streator Tuesday morning escaped serious injury after colliding with a train. The Streator Police Department reported that 36-year Matt Weibel was traveling west on Bridge Street around 9 AM when he crossed the Norfolk Southern tracks near Illinois Street. Weibel