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Illinois gets federal grant to improve maternal health

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is getting $450,000 in federal funds to improve maternal health and reduce the number of women and babies who die during or shortly after pregnancy. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth say the Illinois Department of Public Health will use the

Ottawa woman charged with possession of purported cocaine

  OTTAWA – An Ottawa woman has been charged with possession of purported cocaine after an alleged traffic violation on Friday. According to the Ottawa Police Department, 52-year-old Terry Lynn Farrell was arrested after a vehicle she was driving was stopped by police in the 500 block

Post office named for Illinois solider killed in Afghanistan

ALPHA, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois post office has been named in honor of a 26-year-old soldier who died while serving in Afghanistan. The Alpha Post Office was formally named the Capt. Joshua E. Steele Post Office during a ceremony last week. Steele was raised on his family farm in North

Illinois Conservation Foundation names new director

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Conservation Foundation has named Crystal Curfman its executive director. The organization that raises money to protect and enhance wildlife and its habitat made the announcement last week. Curfman had served as managing partner of Curfman Group, a real

Pair of Fires in Depue Kept Responders Busy Labor Day

  DEPUE – Multiple agencies swarmed into the Bureau County community of Depue during the Labor Day holiday for a pair of unrelated structure fires. The first was a five alarm blaze in the 1100 block of Marquette Street around 1 PM, the second after 3 PM in the 12000 block of 2775th

No Injuries After Cheese Trailer Burns Saturday

LOSTANT – An early Saturday morning call to I-39 for a trailer fire left a mess until dawn along the interstate of burnt cheese. Lostant and Wenona Fire Departments extinguished the blaze at the Route 18 interchange. No injuries were reported.