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Woman arrested for residential burglary in Ottawa

  OTTAWA – A woman is in custody after a residential burglary in Ottawa on Monday. According to the Ottawa Police Department at 7:30 p.m. they were called to the 200 block of Cactus Street for a report of residential burglary where medication was reportedly taken. After further

Big crowds, possible closures expected at Starved Rock

UTICA, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is urging visitors to some of northern Illinois’ most popular state parks to arrive early and plan for longer travel times this holiday weekend. IDNR officials say Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks are expecting some

Man guilty of murder in fight with wife over coffee maker

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man accused of fatally shooting his wife in a fight over a coffee maker has been found guilty of second-degree murder. Media outlets report that 69-year-old Larry Lotz, of Barrington, showed no emotion Wednesday as Lake County Circuit Judge Daniel

Perdue says Trump will act to soften ethanol-waiver impact

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary S onny Perdue said Wednesday that President Donald Trump plans to soften the blow to farmers after his administration allowed some small oil refineries to avoid ethanol requirements. Speaking to farmers and agribusiness leaders in Decatur, Perdue

Girl dies after temporary walls fall at Chicago-area store

  ORLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Police say a 2-year-old died after two temporary steel walls toppled onto her as she played at a suburban Chicago mall. Orland Park’s police chief told reporters Wednesday that Alexandra Martinez had been playing with four siblings at an Akira store in

Perdue to visit Illinois amid farmer anger at administration

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is set to visit Illinois amid rising tensions between farmers and President Donald Trump’s administration. Perdue’s visit on Wednesday begins in Decatur at an Ag Policy Summit hosted by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, an Illinois

Illinois governor signs law on corporate board diversity

CHICAGO (AP) — A proposal aimed at improving the representation of women and minorities on corporate boards in Illinois has been signed into law. Publicly-traded companies must now report the demographics of their boards and plans for promoting diversity to the Illinois Secretary of