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Farmers still left trying to harvest

UNDATED – Some farmers in LaSalle County are still out on the fields getting harvest wrapped up. As December came around, farmers locally and statewide were hoping to be done by the new year. However, this past month weather has not been in the favor of farmers, leaving most fields too

Otter Creek Wind Farm Project to be completed by end of January

  STREATOR – The Otter Creek Wind Farm Project east of Streator is expected to be completed by the end of the month. Local residents have probably started to see some wind turbines spinning their propellers. According to Paul Copleman of Avangrid Renewables, 22 wind turbines are fully

Judge tosses Illinois teen’s confession in mother’s killing

MORRISON, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois judge has thrown out the confession of a teenage girl accused of fatally shooting her mother. The Whiteside County judge ruled Dec. 16 that Anna Schroeder’s confession was improperly obtained and will not be allowed at her murder trial. Sauk

Ottawa Marijuana Retailer to Expand Hours

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois recreational marijuana sales continues to grow. Legal sales began Wednesday, with customers spending about $3.2 million on the first day. State officials report a little over $10.8 million in cannabis sales over five days. The Ottawa retailer, who at times has had long

New Mendota firefighter sworn in

MENDOTA – A new member of the Mendota fire department was added Monday night to help with a staffing shortage. New firefighter Dalton Huftel was sworn in as a full time firefighter/paramedic. Following the oath, his grandfather received the honor of pinning on his badge.

Police: Fatal shooting follows argument in Janesville

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Police say an argument ended with gunfire that left one man dead on a street in Janesville. Officers responded to a report of shots fired about 5 a.m. Sunday and found a 40-year-old man with a gunshot wound. The victim, identified Monday as James Chestnut III, of