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LaSalle County Board Holds Off On Cannabis Decision

OTTAWA – LaSalle County Board placed on file the Zoning Board of Appeals’ recommendation to ban the sale of cannabis in unincorporated areas on Tuesday. The Zoning Board voted 4-3 to prohibit the sale at Monday’s meeting, but the board won’t officially vote to approve or reject the

High wind warning of up to 60 mph gusts

OTTAWA – Travelers catching flights at area airports during the Thanksgiving holiday are likely to be impacted by a high wind warning. According to the National Weather Service, Northern Illinois and surrounding areas are under a high wind warning that goes into affect Wednesday at 3 a.m.

Peru approves slight tax increase

PERU – Peru’s city council approved a tax levy increase to raise contributions to their police and fire pensions. The 4.9% increase in the tax levy will cover just over $780,000 of the $2 million the city is slated to pay over the next year. According to City Finance Officer Justin

Authorities identify men charged after horses found dead

MARENGO, Ill. (AP) — Authorities have identified two men charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after two horses were found dead and five others severely malnourished in northern Illinois. Media outlets Tuesday that 45-year-old Jose Hidalgo of Elgin and 21-year-old Johnathan Herrera of Harvard

State to crackdown on illegal parking in handicapped spaces

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials are reminding holiday shoppers in Illinois not to park in handicapped-accessible spaces. Media outlets report Tuesday that a state-wide wide crackdown on illegal parking will start Friday at shopping malls and shopping centers. It will continue

4 health company executives accused in $1B fraud scheme

CHICAGO (AP) — Four former executives of a Chicago-based health-information company are accused in a $1 billion fraud scheme. An indictment unsealed Monday in Chicago federal court says Outcome Health billed clients for full ad campaigns when only some ads were placed. The company allegedly

Man charged in weekend death of UIC student

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a man who lived near the University of Illinois at Chicago campus has been charged in the strangulation of a student. The body of 19-year-old Ruth George of Berwyn was found in a campus parking lot over the weekend. The Cook County medical examiner says an