Local Headlines

Pritzker spending more of his own money on Capitol office

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Billionaire Gov. J.B. Pritzker is financing another government office rehab. The governor’s office announced Friday that the governor’s offices in the state Capitol will be renovated for about $40,000. Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh (a-boo-DAY’-uh) says

Local law enforcement cracking down for Thanksgiving holiday

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Department is partnering with the Illinois State Police for a traffic safety campaign during the holiday weekend. Local law enforcement will be cracking down on impaired, speeding and unbuckled drivers through the holiday weekend. According to the Illinois

Salad product recall over E. coli bacteria impacts 22 states

SWEDESBORO, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says thousands of pounds of salad products are being recalled due to a possible E. coli contamination. The department says Missa Bay, LLC from Swedesboro, New Jersey, is recalling more than 75,000 pounds (34,020 kilograms) of salad

Survey of bankers shows rural economy growing in November

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of bankers suggests the economy continues growing in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, but the ongoing trade disputes continue to hurt the outlook for more growth. The Rural Mainstreet survey’s overall index improved to 54.2 in November from

Illinois reports its fifth death connected to vaping

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A fifth Illinois resident has died after being hospitalized with a vaping-related lung injury. The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday did not release any information about the victim, nor when or where the death occurred. According to the department, 187

Lawsuit alleges McDonald’s puts employees in physical danger

  CHICAGO (AP) — A group of employees from 13 McDonald’s restaurants in Chicago filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the company’s drive for profits puts workers at “daily risk” of physical attack by dangerous customers. In the lawsuit filed in Cook County court, the 17 workers

LaSalle and Putnam counties unemployment lessens

CHICAGO – LaSalle and Putnam counties unemployment rates made a slight decrease in the month of October. According to the Illinois Department of Employment and Security, LaSalle County is 4.2% unemployed, compared to 4.4 in September. Putnam County made the biggest decrease, falling