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State Senate President Cullerton to retire in January

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic state Senate President John Cullerton announced Thursday that he’s stepping down from the Illinois Legislature. His retirement will be effective sometime in January and he’s fulfilling a promise to his wife, Pam, Cullerton said in a statement. “So now,

Illinois health officials confirm 4th vaping-related death

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A fourth Illinois resident has died after being hospitalized with a vaping-related lung injury. The Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold on Thursday declined to give the age of the victim or the time or location of the death, citing privacy

Chicago canal to close at times next week for mapping work

CHICAGO (AP) — A section of a Chicago-area canal that forms part of the waterway linking Lake Michigan with the Illinois River will be closed at times next week. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal will be shut down in the vicinity of an electric barrier

State Senate President Cullerton to retire in January

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic state Senate President John Cullerton announced Thursday that he’s stepping down from the Illinois Legislature. His retirement will be effective sometime in January and he’s fulfilling a promise to his wife, Pam, Cullerton said in a statement. “So now,

Informational mural coming to Heritage Park in Streator

STREATOR – Heritage Park in Streator will be getting an information mural. The 48 inch high, 24 inch wide pedestal was created by local artist Ray Paseka to serve as an informational plaque. Steve Broadus says the money that went towards the mural was donated by a number of a people and

Spring Valley man faces bench trial in February

PRINCETON – A Spring Valley man charged with murder will face a bench trial. 37-year-old Eddie L. Mentgen is charged with first degree murder for his alleged involvement in the April homicide of 28-year-old Marissa Roberts. Thursday afternoon at the Bureau County Courthouse in Princeton,