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Mendota teachers meet with district, Friday

MENDOTA – Mendota teachers are meeting at 4 p.m., Friday in an attempt to settle labor disputes with District 289. The parties will been at Mendota High School.The Mendota District 289 School board met Thursday night for their monthly meeting, and although current negotiations with the

Streator Business Trick-or-Treating this weekend

STREATOR – Streator’s downtown businesses will host their annual trick-or-treat event this weekend. Trick-or-treaters can roam the business district and stop by nearly 50 participating businesses for goodies on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Event coordinator Toni Petit says

Doctor who kept fetuses is vilified in life and death

CHICAGO (AP) — Dr. Ulrich Klopfer competed so avidly in the 1970s to perform the most abortions each day at a Chicago clinic that it was said he would set his coffee aside, jump to his feet in the break room and rush to the operating table whenever his chief rival in the macabre derby walked

Chicago teachers’ strike sidelines athletes, future hopes

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A strike by school teachers in Chicago has spread from the picket line to the playing field. Thousands of high school athletes, shut out of class for more than a week, are arguing, rallying and even filing lawsuits for the chance to compete in post-season play.

Ex-cop accused in Laquan McDonald cover-up gets record wiped

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police detective who was acquitted of a cover-up in the 2014 fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old will have the accusation expunged from his record. Cook County Circuit Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. on Thursday approved the petition filed by David March to expunge the

New Illinois State Capitol architect to continue renovations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The new architect of the Illinois State Capitol says she wants to continue the renovation of the historic statehouse, preserve most of the surrounding buildings and make all the structures more sustainable. Andrea Aggertt of Newton started her new position this week.