At least two lawmakers are asking the Illinois Department of Transportation to meet with the public Tuesday night at Sandwich City Hall. It’s to talk about a project to make U.S. 34 a four-lane highway from Sandwich to Plano.
The property is 570 acres south of the river by the water tower near Seneca. The city council passed an ordinance Wednesday night to expand the enterprise zone to include that area.
St. Rep. Jill Tracy from the Quincy area says a decade ago, she might have joined those calling for the elimination of the Lieutenant Governor’s job. Now, she’s asking for that job as gubernatorial candidate St. Sen. Kirk Dillard’s running mate.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t need to form a rural water district or pipe water in from Ottawa to serve Wedron. In October and November, the agency drilled eight new deep wells for Wedron residents who had benzene contamination in their wells.
The City of Marseilles has an idea for how to save some money. Finance Commissioner Bob Davis would like to get as many people as possible to sign up to get and pay their water bills online.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security says 9.9% of LaSalle County residents who wanted jobs didn’t have them in September.
An athletic park, defining the west edge of downtown, and a new waterfront attraction for Ottawa are going into the update.
If you own a home in Marseilles worth $100,000, your property taxes are going up about $15. The Marseilles City Council approved next year’s $1.1 million property tax levy last night, down about $90,000 from this year.
Some Wedron homes have been given lower property tax valuations because of benzene in drinking water wells. But people who had no contamination worry the lower value falsely signals a problem.
Demolition is getting underway this week on the last of the homes in the center Ottawa flats. Public Property Commissioner Dan Aussem says other remnants of the old neighborhood are still there.
Ottawa City Council members put on file a $4.9 million property tax levy Tuesday night for the next fiscal year.
State Senator Sue Rezin says the pension bill the General Assembly approved Tuesday night isn’t her idea of an ideal bill. Also read here how the area's other lawmakers voted on it.
There are four navigators at the LaSalle County Health Department ready to help people enroll in the Affordable Care Act.
The seventh annual Alzheimer’s Association hand blown ornament to support the association’s programs in central Illinois is for sale. Spokeswoman Janet Veach says it’s a $30 ornament available at the Alzheimer’s Association’s three offices.
Democrats will have a primary face-off in the LaSalle County Treasurer’s race in March. And a man who lost a sheriff's race before is running again.
At least one change is guaranteed on the LaSalle County Board next year. Douglas Trager of Ottawa filed papers to run as a Democrat in the 19th District, represented now by David Van Duzer. Van Duzer, also a Democrat, is not asking for reelection.
Ottawa fire fighters think an electrical problem caused a fire that ruined a shed and rabbit hutch on the south side Monday night.
The Sheridan Zoning Board will decide Wednesday night next week whether to recommend a special use permit for Branko Vardijan to grind up and recycle cement board and tires east of the village.
Tom Demmer filed his paperwork in the Illinois House 90th District race Monday.
A Streator truck driver hopes to unseat longtime Illinois House member Frank Mautino.
Grundy County Land Use Director, Heidi Miller, says for the most part, if it has a cord, they’ll take it.
A farm may be taking root next spring at Illinois Valley Community College. Sociology instructor Jared Olesen, advisor to the student organization IVSustainability, says the group is looking to organically farm a half-acre on the south edge of campus.
The Red Cross says blood donations drop this time of year, even though the need for them doesn’t. There are several blood drives in LaSalle County this week.
The Ottawa Sunrise Rotary Club float was filled with 327 toys and 186 books at Friday night’s Festival of Lights parade in Ottawa.
The gay marriage bill the Illinois legislature approved two weeks ago didn’t get St. Rep. Frank Mautino’s support. The Spring Valley Democrat says he’s been against changing the definition of marriage for a long time.