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School to receive security upgrade

DIXON – The School Board recently signed off on spending more than $100,000 to beef up security at Dixon High School as part of recommendations made following the May school shooting.

Thomson warden gives update on prison progress

FULTON – Thomson prison is set to be fully activated by the end of next year, and one of the warden’s top priorities is getting the employee roster up to 600.

Northern Illinois was home to grand villages

Editor’s note: The weekly Illinois Bicentennial series is brought to you by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors and Illinois Press Association. More than 20 newspapers are creating stories about the state’s history, places and key moments in advance of the Bicentennial on Dec. 3. Stories published up to this date can be found at

Memorial for fallen DCFS worker established at local animal shelter

DIXON – “It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.”

Family sues park district for wrongful death

STERLING – The family of a 10-year-old boy who died after falling from his bike and hitting his head at the skate park is suing the Sterling Park District for wrongful death.

Library adds new program to help promote authors

STERLING – The Sterling Public Library is offering a free program that connects residents with independent authors in an effort to expose local talent and help authors self-publish books.

Field fire near Sterling

Sterling firefighter’s spent part of Saturday afternoon in a field near the corner of Kilgore Road and Mound Hill Roads putting out a field fire.

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