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  • Demmer on task force to study local government mergers

    State Rep. Tom Demmer has been named to a state task force that will study local government consolidation and unfunded mandates.
    NEW: March 2, 2015 - 2:44 pm
  • Area medical marijuana cultivation center headed to Hillcrest

    DIXON – A medical marijuana cultivation center that was supposed to open in Dixon will instead open in Ogle County – and with a different company.
    NEW: March 2, 2015 - 2:44 pm
  • Consumer debt, identity theft top Illinois consumer gripes

    CHICAGO (AP) — Consumer debt issues and identity theft topped the list of complaints to the Illinois attorney general's office in 2014.
    March 2, 2015 - 11:40 am
  • After calling 911, 22-year-old dies in Ashton fire; father, friend, escape

    ASHTON – A 22-year-old man who called 911 to report a house fire later was found dead inside the home, the Lee County sheriff said in a news release.
    March 2, 2015 - 12:25 pm
  • Business partnerships help students into workforce

    BLOOMINGTON (AP) – Anthony Vinson might be the only high school senior in central Illinois who’s already found his second calling.
    March 1, 2015 - 9:23 pm
  • Rauner budget could mean fewer Amtrak trains

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed state budget would cut 40 percent from Illinois’ fun ...
    March 1, 2015 - 9:22 pm
  • Illinois hunters, outdoorsmen hope for ally in Rauner

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Illinois hunters and outdoors enthusiasts see Gov. Bruce Rauner as a potential new ally in Springfield.
    March 1, 2015 - 9:21 pm
  • Peoria police expand use of gunshot detection technology

    PEORIA (AP) – Peoria police have plans to expand use of a gunshot detection system that officers have said makes them more efficient.
    March 2, 2015 - 9:23 am
  • Budget shortfall could mean delays for felony cases

    DIXON – Unless legislators in Springfield can figure out an answer before March 31, the state will run out of money to pay court reporters statewide.
    March 1, 2015 - 8:53 pm
  • Fire displaces Amboy family

    AMBOY – No one was seriously injured in a fire that broke out in a kitchen Saturday afternoon at 8 N. Jones Ave. in Amboy.
    March 1, 2015 - 8:50 pm
  • Demmer bill aims to increase capital for Illinois small businesses

    DIXON – A bill making its way through the Illinois General Assembly could make it easier for small businesses or startups to raise capital.
    March 1, 2015 - 8:45 pm
  • Finest, bravest treated to fine dining in Dixon

    Lee County Sheriff John Simonton and Dixon Rural Assistant Chief Nancy Mercer attend Liberty Court's First Responders brunch Saturday morning in Dixon ...
    March 1, 2015 - 5:37 pm
  • Wrestlers raise funds for Ashton teen grappling with cancer

    MWA wrestler Vash Heartly works the crowd Saturday night at Mills & Petrie gymnasium in Ashton. The professional wrestling outfit put on the fundraisi ...
    March 1, 2015 - 9:13 pm
  • Speaker will present Good Neighbor Care program on Wednesday

    STERLING – A presentation on Good Neighbor Care in Sterling will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St.
    March 1, 2015 - 6:07 pm
  • Yard waste pickup to resume next week in Sterling

    STERLING – The city’s curbside collection of yard waste will resume March 9.Yard waste will be colle ...
    March 1, 2015 - 6:07 pm
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