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  • Cullerton says time to hit 'reset' on state budget talks

    CHICAGO (AP) — Senate President John Cullerton said it's time to "hit the reset button" on budget talks and challenged Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on ...
    July 22, 2015 - 4:12 pm
  • Disaster declaration sought to help flooded Illinois farmers

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Officials with the USDA in Illinois say they'll seek a federal disaster declaration to make farmers eligible for assistance with fl ...
    July 22, 2015 - 12:49 pm
  • Illinois budget impasse means work stops on NIU building

    DEKALB (AP) — The state's budget troubles mean construction has stopped on a $27.4 million classroom building at Northern Illinois University.
    July 22, 2015 - 12:48 pm
  • Grateful Dead concerts meant Chicago raked in hotel taxes

    CHICAGO (AP) — City of Chicago officials say the Grateful Dead's set of final concerts over the Fourth of July weekend brought in more than $431,000 i ...
    July 22, 2015 - 12:48 pm
  • Entries sought for Depot Days parade in Amboy

    AMBOY – “Heroes and Champions” is this year’s theme for the Amboy Depot Days Parade at 3 p.m. Aug. 29.
    July 22, 2015 - 6:14 pm
  • Ogle County Fair to feature live acts, traditional favorites

    OREGON – The 162nd Ogle County Fair will continue its tradition of family-oriented activities and prices next week.
    July 22, 2015 - 8:24 pm
  • Polo boy, 12, charged with sex assault

    POLO – A 12-year-old Polo boy was taken into custody last week on two charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault, one a Class X felony and the othe ...
    July 22, 2015 - 11:42 am
  • IndyCar driver not letting diabetes stop him

    As a race car driver, Charlie Kimball never wants to put on the brakes. So when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2007, he wasn’t about to let ...
    July 22, 2015 - 10:43 am
  • Lee County Administrator hunt begins

    DIXON – For the first time in its history, Lee County is – officially – on the hunt for a county administrator. 
    July 22, 2015 - 10:39 am
  • Work begins on new Ace store in Oregon

    OREGON – The new Ace Hardware store took a step forward last week with the demolition of a home that stood in the way.
    July 22, 2015 - 11:41 am
  • Council approves $4 million spending cushion in Rock Falls

    ROCK FALLS – The council unanimously passed an appropriations ordinance Tuesday that gave the city a nearly $4 million spending cushion.
    July 21, 2015 - 8:44 pm
  • Main Scoop: Summer is busiest time of year for superintendents

    STERLING – Sterling Superintendent Tad Everett compared the summer months of the school year to an off-season in baseball.
    July 21, 2015 - 8:25 pm
  • Community members help shuck corn in Rock Falls

    David Chavira, of Rock Falls, husks an ear of corn Tuesday at Poci's Market for the Rock Falls Rotary Corn Boil. The corn boil will run from 11 a.m.-7 ...
    July 21, 2015 - 8:49 pm
  • Sterling Park District passes deficit budget

    STERLING – When is being in the red more like breaking even? When a donation becomes an expense. Tha ...
    July 22, 2015 - 12:25 pm
  • Dateline Dixon: The makings of a super council member

    Mayor Li Arellano Jr. said Dixon has “a number of talented leaders” to choose from as the city moves to replace Jesse Arjes, who resigned from the cou ...
    July 22, 2015 - 12:45 pm
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