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  • Where there’s smoke, there’s no fire in Sterling

    Firefighters check the roof of the evacuated Dollar Tree store at 4311 E. Lincolnway on Monday afternoon in Sterling. The Sterling Fire Department rec ...
    March 3, 2015 - 9:23 am
  • Breaking in a gift in Sterling

    Olivia Leal, 8, of Sterling tries out a new pair of ice skates for the first time with help from her mom, Mary Rohlik, on Monday afternoon at Thomas P ...
    March 2, 2015 - 10:07 pm
  • 23-year-old Dixon man faces multiple charges

    DIXON – A Dixon man is charged with three counts of aggravated DUI after leading police on a chase that ended in a crash, injuring the driver and thre ...
    March 2, 2015 - 10:25 pm
  • Rock Falls chosen to present at national brownfields event

    ROCK FALLS – Rock Falls has been selected to tell its environmental cleanup story at the National Brownfields 2015 Conference Sept. 2-5 at the Chicago ...
    March 2, 2015 - 10:39 pm
  • AFC eyes reduction in teaching staff

    ASHTON – Seven teachers in the Ashton-Franklin Center School District are on the verge of losing their jobs, and officials will hold a public hearing ...
    March 2, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Polo Scouts collecting food Saturday

    POLO – Cub Scout Pack 337 will collect nonperishable food Saturday for Lifeline Food Pantry.Polo res ...
    March 2, 2015 - 7:53 pm
  • Lee zoning board cancels for March

    DIXON – The Lee County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for Thursday has been canceled.The ...
    March 2, 2015 - 7:53 pm
  • Sterling woman critically hurt in snowmobile crash

    WAUSAU, Wis. – A Sterling woman is in critical condition at a Wisconsin hospital after being injured in a weekend snowmobiling accident.
    March 2, 2015 - 10:39 pm
  • 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.
    March 2, 2015 - 6:21 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.
    March 2, 2015 - 3:05 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 - 5:58 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
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