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  • District redesign project underway

    AMBOY – The Illinois Farm Bureau recently announced its support of the Independent Map Amendment coalition, a group seeking an Illinois constitutiona ...
    Aug. 29, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • Oregon woman to serve on board

    EAST PEORIA – Hana Hinkle, assistant director of the Rural Health Workforce Development-National Center for Rural Health Professions, recently was ele ...
    Aug. 29, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • Counters needed at Apple River

    APPLE RIVER – The public is welcome to join Terrence N. Ingram, president of the Eagle Nature Foundation, to count birds from dusk to dawn Sept. 12 a ...
    Aug. 29, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • Cookout part of kids fishing day

    THOMSON – Registration is underway for the Kids Fishing Day on Frog Pond at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, 7071 Riverv ...
    Aug. 29, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • Quilters plan Thursday show

    PRINCETON – The Covered Bridge Quilters Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Evangelical Covenant Church, 24 N. Main St.
    Aug. 29, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • Support group meets Monday

    ROCK FALLS – Celebrate Recovery will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at New Hope Baptist Church, 902 W. 12th St.
    Aug. 29, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • Lottery winners don't get largesse, but get left out

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren't getting the largesse. They're getting left out.
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 8:51 pm
  • State to court: Can’t do the ‘impossible’ on paying

    CHICAGO (AP) – The state of Illinois asked a federal judge Friday not to hold it in contempt for missing a recent court-ordered deadline to pay servic ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 8:54 pm
  • School-paid teacher pension payments not uncommon

    STERLING – Local school districts for decades have helped certified personnel pay their teacher retirement contributions as part of the employees' con ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 5:07 pm
  • Officials praise new amnesty law for underage drinkers who call 911

    OREGON – A new law signed this week by Gov. Bruce Rauner could have life-saving repercussions. It's ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 4:47 pm
  • THE PEOPLE'S VOICE: Meet me at the Wallace Street reunion

    Imagine driving into Sterling from the west on Lincoln Highway. From blocks away, you can smell fresh tortillas and beans. Dozens of children are shri ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 5:47 pm
  • 'It was beautiful': 82-year-old Sterling resident skydives, celebrates youth

    STERLING – Former President George H.W. Bush and Sterling resident Salvador Velazquez have something in common: both have stood at the edge of an open ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 2:32 pm
  • Cash-strapped Illinois: Can't do 'impossible' on payments

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has asked a federal judge not to hold it in contempt for failing to meet a court-ordered deadline to pay social services provi ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 1:43 pm
  • Hardware store changes hands in Forreston

    FORRESTON – Forreston Hardware is now Koeller Forreston Hardware. Owner Monty Cotter sold the store at state Routes 72 and 26 to Gary and Jane Koeller ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 1:20 pm
  • Little Sprouts in Lanark expands its evening hours

    LANARK – The new Little Sprouts Daycare and Preschool will be adding hours to accommodate Thomson federal prison employees who work the second shift.
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 2:28 pm
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    Reader Poll

    An 82-year-old Sterling man recently parachuted from a plane for the first time. Would you ever skydive?
    Yes, I've never done it but would try it
    Yes, I've already skydived and enjoy it
    No, I've never done it and don't want to
    No, I've done it and don't want to again