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Public gets to comment on Thornton Park improvement in meeting at the park

Public gets to comment on Thornton Park improvement in meeting at the park

People who want to suggest changes at Ottawa’s Thornton Park will get the chance to point out what they’re talking about at the park. The city has hired Upland Design to take public input this Thursday, July 25 from 5pm to 6:30pm at Thornton Park. It’s part of grant application preparation. The city will apply…

Ottawa changing outside auditing firm

Ottawa changing outside auditing firm

There’ll be a change in outside auditors for Ottawa City Hall. Treasurer Don Harris says Roenfeldt and Lockas, which has done the city’s annual auditors for many years, is involved in preparing some of the documents to be audited. For a truly independent audit to review whether the documents are being prepared properly, another firm…

Peru mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

Peru mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

Some mosquitoes in Peru are carrying West Nile Virus. The LaSalle County Health Department says the sample collected Thursday provided the first positive test for the virus in the county this year. Dead birds of certain species are also being tested. So are people who show possible West Nile Virus symptoms. Those symptoms include fever,…

July peak month for fires caused by grills

July peak month for fires caused by grills

If you plan on grilling this summer the Ottawa Fire Dept. is asking that you keep safety in mind. Lt. Chris Saar says that means making sure gas grills are turned off when the cooking is done and charcoal is extinguished. Saar also says to keep lit grills at least three feet away from objects,…

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Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — It’s never too early for some Ohio State-Michigan sniping. Hours after Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh took a swipe at former Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer’s legacy, Ohio State defensive end Jonathon Cooper played along. Cooper was asked about new co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, who spent 13 seasons under different coaches at Michigan, including…

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish tossed six innings of two-hit, shutout ball to finally earn his first win at Wrigley Field as a Cub and lead Chicago past the Cincinnati Reds 5-2. Kris Bryant and Addison Russell homered for the only hits off Sonny Gray as Chicago won for the fifth time in six games.…

Ottawa Recreation July 22-26

Ottawa Recreation July 22-26

Ottawa Recreation’s sevent and final week will feature the Ottawa Recreation Game Carnival, which will take place Wednesday, July 24, from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. at Rigden Park.  The carnival consists of various sidewalk games that kids can play for 10 cents each.  Bring the kids for a fun, inexpensive afternoon!  If it rains on Wednesday,…

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Records fall as last day of heat wave bakes Midwest, East Coast

Records fall as last day of heat wave bakes Midwest, East Coast

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Ninety-four million people in parts of 23 states remain under excessive heat warnings and heat advisories on Sunday as one last day of scorching temperatures hits the Midwest and East Coast.Sunday is the last day of oppressive heat, with many places in the Upper Midwest already feeling cooler Sunday morning after…

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Pete Buttigieg: White supremacy could be ‘issue that ends this country’

Pete Buttigieg: White supremacy could be ‘issue that ends this country’

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — All of the Democratic presidential candidates have condemned Donald Trump’s racist comments directed at four congresswomen last week, and the chants of “send her back” directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar at a rally a day later, but Pete Buttigieg took it a step further on Saturday.Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend,…

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Lufthansa, British Airways suddenly suspend all flights to Cairo as ‘precaution’

Lufthansa, British Airways suddenly suspend all flights to Cairo as ‘precaution’

studioEAST/Getty Images(LONDON) — The British government issued a travel warning for Egypt on Saturday citing a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation,” as British Airways and German carrier Lufthansa suspended flights to Cairo as a security “precaution.” British Airways flights were suspended for seven days, while Lufthansa flights will resume on Sunday. “There’s a heightened…

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‘Veronica Mars’ season four is streaming now, launches one week early on Hulu

‘Veronica Mars’ season four is streaming now, launches one week early on Hulu

Hulu(SAN DIEGO) — Here’s a plot twist worthy of the show itself: Veronica Mars season four is now available on Hulu, one week ahead of schedule. The show’s star, Kristen Bell, announced the surprise news at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. During the Veronica Mars panel, Bell declared that she wanted Hulu to release all…

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