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City rebids canal water project and is still taking donations

City rebids canal water project and is still taking donations

As Ottawa City Hall prepares to advertise for bids again for the canal water project, Mayor Bob Eschbach says donations are still coming in. The rest of the project requires drilling a well, putting in concrete for the bicycle path under the Illinois 23 bridges, and waterproofing the canal. Bids came in at more than…

County rescinds employee photo ID badge policy

County rescinds employee photo ID badge policy

LaSalle County’s machine that makes photo ID cards for employees is broken and there’s no money to replace it. So the County Board last week rescinded a five-year old policy requiring employees to have their ID cards on them at work. Board Chairman Jerry Hicks feels the cards are a good idea. But he thinks…

Reddick Public Library updating smoking policy

Reddick Public Library updating smoking policy

The Reddick Public Library is adding to its rules on smoking. Director Molly DeBernardi says one change is to ban smoking e-cigarettes. Patrons who do smoke will need to do so at the corner of Canal and Washington streets. Debernadi says the policy will go into effect once the library receives its outdoor smoking receptacle…

Downtown Ottawa parking time extended

Downtown Ottawa parking time extended

Two-hour parking signs in downtown Ottawa have been changed to three-hour parking signs. Mayor Bob Eschbach says business owners asked for the change. With more to do in downtown Ottawa, business owners want potential customers to stay longer and not feel rushed to move their cars or leave altogether. A parking enforcement officer is still…

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ROUNDUP: Serena ousted in regional quarterfinal

ROUNDUP: Serena ousted in regional quarterfinal

BOYS BASKETBALL Earlville 57, Serena 49 HINCKLEY – Jakob Setchell scored 27 points for the seventh-seeded Huskers (14-15), who were ousted from the postseason in Monday night’s IHSA Class 1A Hinckley-Big Rock Regional quarterfinals. The No. 9 Red Raiders advance to play No. 1 Newark in the semifinals Wednesday night. VOLLEYBALL Marquette splits at Waltham…

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Alex DeBrincat had three goals and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 8-7 for their ninth win in 11 games. Patrick Kane scored his 36th goal and added two assists to extend his point streak to 18 games _ the longest by a player in…

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Ottawa, Marquette both win outright conference championships

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Ottawa, Marquette both win outright conference championships

BOYS BASKETBALL Ottawa 49, Sterling 33 OTTAWA – Ottawa clinched the outright Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division title with Friday’s win on Hall of Fame Night. Myles Tucker led the Pirates (22-2, 11-1) with 16 points. Wyatt Hill chipped in 10 points and six assists. Marquette 58, Seneca 56 OTTAWA – Jack Snook…

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Feds investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending threatening letter sent to ‘Empire’ studios addressed to him

Feds investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending threatening letter sent to ‘Empire’ studios addressed to him

tupungato/iStock(CHICAGO) — The FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service are currently investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending a threatening letter addressed to him at “Empire’s” Chicago studio prior to the alleged attack, two federal officials confirm to ABC News.The accusation, made by the two brothers who were persons of interest, has…

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Who is Jeffrey Rosen, the new pick for deputy attorney general?

Who is Jeffrey Rosen, the new pick for deputy attorney general?

robertcicchetti/iStock(WASHINGTON) — After a turbulent two years for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, caught in the middle of President Donald Trump’s ire over special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-related investigation, who is the man Trump is nominating to replace Rosenstein?His name is Jeffrey Rosen, and he’s already the number-two at another federal agency, the Transportation Department.…

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Antonio Brown, Steelers president, agree it is ‘time to move on’

Antonio Brown, Steelers president, agree it is ‘time to move on’

iStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who has had nine wildly successful seasons with the organization, says he and the team have decided to “move on.”Brown posted a picture with his arm around the shoulder of Steelers president, Art Rooney II, writing:”we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on…

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7-year-old’s hot chocolate stand raises $5K for Trump’s border wall

7-year-old’s hot chocolate stand raises $5K for Trump’s border wall

manyakotic/iStock(AUSTIN) — A young Texas boy has raised thousands of dollars to support President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with his hot chocolate stand.Austin resident Shane Stevens posted a Facebook video of his son, Benton, manning his hot chocolate stand in a parking lot next to a gas station on Saturday afternoon.”So, what are we…

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Ariana Grande makes a surprise stop on ‘The Late Late Show’

Ariana Grande makes a surprise stop on ‘The Late Late Show’

Terence Patrick/CBSAriana Grande made a surprise visit to The Late Late Show with James Corden Tuesday night, much to the delight of some unsuspecting guests. Ariana came out unannounced and sang with the TNT Boys, an adorable boy band trio from the Philippines who previously performed at James Corden’s other hosting gig, The World’s Best. The boys…