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A tiff and a TIF: County Board member takes issue with Ottawa’s request

A tiff and a TIF: County Board member takes issue with Ottawa’s request

Ottawa is getting more approvals from other local governments for extending the life of the Downtown Tax Increment Financing District. The County Board approved it Thursday. The city will let 51% of new taxes paid because of development in the district go to the taxing districts like normal along with 100% of taxes paid on…

Streator approves housing strategy document

Streator approves housing strategy document

Streator’s city manager says the recently approved Community Revitalization Housing Strategy isn’t actually anything new. For a few years, Streator has worked on improving housing. City Manager Scot Wrighton says the city has sought grants to tear down dilapidated homes and obtained loans for housing rehabilitation. The city’s comprehensive plan approved in 2014 includes an…

Dennis Brue to be inducted into OHS Hall of Fame

Dennis Brue to be inducted into OHS Hall of Fame

Denny Brue, of the Ottawa High School class of 1970, is being inducted into the Hall of Fame Saturday. He’s the first state championship athlete from OHS. Brue won the state pole vaulting championship the same year he graduated. He continued in athletics in college and eventually became a teacher and coach. Brue also ran…

Local St. Rep. against minimum wage hike

Local St. Rep. against minimum wage hike

Dixon Republican Tom Demmer spoke against the minimum wage hike approved in the Illinois House Thursday. He says won’t just hurt businesses. Meanwhile, Gov. JB Prtizker is praising the Illinois House for passing the bill. He says it will give many Illinoisans more to spend and therefore help the economy. The bill increases the $8.25…

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THURSDAY ROUNDUP: Seneca’s Beene advances to State Wrestling semifinals

THURSDAY ROUNDUP: Seneca’s Beene advances to State Wrestling semifinals

WRESTLING Seneca’s Beene into State semifinals CHAMPAIGN – Jackson Beene of Seneca won both of his matches at 152 pounds to move into the semifinals at the IHSA Class 1A State Tournament. Beene defeated Reiley Dowd of Rock Falls by a 15-7 decision, then pinned J.D. Sexton of St. Thomas More in the quarterfinals. He…

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane scored his 34th goal and added two assists to lead Chicago to a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils for the Blackhawks’ eighth victory in nine games. Brandon Saad and Artem Anisimov each had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Toews and Drake Caggiula also scored for the…

ROUNDUP: Ottawa clinches share of NIB12 West title

ROUNDUP: Ottawa clinches share of NIB12 West title

BOYS BASKETBALL Ottawa runs winning streak to five, clinches share of NIB12 West crown OTTAWA – Wyatt Hill scored nine of his game-high 15 points in the first quarter Wednesday, and Ottawa never trailed in a 56-37 win over Yorkville that clinched at least a share of the final NIB12 West championship. Tyler Carson added…

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Special counsel supports hefty prison term for onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort

Special counsel supports hefty prison term for onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —  Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office agreed that onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s financial crimes warrant a prison sentence of 19-24 years, but stops short of taking a position of their own on a suggested prison term under federal guidelines. “The government agrees with the guidelines analysis in the Presentence Investigation…

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Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid resolve collusion grievances with NFL

Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid resolve collusion grievances with NFL

Paul Marotta/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A Fformer San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid have settled their collusion grievances against the NFL, according to a joint statement released by the players and the league. “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an…

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After a month-long fast, church pays off $100,000 in debt for 34 college students

After a month-long fast, church pays off $100,000 in debt for 34 college students

subjug/iStock(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) — A group of 34 college seniors set to graduate in May had their student debts paid off thanks to a local church that raised more than $100,000 during a month-long fast.Mya Thompson, a senior at Howard University, was one of the 34 students at the Washington, D.C., college who had their debts…

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The truth is out there: David Duchovny takes his music overseas

The truth is out there: David Duchovny takes his music overseas

Photo: Sean Mcglynn(NEW YORK) — X-Files actor, director, and author David Duchovny recently released his second album, Every Third Thought, and is currently on tour overseas in support of it. After dates in the States, he and his band played Moscow, St. Petersburg, Bucharest, Budapest, and Vienna last week. Duchovny plays Poland tonight, followed by…

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Metallica’s WorldWired tour passes $150 million

Metallica’s WorldWired tour passes $150 million

ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica is hardwired…to make a whole lot of money. The metal legends’ WorldWired tour, in support of the 2016 album Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, has now grossed over $150 million, Billboard reports. The international trek, which first launched in 2016, has sold close to 1.6 million tickets. In total, Metallica has grossed more than $600 million from…