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St. Rep. Demmer appointed to leadership post

St. Rep. Demmer appointed to leadership post

St. Rep. Tom Demmer has been named the number two person in the House Republican Caucus. Demmer is the new Deputy House Minority Leader. He’s from Dixon and represents the 90th District which includes the northern part of LaSalle County.

Tiff over TIFs simmering in LaSalle County

Tiff over TIFs simmering in LaSalle County

Some LaSalle County Board members think 44 tax increment financing districts in the county are too may or that some of the TIFs are being misused. In a TIF, the additional property taxes that are paid on a piece of land because of development are diverted into other uses. That bothers school districts that operate…

Ottawa museum needs volunteers

Ottawa museum needs volunteers

The Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum could use more docents. Those are volunteers who staff the museum, telling visitors about the items on display, answering other questions, and handling gift store sales. Executive Director Mollie Perrot says if you like talking to people about people and things from long ago, being a docent might…

Long time Red Cross volunteer awarded

Long time Red Cross volunteer awarded

The American Red Cross has given Steve Swett the Wesbury Award for his 31 years of volunteering. Swett has been a part time instructor at Illinois Valley Community College and he’s an advisor to the IVCC Red Cross Club. Nursing Instructor Laura Hodgson says Swett is a force to be reckoned with when it comes…

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Illinois Sports 7/15/18

Illinois Sports 7/15/18

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jon Lester won for the eighth time in nine starts, Jason Heyward drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs swept the San Diego Padres with a 7-4 win. The Cubs jumped to a 5-0 lead after two innings against…

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Edge win OGFA 13U championship

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Edge win OGFA 13U championship

OGFA 13U Sons of the American Legion Edge 14, Ottawa Fire Fighters Inferno 8 OTTAWA – The Edge went in front with three runs in the first inning and never looked back, avenging last year’s runner-up finish by winning the OGFA 13U championship Saturday. Taryn Ruhland and Sara Duchon each tallied two hits and an…

Illinois Sports 7/12/18

Illinois Sports 7/12/18

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press: CHICAGO (AP) — The Blackhawks have traded Marian Hossa and Vinnie Hinostroza in a blockbuster deal with the Arizona Coyotes, parting with a promising young forward in order to clear out a troublesome contract. The Blackhawks also sent defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a third-round…

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‘Bizarre’ and ‘shameful’: Republicans lead responses to Trump news conference with Putin

‘Bizarre’ and ‘shameful’: Republicans lead responses to Trump news conference with Putin

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The response from lawmakers to President Trump’s press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin was swift and almost universally negative, with especially critical statements coming from members of Trump’s own party.Sen, Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said: “Putin only understands strength and I did not think…

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Diverse French team brings home World Cup championship

Diverse French team brings home World Cup championship

Shaun Botterill/Getty Images(PARIS) — The French are welcoming home their soccer heroes in Paris on Monday after becoming the 2018 World Cup champions. But what is notable about the squad isn’t just the goals they managed to rack up, but the diversity the players embody.Some 15 of the 23 members of France’s World Cup team…

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Parents share warning after rescuing 3-year-old from water-filled washing machine

Parents share warning after rescuing 3-year-old from water-filled washing machine

ABC(CONIFER, Col.)– A Colorado couple is urging other parents to check the child safety settings of their washing machines after rescuing their 3-year-old daughter from the water-filled washer while it was running.Lindsey and Allan McIver, of Conifer, Colorado, said they were woken up early on the morning of July 10 by the tears of their…

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It’s electrifying: John Travolta joins Foo Fighters on stage, again

It’s electrifying: John Travolta joins Foo Fighters on stage, again

Credit: Brantley Gutierrez(NEW YORK) — Much like his chills, John Travolta’s appearances at Foo Fighters concerts are multiplyin’. Back in April, the actor appeared on stage during the band’s show at the Welcome to Rockville festival when they started playing the Grease song “You’re the One that I Want.” Over the weekend, Travolta gave a…

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Cardi B leads MTV Video Music Awards nominations

Cardi B leads MTV Video Music Awards nominations

Jorda FrantzisThe year of Cardi B continues as she leads all artists with ten nominations for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. The new mother is up for Artist of the Year and Best New Artist, and her “Finesse” remix with Bruno Mars received five nominations, including Video of the Year and Song of the Year. Her song “Bartier Cardi”…