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United Way Labor of Love home improvement application time

United Way Labor of Love home improvement application time

Low income people who need help repairing homes they own can ask for help from the United Way of Eastern LaSalle County again. The applications are available at many banks in the United Way chapter’s service area. That area goes from the Leland area to Grand Ridge and from Naplate to Seneca. Home owners have…

Plenty to do at Riverfest without carnival

Plenty to do at Riverfest without carnival

Ottawa Mayor Bob Eschbach says despite there not being a carnival this year, Riverfest on the first week of August is still the biggest party of the summer. And he says there’s still plenty to do. Another change this year is cheaper food tickets. The rate is $10 for ten tickets. Last year it was…

Man convicted in standoff over eviction changing lawyers

Man convicted in standoff over eviction changing lawyers

The lawyer who represents 57-year old Jeffrey Sorrentino of Peru when he’s sentenced won’t be the same one who represented him at trial. Judge H. Chris Ryan found Sorrentino guilty but mentally ill two months ago in connection with an armed standoff with police who were evicting him from a foreclosed home. In court Friday,…

Ottawa Elementary District mulls new safety manual

Ottawa Elementary District mulls new safety manual

The Ottawa Elementary School District is updating its safety manual. The current one is from 2007. It details what teachers and staff need to do in a number of emergencies. Shepherd Middle School Assistant Principle Melanie Conley says staff members have to be ready to deal with emergencies they didn’t use to. The updated manual…

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Illinois Sports 6/21/18

Illinois Sports 6/21/18

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press: CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls went big in the draft, taking Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr. with the No. 7 pick and giving them another versatile frontcourt player to go with Lauri Markkanen. The 6-foot-10, 259-pound Carter can hit from the outside and score…

Illinois Sports 6/20/18

Illinois Sports 6/20/18

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press: CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester won his fifth straight start, Javier Baez backed him with three hits and two runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0. Lester (9-2) gave up five hits over seven innings. CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber…

Illinois Sports 6/19/18

Illinois Sports 6/19/18

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press: CHICAGO (AP) — Albert Almora Jr. hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 to salvage a split of their day-night doubleheader. Kris Bryant sparked the winning rally with a leadoff triple against…

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Suspect dead, 2 officers hospitalized after San Diego shooting

Suspect dead, 2 officers hospitalized after San Diego shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — Two San Diego police officers were shot late Saturday and hospitalized responding to an incident they first thought may be an apartment fire.The suspect who allegedly shot the two officers was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is not yet known.One officer was last reported in stable condition and the other…

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Pruitt staff had relationship with lobbyist tied to ‘sweetheart’ deal, emails show

Pruitt staff had relationship with lobbyist tied to ‘sweetheart’ deal, emails show

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Nearly two months after it was first revealed that Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt rented a $50-a-night Capitol Hill condo from the wife of a top lobbyist, newly released emails show that relationship was not just limited to an unorthodox rental agreement.Emails obtained by the Sierra Club, as part of…

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Former all-star Ilya Kovalchuk returns to NHL with the Los Angeles Kings

Former all-star Ilya Kovalchuk returns to NHL with the Los Angeles Kings

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Former NHL all-star Ilya Kovalchuk, who left the league to play professionally in Russia, has agreed to join the Los Angeles Kings on a three-year deal, according to ESPN.ESPN adds that Kovalchuk will receive $6.25 annually on the deal. Kovalchuk left the NHL in 2013 to play for SKA St. Petersburg in…

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Uber driver was watching tv show prior to fatal crash, police say

Uber driver was watching tv show prior to fatal crash, police say

Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images(TEMPE, Arizona) — The operator of a self-driving Uber in Tempe, Arizona was watching an episode of “The Voice” via a streaming service in the moments before her SUV struck and killed a pedestrian walking her bicycle across the street, according to a police report.The incident in March raised alarms about the ability…

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The metal world mourns Pantera’s Vinnie Paul, dead at 54

The metal world mourns Pantera’s Vinnie Paul, dead at 54

Rob Monk/Metal Hammer Magazine/Team Rock via Getty ImagesVinnie Paul, co-founder of Pantera has died. He was 54. A message on the Pantera Facebook page reads, “Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away. Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah.  No further details are available…