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Activism leader to speak at LaSalle County Democrats’ dinner

Activism leader to speak at LaSalle County Democrats’ dinner

The LaSalle County Democratic Party’s keynote speaker at its annual dinner this weekend is an activist leader with Indivisible Illinois and was with the Chicago Women’s March. Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth is her name. LaSalle County party chair Dani Brzozowski says it’s exciting to have someone from the activism side speak. The event will be at the…

Marseilles Athletic Club gets baseball diamond permit

Marseilles Athletic Club gets baseball diamond permit

Marseilles City Commissioner of Public Property Jim Buckingham handed over a signed permit for using the Guthrie Park baseball diamond to Marseilles Athletic Club President Nathan Schaefer Wednesday night. There was confusion over whether the permit would be approved over what turned out to be a miscommunication between the Marseilles Recreation Board and the city.…

Streator High ready to start auditorium renovations

Streator High ready to start auditorium renovations

Auditorium renovation work is to start at Streator High School within a month. It’s supposed to be finished next spring. School Board president Earl Woeltje says arrangements are still being made for events that would normally use the auditorium to be put on elsewhere. The work, costing $8.6 million, will be financed. The school board…

Ottawa priest from decades ago accused of sexual abuse

Ottawa priest from decades ago accused of sexual abuse

One additional priest accused of sexual misconduct who worked in LaSalle County isn’t listed on the Diocese of Peoria’s website but is named in a 185-page report released Wednesday by a law firm that represents sex abuse victims. Rev. Thomas W. Maloney is accused of abusing an 8-year-old boy in the 1990’s in Central Illinois.…

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BASEBALL: Ottawa drops season opener

BASEBALL: Ottawa drops season opener

JOLIET – Ottawa suffered a 7-0 season-opening loss to Plainfield South in six innings Wednesday night at Joliet Route 66 Stadium. Still scoreless in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Cougars took advantage of a throwing error on a sacrifice. Connor Blake put on a perfectly executed squeeze to score Tylor Phommachanhom for the…

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) — Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from last year, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament as trendy upset picks as things get going with a full slate of games. Also in action are perennial powers Kansas and Michigan, along with Ja Morant…

TUESDAY ROUNDUP: Miller homers twice, Ottawa no-hits Serena in opener

TUESDAY ROUNDUP: Miller homers twice, Ottawa no-hits Serena in opener

SOFTBALL Ottawa 12, Serena 0 (5 innings) OTTAWA – Sloan Gayan and Abby Bukantis tossed a combined no-hitter, and Zoe Miller homered twice as the Lady Pirates won their season opener Tuesday afternoon. Gayan struck out seven over three innings and Bukantis recorded two K’s over the final six outs. Gayan added a double and…

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Meghan McCain says she’s ’emotionally exhausted’ having to address Trump’s comments

Meghan McCain says she’s ’emotionally exhausted’ having to address Trump’s comments

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) — An “emotionally exhausted” Meghan McCain again defended her father against President Donald Trump Thursday on ABC’s The View, saying she doesn’t “expect decency” from his family. “I don’t like coming here every day and having to do this, as all of you know. It’s extremely emotionally exhausting,” she said at the…

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Report: Ichiro Suzuki to retire Thursday after Mariners’ game in Tokyo

Report: Ichiro Suzuki to retire Thursday after Mariners’ game in Tokyo

Masterpress/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Ichiro Suzuki is said to be retiring Thursday after nearly two decades in the MLB.ESPN has confirmed that the 45-year-old right fielder told the Seattle Mariners of his plans to leave the sport after the team’s game against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo.Suzuki exited Thursday’s game in the eighth inning. He waved…

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Schoolboy Q debuts new Travis Scott-assisted single “Chopstix” on The Tonight Show

Schoolboy Q debuts new Travis Scott-assisted single “Chopstix” on The Tonight Show

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCSchoolboy Q has gifted fans with another new single.  It’s called “Chopstix,” and this time around, he’s got Travis Scott on board. Wednesday night, the L.A.-bred rapper made a guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to debut the new record, and to perform his other recently released track “Numb Numb Juice.” “Chopstix” boasts a hook from Scott,…