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Nicor replacing pipes in Ottawa

Nicor replacing pipes in Ottawa

Nicor Gas is upgrading its pipes in Ottawa. Spokesman Bernie Anderson says that involves digging trenches to access the pipes. Some pipes can be reached by just digging one or two holes and accessing them underground. Steel pipes are being replaced with longer-lasting plastic ones. Anderson says it’s about being proactive and making a safe…

Reddick Library Board still one person short

Reddick Library Board still one person short

New Reddick Library Board member Mary Jo Farrell took her place on the board last Monday. She’s beginning a six year term. One of her first tasks, with the rest of the board, is to select another board member to fill a vacancy. Jean Batson-Turner resigned last month, to move out of state with two…

Library cuts light installation cost almost in half

Library cuts light installation cost almost in half

Reddick Library will get outside lighting work done for just $800. The library board last month held off on approving a proposal for $1,500. One board member asked for a breakdown of why it would cost so much to install lights. In the meantime, B&G Electric submitted the lower cost. Library board members accepted it…

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Ottawa’s Maddy Smith wins State pole vault title

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Ottawa’s Maddy Smith wins State pole vault title

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD Maddy Smith wins State gold; Seneca claims two medals CHARLESTON – Maddy Smith of Ottawa is the IHSA Class 3A State Champion in the Pole Vault. Smith cleared 11 feet, 9 inches Saturday to win the title and re-set her own school record. She is Ottawa’s first gold medalist since Tony…

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anthony Rizzo homered, Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and the Chicago Cubs held off the Washington Nationals for a 6-5 victory. Chicago led 6-1 before Washington closed to within a run on a three-run homer by Anthony Rendon in the sixth inning and a solo home run by Howie Kendrick in…

THURSDAY ROUNDUP: Seneca set for eight finals after State Track prelims

THURSDAY ROUNDUP: Seneca set for eight finals after State Track prelims

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD Seneca to compete in eight State finals CHARLESTON – In IHSA Class 1A State preliminaries at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston, Mara Bruno reached the final in the long jump (17 feet, 4 3/4 inches), 100-meter dash (12.30 seconds) and 200-meter dash (26.32). Mara moving on the Saturday in the 100m dash!…

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Alabama police officer shot dead, two others hurt; suspect on the run: Chief

Alabama police officer shot dead, two others hurt; suspect on the run: Chief

kali9/iStock(AUBURN, Ala.) — A manhunt is underway for a dangerous gunman after an Auburn, Alabama, police officer was shot dead and two fellow officers were hurt, the local police chief said. The three officers were met with gunfire while responding to a “domestic disturbance” at the Arrowhead mobile home park Sunday night, Auburn Police Chief…

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Trump to hold rally in Pennsylvania on heels of Biden’s campaign launch

Trump to hold rally in Pennsylvania on heels of Biden’s campaign launch

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally in Pennsylvania Monday, just days after former Vice President Joe Biden officially kicked off his presidential bid as both make a play for a critical state. For Trump, Pennsylvania holds weight: The state was crucial to the president’s 2016…

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Report: Timberwolves finalizing deal with interim coach Ryan Saunders

Report: Timberwolves finalizing deal with interim coach Ryan Saunders

Tar_Heel_Rob/iStock(NEW YORK) — It appears interim coach Ryan Saunders may be staying put with the Minnesota Timberwolves.League sources tell ESPN Saunders is close to completing a multiyear deal, which could be finalized as early as Monday, to become the team’s head coach. ESPN reports Saunders, 32, is working on putting his staff together.Saunders stepped in…

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US-China trade war could hit American pet owners in the wallet

US-China trade war could hit American pet owners in the wallet

iStock/Chalabala(NEW YORK) — U.S. pet owners could soon feel the impact of America’s intensifying trade war with China deep down in their pockets. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump imposed a 25% tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. And China’s Finance Ministry responded by placing a tariff on $60 billion worth of U.S.…

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‘Game of Thrones’ finale: Fans are satisfied — mostly — at Chicago viewing party

‘Game of Thrones’ finale: Fans are satisfied — mostly — at Chicago viewing party

HBO(CHICAGO) — (SPOILERS AHEAD) There are potentially as many weekly Game of Thrones viewing parties, big and small, around the world as there are fans.  But one of the biggest — and best-known, thanks to the tremendously entertaining reaction videos posted on YouTube — happens at The Burlington bar, located in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.…

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Madonna — surprise! — stirs controversy with Eurovision Song Contest performance

Madonna — surprise! — stirs controversy with Eurovision Song Contest performance

Michael Campanella/Getty ImagesAs recently as last Thursday, it reportedly wasn’t even a certainty that Madonna would perform at the Eurovision Song Contest.  But Sunday’s annual competition, held this year in Tel Aviv, Israel, did indeed feature a performance by Madonna — one that included a highlight that’s drawing decidedly mixed reviews. At issue: when Madonna…