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ROOTS with ROBB: Heart

ROOTS with ROBB: Heart

Heart is an interesting band to do a deep dive because they have a wonky history, and several iterations and sounds.  Technically, the Wilson sisters (Ann & Nancy) have been the only constant, but that’s not even true!  The band (in some variation of what would go on to be known as Heart) began in 1967. …

ROOTS with ROBB:  The Offspring

ROOTS with ROBB: The Offspring

Punk Rock, probably more than any other genre of Rock is one where it’s ‘not cool’ to make it big, especially in the eyes of the fans.  But I’m sure it beats being a school janitor!  That’s the rags to riches story for Kevin ‘Noodles’ Wasserman, lead guitarist and ‘woah-oh’ ‘yea-ah yeaaa-ah’ backup singer of the…

ROOTS with ROBB: Huey Lewis & the News!

ROOTS with ROBB: Huey Lewis & the News!

Huey Lewis and the News were one of the most fun sounding bands of the 80s.  Unlike others, they had the chops and the licks to back it up.  They’d been at it since the 70s, even transplanting to the UK for the British Pub scene.  That led some members to back Elvis Costello’s debut,…

ROOTS with ROBB classic album:  WHO’S NEXT

ROOTS with ROBB classic album: WHO’S NEXT

‘It’s Only Teenage Wasteland!’  Nope.  It’s much more than that.  The Who’s most successful album is a conundrum of itself.  It originally was one of Pete Townshend’s greatest failures.  In the wake of the runaway success of ‘Tommy’ and in many rock critic’s opinions, the best live album of all time (Live at Leeds,) Pete…

Entertainment News

Grab your chest — ‘Alien’ turns 40 Saturday

Grab your chest — ‘Alien’ turns 40 Saturday

Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the release of director Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi film classic, Alien. The film, about a blue-collar crew aboard a deep space mining vessel who answer a distress call on a derelict planet and inadvertently bring aboard a killer alien, was…

A Whole New World: Disney’s live-action ‘Aladdin’ hits theaters today

A Whole New World: Disney’s live-action ‘Aladdin’ hits theaters today

Disney(NEW YORK) — Disney’s live action Aladdin hits theaters today and its star, Mena Massoud, hopes it opens up “A Whole New World” for a new generation of viewers. Massoud, who was born in Egypt and raised in Canada, says the 1992 animated version of Aladdin was one of the only movies he and his…

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Canal Corridor Association getting grant money for bike rental program

Canal Corridor Association getting grant money for bike rental program

The Illinois Office of Tourism is announcing $1.8-million in grants for seventeen organizations across the state. One is the LaSalle-based Canal Corridor Association. It’s receiving $134,474 to start a bike rental program. Illinois and Michigan Canal trial visitors requested the service. Other grant recipients include the Farnsworth House in Plano and the Egyptian Threatre in…

Illinois hunters bag more turkeys in 2019 than 2018

Illinois hunters bag more turkeys in 2019 than 2018

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says hunters took 15,189 wild turkeys in the 2019 hunting season. That’s 1,695 more than last year. In LaSalle County, hunters bagged 115 turkeys. Bureau County hunters took 212 and Putnam County hunters took 43. Illinois’ record was set in 2006 hunters hunters harvested 16,569 turkeys.

Cushing Field is an IDOT Airport of the Year

Cushing Field is an IDOT Airport of the Year

Cushing Field owner Charles “Bud” Cushing says pilot training offered at the airport in Newark is one reason it got an award from the Illinois Department of Transportation this year. New pilots can learn to fly for two types of licenses there. Cushing says there’s a lot of camaraderie at the airport. It has hosted…

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THURSDAY ROUNDUP: Ottawa Softball wins first regional title

THURSDAY ROUNDUP: Ottawa Softball wins first regional title

SOFTBALL Ottawa 3, Marian Catholic 0 OTTAWA – The Lady Pirates won the IHSA Class 3A Ottawa Regional to claim the program’s first regional championship plaque. Sloan Gayan retired the first 18 batters she faced and finished with a one-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts. She also doubled in a run in the third inning. Throwing…

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — Lucas Giolito pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout, rookie Eloy Jiménez hit his third homer in two games and the Chicago White Sox beat the Houston Astros 4-0. Yoán Moncada had an RBI double and Tim Anderson added a run-scoring single for the White Sox, who earned a four-game…

Health News

After record high number of hot car deaths, here’s a guide to keep kids safe this summer

After record high number of hot car deaths, here’s a guide to keep kids safe this summer

iStock/Srdjanns74(NEW YORK) — As the temperature climbs this Memorial Day weekend, so does the danger lurking inside our own cars.Hot car deaths reached a record level last year with at least 52 children killed, from California to Tennessee to Mississippi, according to national nonprofit KidsAndCars.org.Just this Wednesday, a baby girl died when she was left…

Warm weather and heat-related illness: Why it’s important to stay hydrated

Warm weather and heat-related illness: Why it’s important to stay hydrated

kuppa_rock/iStock(NEW YORK) — As the weather warms up, more people are heading outside for both fun and exercise. But with warm weather comes a greater risk of heat-related illnesses, which is why it’s important to stay hydrated, especially if you’re practicing high-intensity activities, such as running.Heat-related illness is more likely to affect people who are…

Morgan Miller reflects on the drowning death of her daughter

Morgan Miller reflects on the drowning death of her daughter

Stephen J. Cohen/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Almost a year after Olympic skier Bode Miller and his volleyball star wife lost their 19-month-old daughter in an accidental drowning in a neighbor’s swimming pool, Morgan Miller is working to raise awareness about water safety.In an Instagram post, Morgan Miller shared a PSA she made with another mother who…