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ROOTS with ROBB:  R.E.M.

ROOTS with ROBB: R.E.M.

R.E.M. is a pivotal band in music history.  Without them, there’s a good chance the 90s alt-boom from Seattle never happens…at least the way it did.  In all honesty, I’m not well-versed in their early 80s catalog.  So it was a real treat for me to dive into their first 5-6 albums.  If you’re in…

ROOTS with ROBB: Stone Temple Pilots

ROOTS with ROBB: Stone Temple Pilots

STP is one of those bands that were outstanding at writing and playing stuff that sounded noticeable like ‘haven’t I heard this before?’ but was original enough to make it their own.  They weren’t from Seattle, although they were often lumped in with their Grunge contemporaries, sometimes confused for, or considered rip-offs. After their debut Core,…

95-3 Jack FM’s HOUR AGAINST CANCER

95-3 Jack FM’s HOUR AGAINST CANCER

In a special “Hour Against Cancer” micro-campaign, Illinois Valley area workers are asked to fight cancer and provide free supports to area cancer patients by donating whatever amount is equal to one hour of their working wage. Area workers may do so by clicking ‘Donate.’   The ” Hour Against Cancer” micro-campaign at www.cancerhour.com gained several area workers’ donations within minutes of its…

ROOTS with ROBB:  INXS

ROOTS with ROBB: INXS

INXS was an interesting band to tackle with Roots.  As the albums progressed from the late 70s through the mid-80s, you could really hear them find their own distinct sound.  Their are some great new-wavy gems from their early catalog (Don’t Change), and then by the time 1985’s Listen Like Thieves came out, they were ready for…

Entertainment News

‘Empire’ makes history by airing the first black gay wedding on network television

‘Empire’ makes history by airing the first black gay wedding on network television

Chuck Hodes/FOX.(LOS ANGELES) — Jussie Smollett’s final season appearance on Empire Wednesday’s night was one for the history books: It featured the first black gay wedding. The episode titled, “Never Doubt I Love,” featured his character Jamal and Jamal’s fiancé Kai, played by Toby Onwumere, reciting their vows and even jumping the broom. As Empire…

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Deputy auditors fired for alleged overtime pay theft scheme

Deputy auditors fired for alleged overtime pay theft scheme

Terminated. The decision Thursday from the LaSalle County Board’s Salary and Labor Committee puts deputy auditors Pamela Wright and Tori Artman out of work. Neither they, their lawyer, the committee, nor County Board Chairman Jim Olson had any comment after a nearly two hour closed session meeting followed by the open session vote. It’s been…

Farabaugh wins National Headliner Award

Farabaugh wins National Headliner Award

Ottawa filmmaker and Voice of America correspondent Kane Farabaugh is winning first place in a TV reporting category in the National Headliner Awards. His award winning entry is titled “Between Tariffs and Trade Agreements: The American Farmer.” The series features Midwestern farmers telling their stories. Farabaugh says he’s happy the contest judges recognize the importance…

Ottawa community garden open for a new season

Ottawa community garden open for a new season

Stephanie Stacy is in charge of the Ottawa community garden again and is signing up gardeners already. She says a lot of the gardeners return year after year. Stacy says the land the community garden plots are on has a good earthworm community. That keeps the soil loose enough for plants to grow and supports…

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WEDNESDAY ROUNDUP: Seneca Softball rallies to win 10th straight

WEDNESDAY ROUNDUP: Seneca Softball rallies to win 10th straight

SOFTBALL Seneca stretches winning streak to 10 games #respectthepower to these three today coming back from an early hole to rally against Spring Valley Hall in an 8-6, Winsor w/ a 3 for 3 (hr) game, flatness comes in relief and shuts the door as well as the big 2 run go ahead 3b. Jashari……

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez and Jason Heyward each hit three-run homers in the sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs overcame a wild start by Cole Hamels to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 on Wednesday night. Baez chased Walker Buehler with a long, tying drive to left on an 0-2 pitch with two outs,…

TUESDAY ROUNDUP: Turk’s walk-off single lifts Ottawa Softball

TUESDAY ROUNDUP: Turk’s walk-off single lifts Ottawa Softball

SOFTBALL Ottawa 1, Sterling 0 (9 innings) OTTAWA – Cassie Turk delivered with the bases loaded, roping a single to left with one out to score Jenna Nink and give the Lady Pirates (13-2, 4-1) a split of the season series with Sterling. In a battle of ICA Class 3A-ranked teams–Ottawa entered the day at…

Health News

US measles cases at highest level in nearly 20 years, according to CDC

US measles cases at highest level in nearly 20 years, according to CDC

ABC News, CDC(NEW YORK) — The number of reported measles cases in the United States have reached their highest level in nearly 20 years, federal health officials said Wednesday. There were 695 reported cases of measles across 22 states as of Wednesday afternoon, the highest since the disease was domestically eradicated in 2000, according to…

Lego bricks for visually impaired, blind kids aim to make learning braille fun

Lego bricks for visually impaired, blind kids aim to make learning braille fun

ivanastar/iStock(NEW YORK) — Great strides have been made to help people who are visually impaired adapt to life without eyesight. Now, an emerging Lego product may revolutionize how blind children learn braille and encourage more interactive play with all kids.Approximately 700,000 children and young adults in the United States have a vision disability, but as…

What to know about secondary infertility

What to know about secondary infertility

GrabillCreative/iStock(NEW YORK) — Like many women, Anna Peña of Des Moines, Iowa, thought that because she conceived relatively easily and had a smooth delivery of a healthy baby girl she and her husband would be able to do the same when it came to a second child.Instead, Peña and her husband have spent the past…