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Former ComEd vice president pleads guilty in bribery scheme

By MICHAEL TARM and JOHN O’CONNOR Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A former ComEd vice president has pleaded guilty to his role in what prosecutors say was a bribery conspiracy in which the energy utility sought legislative support from one of Illinois’ most powerful Democrats, House Speaker Michael Madigan. Fidel Marquez entered the plea Tuesday.…Read more »

Hastert breach-of-contract jury trial set for February 2021

YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A jury trial is expected to start early next year for a $1.8 million breach-of-contract case filed against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. The lawsuit was filed in 2016 by a man who alleges he was sexually abused as a young teen by Hastert and later promised $3.5 million to…Read more »

Free coronavirus testing offered in Mendota

You can find out for free in four to seven days if you have the COVID-19 virus. Testing is this Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th from 9am to 5pm at the Mendota Civic Center. You can receive the test even if you do not have any insurance but you are advised to bring…Read more »

Judge rejects new tests on old evidence in Starved Rock murder case

Story by Michael McKenna Judge Michael C. Jansz rejected a request by Chester Weger Monday to retest evidence from 60 years ago with modern technology. Weger’s lawyer, Celeste Stack, is hoping the results would prove Weger’s innocence of the Starved Rock murders. There was a lot of physical evidence recovered in 1960 when DNA was…Read more »

State Police send rail crossing safety messages

Story by Michael McKenna Illinois State Police are getting the word out that together we can save lives at railroad crossings. Because of the ongoing pandemic, that means doing so virtually this year. To that end, participating departments will be emphasizing the importance of obeying rail crossing laws through social media messages and videos posted…Read more »

Roxy Theater holds on through pandemic

Story by Michael McKenna According to owner Mark McSparin, the pandemic is no longer complicating the process of getting movies into theaters like the Roxy in downtown Ottawa. Phase one of planned remodeling has already taken place. McSparin has restored the fresco look that formed the lobby ceiling as well as the classic original molding.…Read more »

Back the Blue and Black Lives Matter rally in Mendota

Trump Rally and parade backs the blue in Mendota Saturday morning. Mendota resident Kyle Clark wanted to show local police officers his support, so he organized a gathering at the Mendota Civic Center. Roughly 100 or so vigorously enthusiastic Donald Trump supporters cheered Clark on under a deep blue sky and autumn sunshine. The Protest…Read more »

Marseilles resident recognized for voluntary work for the city

Story by Michael McKenna A local Marseilles resident gets attention for his good works. If you are ever driving down Pacific Street between First and Main in Marseilles on any given summer weekend, you will no doubt see Bob Heath out cutting grass along long public stretches of property. If he is not doing that,…Read more »

Coronavirus still being dealt with in county jail

Story by Michael McKenna LaSalle County Jail Superintendent Jason Edgecomb says there are still coronavirus cases at the La Salle County jail. Positive tests ended up being ten. The inmates who tested positive have all been isolated to one area of the jail. Visitors to the jail are unaffected as all visits are done through…Read more »