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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A body discovered in the Illinois River nearly three weeks ago has been confirmed as a graduate student missing from Illinois State University. Authorities say Jelani Day’s identity was confirmed through DNA and
NORTH UTICA, Ill. (AP) — Lawsuits have been filed, four months after three Chicago men died in an explosion while fishing and making a fire along the Illinois River. Lawyers believe they know how the explosion occurred.
SOMONAUK – A 22-year-old Somonauk man is facing child pornography charges after an investigation by the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office. On Wednesday morning authorities executed a search warrant and took Luis D. Salinas into custody.
CHICAGO – A lawsuit being filed on behalf of the three men killed in an explosion at Starved Rock State Park claims that undetonated charges were the cause of the blast. The firm of Salvi, Schostok
OTTAWA – The body that was found in the Illinois River on September 4th has been identified. The LaSalle County Coroner’s Office confirmed Thursday that the remains were of 25-year-old Jelani Day. Forensic dental
MARSEILLES – One man is facing a gun charge after allegedly shooting towards another motorist. The LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office say they were called Monday night to East 24th Road, about three miles north of Marseilles,
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois coroner pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges alleging that he stole more than $14,000 in cash from dead people. Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz pleaded not guilty to 12 counts,
MENDOTA – A woman was rescued from Lake Kakusha in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday. Around 3 AM authorities were called to the scene for the report of someone in the 53-acre lake near the boat ramps.
MENDOTA – Picnic tables were smashed and another public bathroom facility was destroyed by vandals in Mendota. The Mendota Police Department is seeking the public’s help in obtaining any information on those involved. The public
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Police investigating the disappearance of an Illinois State University graduate student are asking the public for tips as the search for the young man continues nearly a month after he vanished. Twenty-five-year-old Jelani
MENDOTA – A pair of yield signs were added to the streets of Mendota after a brief traffic study prompted by a resident concerned about student pedestrian safety. Fourth Ward Alderwoman Vicki Johnson proposed the signs
MENDOTA – The public bathrooms at Strouss Park in Mendota, also known as Purple Park, are going to remain locked after damage was reported over the weekend. At the City Council meeting Monday night the decision
BEECHER – A fire on Sunday leveled a historic church in a small community in Will County. The Beecher Fire Protection District said the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, built in 1865, was a total loss. Four
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning consumers interested in purchasing used vehicles to beware of flood-damaged cars resulting from flooding caused by Hurricane Ida or other natural disasters. He has instructed his office
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois police officer was shot early Thursday but wasn’t hurt because he was wearing a ballistic vest. The Rockford Police Department says officers were gathered in an area when they heard
CHICAGO (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with a Grundy County battery company to clean up a warehouse where a June fire led to the evacuation of thousands of nearby residents. The agency
POLO – A 23-month-old child has died after what authorities determined was a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Ogle County. Last Thursday the Polo Police Department were called to the 300 block of Franklin Street for a child
By JOHN O’CONNOR AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Illinois nuclear plants would be saved from closure and carbon-emitting coal plants closed in the next quarter-century in a clean-energy package the Senate approved. The action
YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A man who accused Dennis Hastert of child sexual abuse then sued the former U.S. House speaker for refusing to pay $1.8m in exchange for his silence will be named in court if
COAL CITY – A Gardner man has died after an apparent motorcycle crash in rural Grundy County. Authorities say that the wreck was discovered early Sunday south of Coal City off of Berta Road. The Grundy