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J.B Pritzker takes oath as Illinois Governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrat J.B. Pritzker took the oath as Illinois governor, giving Democrats nearly unprecedented power at the Statehouse after four years of divided government only worsened the economic woes of a state, billions of dollars in debt. The 53-year-old heir to the Hyatt

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Farmers influenced by government shutdown

LASALLE – Farmers are experiencing the effects of the government shutdown, through vital departments like the USDA. According to LaSalle County’s Farm Bureau President David Isermann, various loan and compensations programs for farmers are now inaccessible. Isermann says specialty

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Lee County Man Dies After Head On Crash

FRANKLIN GROVE – A Lee County man is dead after a Friday morning head on crash in Ogle County.   In a release by the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office, they say that a 28-year-old Byron man was traveling south and 49-year-old Michael Chavera of Dixon was traveling north on Lowden Road around

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Homicide Reported Early Saturday in Peoria

PEORIA – A man is dead after being shot early Saturday in Peoria.   Peoria Police say around 5 a.m. shot spotter alerted them to an incident in the 2300 block of West Marquette Street.   Officers discovered an adult male with gunshot wounds in the backyard of a residence.   He was

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SNAP benefits to be issued early

CHICAGO (AP) — The state of Illinois says federal food assistance money will be provided through the end of February during the government shutdown. The Illinois Department of Human Services said Friday that February SNAP benefits will be issued to Illinois customers about a week and a half

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Government shutdown impacts airline travel

LASALLE – Sick outs and non reporting for work by Transportation Security Airport screeners and Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors is likely to increase if the government shutdown continues, according to flyersrights.org. So far local travel agency owner, Anna Lijewski (LEE-

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