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Compeer Fund Donates to IVCC Ag Program

OGLESBY – The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America made a $5,000 donation to provide technology upgrades for Illinois Valley Community College’s agriculture program. Compeer insurance officer Ryan Leifheit of Ottawa presented a symbolic check to IVCC President Jerry Corcoran and

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Jury to get Cusick case

OTTAWA – Attorneys gave their finals arguments Friday morning in the trial of a former Ottawa fireman accused of drowning his wife. The prosecution claims 52-year-old Kenneth Cusick is responsible for the murder of his wife Tracy in 2006.  The LaSalle County States Attorney’s say

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Spring Valley Man Dies in Wednesday Crash

MCNABB – A Spring Valley man is dead after a crash on Wednesday near the community of McNabb.  According to the Putnam County Death Investigator, Bob Cofoid, said that 81-year-old Henry “Hank” S. Bland was traveling north on Illinois Route 89 when for unknown reasons he entered

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IVCC Approved Levy Request

OGLESBY – Illinois Valley Community College approved the 2019 levy request at the December board meeting. The trustees approved a $12.5 million tax levy, up less than five percent over the actual 2018 levy extension of $11.9 million. “The estimated tax rate is .3642, a decrease of

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No Injuries in LaSalle house fire

LASALLE – No injuries were reported in a house fire in LaSalle Thursday night. Multiple fire departments responded to the 600 block of Edwards Avenue for a fiery blaze at around 5 p.m. According to LaSalle Fire Chief Andy Bacidore, no one was inside of the home at the time of the fire.

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Final arguments Friday in Cusick trial

OTTAWA – Defense attorneys rested their case in the trial of a former Ottawa fireman accused of drowning his wife in a toilet. An additional forensic pathologist was brought in Thursday morning to testify that there are inconsistencies to injuries found in the second autopsy of Cusick’s

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