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Cold Deer Rescue at Lake Mendota

MENDOTA – Two deer found themselves trapped in Lake Mendota Thursday. The Mendota Fire Department were called to the lake around 4:30 p.m. after the animals had busted through the thin ice and were unable to free themselves. Firefighters donned ice rescue suits and entered the lake with an

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LaSalle County Board Honors Clerk

OTTAWA – LaSalle County Board members honored county clerk Joann Carretto at their Thursday meeting. She first started working for the LaSalle County Clerks Office in October of 1978, becoming chief deputy clerk. Carretto was elected county clerk in 2006. She is stepping down after 39 years

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Parole Denied for “Starved Rock Killer”

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Prisoner Review Board denied parole to a 79-year-old inmate sentenced to life in prison for the killings of three suburban Chicago women at Starved Rock State Park. They voted 7-7 Thursday on Chester Weger’s request, leaving him short of the needed majority vote

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Body of Infant Found

CARROLLTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve found the body of a 6-month-old boy in a wooded area of southwestern Illinois after the child was reported missing over the weekend. State police say the boy and his 22-year-old mother were reported missing Saturday to police in Alton and

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County Unemployment Rates Rise

OTTAWA – State and county unemployment rates increased within the past month, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Currently state unemployment is at 4.2 percent, just a tenth of a percent increase compared to last month. However, county unemployment rates scale

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