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Downtown Mendota Fire Wednesday

MENDOTA – A fire in the 700 block of Illinois Ave in Mendota closed city streets downtown Wednesday. At 12:30 PM a call came in for smoke in an upstairs dwelling. Area departments responded with mutual aid within 45 minutes the fire was extinguished. According to responders at the

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Two Arrested in Ottawa Using Fake Currency

OTTAWA – A couple of individuals from Chicago were charged with forgery after a number of businesses in Ottawa began finding counterfeit $100 bills. Today in a release from the Ottawa Police Department, they state that last Wednesday while checking with area companies for information on

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Woman Uses Flamethrower to Damage Car

BARRINGTON – A Barrington woman has been charged with arson and with filing a false police report after initially claiming her car was stolen. According to the Barrington Police Department, 47 year-old Julie Gagne was arrested Wednesday for allegedly setting fire to her vehicle. In a release by

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OSF/Blue Cross Reach Agreement

OTTAWA – After weeks of negotiations OSF HealthCare has reached an agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to continue to remain in network. In October it was initially announced that OSF was no longer going to accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In a statement released

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Family Identified in Ogle County Fire

DIXON – The Ogle County Sheriffs Office and the Ogle County Coroner have released the identities of those killed in an early morning house fire in rural Dixon. Found deceased was 39 year-old Timothy Shaw, 37 year-old Melissa Shaw, 17 year-old Ethan Shaw, 15 year-old LeAnne Shaw, 12

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