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Today is Barack Obama Day

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Today is the first Barack Obama Day. A law signed last year marks Aug. 4 in honor of the 44th president. Saturday was Obama’s 57th birthday. The Hawaii native began his career as a community organizer in Chicago. He served in the Illinois state Senate from 1997 to

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Fire Destroys Garage in Tonica

TONICA – A garage is destroyed and a home sustained some damage after a fire in Tonica Friday night.   After 9 p.m. a call was received of a fire in the 500 block of South First Street.  Oglesby, Standard, and Utica departments assisted the Tonica Fire Department with mutual aid.  The

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Hit & Run on Route 18 Wednesday

LOSTANT – One car ended up in a field and another was damaged in a collision with a hit and run driver Wednesday in southern LaSalle County.  According to the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office before 7 p.m. on Illinois Route 18 southwest of Lostant a Rochelle woman was traveling east

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Illinois Unemployment Rate Lowest in Decade

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced today that the unemployment rate held steady at around 4 percent in June and nonfarm payrolls increased by over 18,000 jobs over-the-month, based on data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. LaSalle, Putnam and Grundy

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