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Family celebrating Plainfield man's recovery a year after terrible motorcycle crash; you can help

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A year after a Plainfield man was injured in a motorcycle crash, his wife is asking for your help in wishing him a very happy birthday.Tim Flannery was in a serious motorcycle accident last July. He spent the next nine months in the hospital. The crash left him permanently disabled, and requiring 24-hour care.  The one thing that kept Tim going while in the hospital were cards; from loved ones, even strangers. As we approach the anniversary of the accident and Tim's birthday, his wife, Joann, is aiming to get her husband a new influx of cards...
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Fredres sentenced to life plus 26 years for double homicide

OTTAWA – A Sandwich man has been sentenced to life plus 26 years in prison for the deaths of his ex-wife’s parents last year in Sheridan. On Friday, at the LaSalle County Courthouse, 38-year-old Donald Fredres found out his fate after being convicted at an April trial for shooting and killing Greg and Brenda Barnes at their home in Sheridan in 2021.

List: Firework shows scheduled across Chicagoland this 4th of July

CHICAGO - Firework shows are scheduled all across the Chicago area this Fourth of July weekend. Des Plaines will host a firework extravaganza at Oakton Community College at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, Navy Pier will start their show on the water at 9:30 p.m. On Sunday, North Aurora will...

Council Adopts Conduct Code | Overnight Parking Ban Lift | Naperville Salute Begins

At its latest meeting, Naperville City Council revised its municipal code to address how mayoral appointees and elected officials conduct themselves at meetings, in the public and on social media. Some of the changes include prohibiting city officials and board and commission members from using their role to promote a private enterprise as well as ensuring that they refrain from actions or words that might compromise Naperville’s reputation. The newly adopted policy was prompted by a recent leak of the name of a controversial figure being considered for a position on the Special Events and Community Arts Commission. Copies of the new code have been sent to all existing commission and board members and will be a topic of discussion in future meetings.
Rochelle News-Leader

Area farmers seeing costs rise due to inflation and high fuel prices

ROCHELLE — Fuel costs have risen around $2 per gallon between just before spring planting and now for Steward-area corn, soybean and cattle farmer Dean Svela. Fuel tanks on tractors can range between 250-425 gallons. “That adds up a lot when you're filling up a tractor,” Svela said. “$5...

Small businesses expand at DeKalb Farmers’ Market

DeKALB — From June 2 to Sept. 22, downtown DeKalb is hosting its yearly Farmers’ Market. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Van Buer Plaza, 148 N. Second St., enjoy local goods, crafts and more with live music and lunch hosted by food trucks. The DeKalb Farmers’ Market will also be celebrating National Farmers Market Week on Aug. 11.
Rochelle News-Leader

Looking at the progress of the downtown in the past 5 years

ROCHELLE — In recent years, the downtown area of Rochelle has seen various new businesses and development projects. Most recently, in a decision made by the Rochelle City Council earlier this month, a development agreement with Seldal Properties, LLC was approved for a $1 million redevelopment of 318, 320, 322, 324 and 326 Lincoln Highway that will consist of mixed-use retail and residential space. The city will reimburse Seldal Properties, LLC $300,000 after the completion of the project with tax increment financing money as part of the development agreement.
Rochelle News-Leader

Papke retires from RMS after 30 years as shop teacher

ROCHELLE — Mark Papke’s mantra as a shop teacher at Rochelle Middle School when speaking to students was “plan your work, work your plan.”. Papke retired earlier this year after 30 years at RMS. The reason he got into teaching was because he enjoys helping others and showing them how a process goes. He likes seeing students’ eyes light up when they learn something. He wanted to teach kids to present the best possible project when they take it home finished for their moms and dads.

Visit Blues Brothers Con at the Old Joliet Prison

Greg Peerbolte, CEO of the Joliet Area Historical Museum, joins Lisa Dent to talk about the Blues Brothers Con. Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi will reprise their roles for the 90-minute performance. Greg and Lisa talk about the Blues Mobile, vendors and the movie. For more information, visit Follow...
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RMU Generation Plant works to cut power costs in the summers

ROCHELLE — Last summer, operators at the Rochelle Municipal Utilities Generation Plant worked 24/7 for 15 straight days to power the downtown area due to a transformer issue. That’s just one ability that the facility at 127 N. 9th St. has. Most of the time, it’s used as a...

Naperville Salute Back For the Second Year

The second annual Naperville Salute is back this Fourth of July weekend at Rotary Hill. It’s a family-friendly event that began yesterday and it shows appreciation for veterans, active military, first responders, and their families. “We have family fun and entertainment every day, but specifically Saturday and Sunday morning...

A foggy and cool start Saturday morning

It’s a foggy start to the day for some Stateline counties this morning. Most places are up to full visibility but Rochelle is currently under a mile of visibility. Savanna is down to seven miles, Rockford down to nine, and Sterling down to three as of 6:15am. The comfortable...

Positively Naperville ‘Lasting Impression’ Update for July 2022

Pay attention when you walk through your neighborhood. You never know what good deed might greet you. On Father’s Day, June 19, 2022, four members of the Rehor family were preparing for a photo of Charlie Rehor III’s Eagle Scout project for American Legion Post 43— three sets of corn hole boards that had been created in his grandfather’s garage. PN just happened by, recognizing the most senior Charlie Rehor, a longtime neighbor who had provided plenty of stories over the past 30 years about the history of the neighborhood as well as his fishing exploits in May Watts Park.

North Central Softball Season Recap

Every North Central team has high standards, but few hold themselves to a level comparable to that of Cardinals Softball, who this year were looking for their thirty-fourth consecutive winning season. However, winning on it’s own isn’t enough and this year presented a unique opportunity. It was the first full season for head coach Venus Taylor, and the final chance for the team’s seniors to qualify for regionals, with the program last having done so in 2015.

How to Help Kids Manage Back-to-School Anxiety

Starting a new school year is an exciting, potentially nerve-wracking time for kids. The way parents manage the first few weeks of classes can make a significant difference. It’s normal for a child to feel nervous about going back to school. New teachers, different routines, even a new school, would make any child edgy. Parents should be sympathetic and reassuring. For children and teens with anxiety, returning to school after any holiday break can result in school refusal or increased anxiety. There are also more things for kids to worry about now than there were when their parents were young. School shootings, cyberbullying and COVID-19 top the list.
Rochelle News-Leader

RCH staff plays role in caring for stroke patients

ROCHELLE — Rochelle Community Hospital recently had its designation as an acute, stroke-ready hospital (ASRH) renewed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. “That designation requires us to show that we provide certain aspects of stroke care,” RCH Emergency Services Manager Janis Astle said. “And we're small of course, however, we're good at what we do. A lot of it is recognition, diagnosis and quick transfer. It's an important service that we offer the community.”

2022 Road Program Update

This past week no work had occurred due to the ongoing labor dispute at the local aggregate production facilities. Until the labor dispute is resolved, the placement of the surface layer of asphalt is going to continue to be delayed. Geneva Construction is looking to get a small amount of...

New trial denied for Sandwich man; mother speaks

After 471 days in jail, then in less than 20 minutes, Donald Fredres, Jr. was sentenced to natural life in prison without parole for the murders of his former in-laws Gregory and Brenda Barnes, both age 62, at their rural home between Sandwich and Sheridan in March 2021. Outside the...