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If he wins, Brad Fritts could be the first State Rep. born after 2000

DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Brad Fritts has been an active member in his community his whole life, and on Tuesday night, he became the Republican nominee for State Representative in the 74th district. The Newman Central Catholic High School grad took 58% of the vote against Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano...
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Rochelle News-Leader

Chicagoland Skydiving Center, Roy’s Transfer see high fuel price impacts

ROCHELLE — Jet fuel is Chicagoland Skydiving Center’s largest expense outside of payroll costs. Like other businesses in the area and nationwide, the skydiving center located at the Rochelle Municipal Airport has been impacted by recent high fuel costs, CSC President and CEO Douglas Smith said. And higher costs of labor and goods haven’t helped the situation, either.
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Why we celebrate on July 4

We are having a great time at the library this summer! Our Summer Reading program is going well and we are so happy to see all of our patrons. Our book bucks are available and continue to be one of our most popular items. Remember, you must check out a book to get a book buck. We will have make and take activity projects throughout the week of June 27-July 2. Regular programs will begin again the week of July 4. The library will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on July 2. During the morning hours of July 2, we will be closed so our staff can participate in the Fourth of July parade. We will be closed July 3 and 4. Make sure you wave at us at the parade and come visit us the afternoon of July 2.

Iowa reshuffles dates for non-conference matchups vs. MAC opponent

Iowa has reshuffled its future non-conference football slate to work in two games against a MAC opponent. The Hawkeyes were originally scheduled to play Northern Illinois during the 2020 season. Unfortunately, the shortened and conference-only schedule due to COVID eliminated that matchup. The next date for those two teams to play was originally set for 2025.

Rock Falls Celebrates The 4th On Friday

Submitted by Melinda Jones, Dir. Rock Falls Tourism. Start your 4th of July weekend off on Friday, July 1st from 5-10pm at the RB&W Park as Rock Falls Tourism presents its first Independence Day Celebration at RB&W Park. Bring the family, an appetite, and your lawn chairs/blankets for an evening...

Aggravated distracted driving death results in Rockford arrest

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (WIFR) - A truck driver from Rockford was arrested Tuesday for a driving incident that killed a motorist. Frank Hightower III, 53, of Rockford faces a charge for aggravated use of an electronic communication device causing a death, which is a class four felony. Illinois State Troopers...

One life-flighted Sunday from rural Earlville crash

One person was badly hurt Sunday in a car/ SUV crash outside Earlville. It occurred about 12:45pm, three miles southwest of the village. Earlville Fire Chief Larry Todd said a man and two women were in the car. One, not identified by Todd, was life flighted to a Joliet facility.

Four injured in crash south of Earlville

Four people were hurt in a two-vehicle crash south of Earville at the intersection of E. 14th Road and N. 42nd Road Sunday afternoon. The LaSalle County Sheriff's Office says a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Haley R. Rogers of Sheridan was heading east on N. 42nd Road when she failed to stop at a stop sign at E. 14th Road. Rogers's vehicle was hit by 78-year-old Constance J. Miller, of Ottawa, who was northbound on E. 14th.

Federal school lunch waivers extended with days to spare

Just days before the deadline, Congress passed the “Keep Kids Fed Act” to extend pandemic school lunch waivers. Federal waivers have allowed schools to give students free breakfast and lunch, regardless of income. But, the new extension will limit the number of students getting free meals in the...

Tampico Gets Construction Update

The Tampico Village Board received an update on the current infrastructure project, which is relining a portion of the Village’s out dated sanitary sewer lines, from project engineer Matt Hansen during their June 15th meeting. Hansen, with Willet Hoffman and Assoc., also provided information on the next phase of the relining project.
Rochelle News-Leader

City council: Agreement for future Railfan park improvements approved

ROCHELLE — At its Monday meeting, the Rochelle City Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the expenditure of $30,750 for the retention of Willett, Hofmann & Associates for professional services related to Railroad Park gift shop improvements. About $135,000 worth of updates to Railfan Park are planned for the...

Oregon Takeover Week: A.M. Floral

We’re taking a virtual trip to chat with Abby from A.M. Floral! A beautiful store with amazing flowers, make sure you add this stop to your list.

Oregon Takeover Week: City Hall

We’re hanging out with one of the most famous people in Oregon- Mayor Ken Williams! He and Darin are telling us why you should visit Oregon!
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City manager: No recent interest in cannabis businesses in town

ROCHELLE — Rochelle City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh said May 15 that the city has not had talks lately with anyone interested in opening a cannabis business in town. Back on Jan. 1, 2020, the recreational consumption, possession and sales of cannabis products became legal in Illinois for adults. Municipalities...
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Little League: Rotary, VFW earn quarterfinal victories

ROCHELLE — Rochelle Little League’s Major League City Championship tournament teed off with the quarterfinals on Monday. No. 5 seed Rotary defeated No. 4 seed Central Bank 13-3, while No. 3 seed VFW cruised over No. 6 seed Kiwanis 16-0 to reach the semifinal round. Rotary will advance to face No. 1 seed Lions and VFW will battle No. 2 seed Firemen.