Proper Christmas Tree disposal important


LISLE – A dry Christmas tree after the holidays have ended can quickly become a fire hazard, so authorities urge that once the tree shows signs of drying out it should be disposed of. Homeowners should never

State Police honor Scott’s Law Day


SPRINGFIELD – Motorists are reminded they should move over for vehicles on the shoulder every year on this date in Illinois. Scott’s Law Day is every December 23rd in honor of Lt. Scott Gillen of the Chicago

Turkey Preparation Key to Safe Thanksgiving


OTTAWA – With Thanksgiving approaching the CDC wants to remind those in charge of cooking to be aware of some tips to keep the holiday safe and healthy. They say that you should thaw your turkey in

A look back at the tradition of the ‘Turkey Pardon’


WASHINGTON – A long standing tradition at the White House is the yearly tradition of pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey.  Claims vary as to who began the tradition, from Abraham Lincoln to Dwight Eisenhower, but the most documented

Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires


SPRINGFIELD – Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment, with four times the average number occurring. Ranges and cook-tops account for almost three out of every five home fires reported involving cooking, with

Great American Smoke Out event Thursday


  OTTAWA – This Thursday, smokers will be challenged to quit for the day as part of the Great American Smoke Out. The LaSalle County Health Department is in on the movement sponsored by the American Cancer

114th anniversary of the Cherry Mine Disaster

Studstill Media Photo – Equipment on display at the Mine Disaster Museum in Cherry

CHERRY – It was 114 years ago today on November 13, 1909 over 250 men and boys died during fire in Bureau County in what was to become known as the Cherry Mine Disaster.  A coal car