159th Bureau County Fair Begins Today

The 159th annual Bureau County Fair begins today at the fairgrounds in Princeton. Gates open at noon, with the carnival starting at 5. Other attractions include a chain saw carving artist, a family magic fun show, new this year; the Galaxy Girl Aerial Thrill Show. A beer garden opens at 5 and tonight’s grandstand event is an Antique Tractor Pull beginning at 6. The highlight of the fair's five-day run is tomorrow night's grandstand concert by The Beach Boys. WZOE-AM 1490 is broadcasting…

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City of Princeton To End Yearly Spring and Fall Cleanup

The City of Princeton is doing away with yearly Spring and Fall cleanup days. Princeton City Manager Jeff Clawson says after the fall cleanup beginning October 6th, the city will begin a new program to pick-up items routinely with your regular weekly garbage pick-up. Beginning on October 20th, all eligible items will be picked up week to week with your regular garbage. No additional fees will be charged as long as the volume of garbage overall does not increase beyond regular routine garbage…

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Illinois Briefs – 8/20/14

Quinn Says Illinois Economy Is Strong (Chicago, IL) -- Governor Pat Quinn says he believes that the state's economy is strong. His Republican challenger Bruce Rauner says data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the state leads the Midwest in job losses this year. Quinn says the state's unemployment rate has dropped since he took office. Quinn says Illinois has the highest wages compared to its neighbors. Rauner says the BLS data shows Illinois has lost 42-hundred jobs since the…

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Multi-Vehicle Accident On Interstate 80 Injures Three

Three people are injured following a traffic accident on Interstate 80 near LaSalle. The accident happened just after 2 yesterday afternoon and closed down the westbound lane of I-80 for more than 2 hours. State Police say 19 year old Kayla Guenther of Ottawa struck a semi while merging onto eastbound I-80. Her car crossed over into the westbound lanes. A Spring Valley couple traveling westbound on a motorcycle tried to avoid the car and crashed into a guardrail. Guenther and the man driving…

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Illinois Briefs – 8-19-14

First Human Case Of West Nile Virus Found (Springfield, IL) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health says the first human case of West Nile Virus for this year has been reported. A woman in the Chicago area in her 70s that became ill in July. Last year there were 117 human cases of West Nile Virus, but IDPH spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the weather has been on our side this year. She says the mosquitoes that carry don't breed as much in cooler, wetter weather. She says you should still…

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Interstate 80 Traffic Detoured After Multi-Vehicle Crash

Westbound traffic on Interstate 80 is being detoured this afternoon. District 17 State Police Master Sergeant Anthony Kestner reports they’re handling a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 80 Westbound at mile post 79. Westbound traffic on I-80 is being rerouted at mile post 81 (south) to US Route 6 (west) to Interstate 39 (north) to Interstate 80 (west). This detour is expected to be in effect until at least 4:30 this afternoon. Further information will be released as it’s…

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Three Princeton Residents Arrested On Felony Theft Charges

Several Princeton residents are in trouble after Princeton Police arrested them Sunday in a series of felony theft charges, residential burglary and possession of a controlled substance.  Princeton Police Chief Tom Root says arrested on felony theft charges are 22 year old Matthew Mesick, 20 year old Kristin Bolin and 23 year old Christopher Bookwalter. Bolin is also charged with possession of a controlled substance and Bookwalter with residential burglary. All three are in the Bureau County…

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Illinois Briefs – 8/18/14

Smoking Banned On Illinois Campuses (Chicago, IL) -- Starting next year, you won't be able to smoke on college campuses in Illinois. Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation that bans smoking both indoors and outdoors on all state-supported colleges and universities. The ban begins on July 1st of next year. The Illinois Department of Public Health says the law should help decrease the number of people who smoke and keep people from starting to smoke. New Laws Keep Drugs Away From…

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Illinois Briefs – 8/15/14

Edgar Says State Is A Disaster Under Governor Quinn (Springfield, IL)  --  Former Governor Jim Edgar is jumping into the governor's race with full support for Bruce Rauner.  Edgar says it's time to mix things up in Springfield because the state hasn't fared so well under Democratic leadership.  In fact, he says things have been in a state of disaster under Governor Quinn and former Governor Rod Blagojevich's watch.  Edgar supported Kirk Dillard in the GOP primary back in March but he…

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Amber Alert – Child Abduction Emergency

An Amber Alert has been issued for an abduction in Waukegan.  The Illinois State Police say Dyniste Finley, 4, and her brother Dejavante, 3, were abducted this morning by their father.  23-year old Dejavante Finley, 23, is described as a black male, 5'5 tall and weighing around 130 pounds.  He was wearing a gray tee-shirt, light blue jeans, and blue and black tennis shoes.  Dyniste was wearing a pink shirt and pink skirt while her brother was dressed in a gray shirt, blue shorts and black…

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The Princeton Coffeehouse will present singer-songwriter John Gorka in concert on August 23rd at 7:30 PM.  Doors open at 7:00.  Gorka, a New Jersey native, began his [...]

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