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SPRINGFIELD–A bill to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 by 2025 needs only Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature to become law, and his office said he stands ready to act in the coming … more
EAST DUBUQUE–The East Dubuque City Council may seek outside help to hire the city’s next police chief to replace Steve O’Connell who recently announced his retirement. Council … more
GALENA–Will the Galena City Council approve an off-leash dog park at Recreation Park? That’s still up-in-the-air after the council Monday, Jan. 28 postponed the agenda item until its … more
GALENA–The Galena City Council, meeting Monday, Jan. 14, approved a request by the Galena ARC, 413 S. Bench St., to rezone to planned unit development (PUD) with an associated preliminary PUD … more
GALENA–A new IT position was created in the county, but the proposed pay grade caused debate. The Jo Daviess County Board created the position of information technology technician during its … more
GALENA–The 153 dead or dying ash trees in open city right-of-ways and parks presents a bit of a challenge to the city of Galena. During the Wednesday, Dec. 26 city council meeting, the … more
HANOVER–The village of Hanover has three open trustee seats with four people filing for the April 2019 election. Lorraine Speer, Robert Nolan, Duane Brotherton and Dale Teberg have all filed … more
A riverfront area in East Dubuque will be a beehive of activity this coming year. Precision Pipeline received permission on Monday, Dec. 17 from the East Dubuque City Council, to use a nine-acre … more
GALENA–Proposed plans to remodel the Galena ARC building into vacation rentals cleared a significant hurdle after gaining approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals during its meeting on … more
GALENA–The Galena City Council voted to reduce the tax levy during its meeting on Monday, Dec. 10. The original levy called for an approximate $37,000 increase from last year’s levy, … more
GALENA–The Jo Daviess County Board appointed members to committees during its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11. It was the first meeting for newly elected members and the first under new board … more
FREEPORT–The office of state Rep. Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) is now open and ready to serve constituents. Chesney has named Sally Huggins as his legislative assistant in his Freeport … more
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