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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
SPRINGFIELD–The Illinois Enterprise Zone Board approved 14 applications to establish or renew enterprise zones received for evaluation this year, one of which is the Northwest Illinois … more
EAST DUBUQUE–East Dubuque has a new employee, albeit a temporary one. At a special meeting on Jan. 27, the East Dubuque City council hired Alyssa Darnall as a part-time police department … more
GALENA–The Jo Daviess County Board meeting on Sept. 10 saw a lot of controversial topics come to light. The first on the agenda was the contract with Galena Country Tourism (GCT) in the … more
GALENA–The Jo Daviess County Board held two meetings on Nov. 19. The first was the annual budget hearing and approval of budget. The county budget was approved by a vote of 15-1 with board … more
EAST DUBUQUE–It all sounds rather harsh: “East Dubuque Fire-Rescue is a good department, but it is not a great department.” This is not some potshot directed at the fire … more
SPRINGFIELD–State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) says his years serving in the military and in law enforcement, and his success in business development give him valuable insight into issues he … more
GALENA–With very few members of the public present, the city of Galena’s Zoning Board of Appeals voted 5-2 Wednesday, Sept. 11, to forward to the city council a positive recommendation … more
GALENA–In what could be a first for Jo Daviess County, a Washington-based company is seeking approval for three large-scale solar farms. Action was postponed on granting three special use … more
  FREEPORT–Rep. Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) has been appointed to the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee in addition to five committees and two subcommittees. “I was … more
  WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Deb Fischer (R-NE), along with U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), recently called on the U.S. Government … more
GALENA–If all goes as planned, there could soon be a new officer joining the Galena Police Department. This officer will be of the K-9 variety. On Monday, Aug. 27, the Galena City Council … more
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