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SPRINGFIELD – The New Year is beginning with significant changes to employment law in Illinois, as it becomes the third state to mandate paid days off for any reason.

JOLIET – Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) recently announced that Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) will receive $889,855 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants Program.

MENDOTA – The American Red Cross held a blood drive on Dec. 12 at the Mendota Moose Family Center.

SPRINGFIELD – Millions of new state dollars are now available for Illinoisans interested in building out the state’s network of local food infrastructure – from animal processing to trucking, and food hubs to community kitchens.

TRIUMPH – The public is invited to join Pastor Sandy Smith and the congregation of the Triumph United Methodist Church for a traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service at 3 p.m. Sunday Dec. 24.

LaSALLE – Stage 212 is helping young people ring in the New Year in style with the “Siblings New Year’s Bash,” a child friendly party presented at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 at the theater, 700 First St., LaSalle.

OGLESBY – An abbreviated version of IVCC's popular and unique college readiness program, Get Set, will be offered in January as students prepare to begin spring semester classes.

LaSALLE – Stage 212 hits a high note with its off-season 2024 production of William Finn and James Lapine’s “Falsettos,” the hilarious, heartbreaking and utterly unique musical about family, relationships, bar mitvahs, baseball and AIDS.

BLOOMINGTON – Farm income is forecast to shrink in 2023 after climbing to record highs in 2022.

MENDOTA – During the ceremonies for his late wife, Dr. Mary Chinn, Bob Chinn was surprised.

MENDOTA – It’s truly a special time of year.

OGLESBY – The IVCC Theatre Department’s production of “Jingle All The Way - A Very Merry Holiday Revue!” returns to the stage to celebrate the holidays with song, dance, comedy, and even Santa Claus.

Campus notes for area college students.

OTTAWA – OSF HealthCare is delighted to share exciting news about its continued commitment to providing quality healthcare to the communities in the Illinois Valley.

PERU — The faculty and students of St. Bede Academy have selected seniors Isabella Hagenbuch and Logan Potthoff as the 2023-24 winners of the DAR (Daughters of American Revolution) and the SAR (Sons of American Revolution) Good Citizenship awards.

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