LaSalle County

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The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to review the Rock Island Clean Line project.  

The proposed power line would transmit electricity generated from wind farms beginning in northwest Iowa through Illinois' Bureau and LaSalle counties.

Starved Rock State Park

Conservation police are expected to issue a record amount of tickets at Starved Rock State Park.  

The LaSalle News-Tribune reports the previous record was 1,484 tickets in 2014.  Now, officials say they're  on pace to issue 1,568, more than three times the total in an average year. 

 The company behind the Rock Island Clean Line plans to appeal their case to the Illinois Supreme Court.

The project would transmit electricity from northwest Iowa to a converter station in Grundy County.  Parent company Clean Line Energy wanted to use eminent domain to secure property for the project in LaSalle County. 

Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers

The LaSalle County Board voted 20-6 Monday to extend a moratorium on any new high-capacity wells in the area.  It effectively bans the creation of any new sand mining operations, which require large amounts of water.   

The moratorium was supposed to expire today, but the Ottawa Times reports board members want to wait for the results of a water study from the U.S. Geological Survey.  The group says the study is set to finish in late September.  

The moratorium remains in effect until the County Board's next meeting Nov. 3.  

The LaSalle County city of Marseilles has issued a voluntary evacuation because of rising floodwaters.

Emergency officials don’t expect the river to rise to levels that would require a mandatory evacuation. But under their flood plans, once the Illinois River hits flood stage, 19 feet, people in areas damaged by floods in 2013 are advised to leave their homes. Or at least keep a close eye on the rising water.

They were notified by automated phone messages.

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