Lee County

What Consolidation Means For Rural School Districts

Jun 6, 2016
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One of the quirks of Illinois public education is the fact that public elementary, middle, and high schools in a single city or county may be their own independent school district.

While some tout the advantages of greater local control, others argue this governing structure is inefficient. In the first of a two-part series, we examine the ways these separate entities may consolidate, starting with rural schools.

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Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller is taking a leave of absence after her misdemeanor DUI arrest, according to Lee County Board Chairman Rick Ketchum. 

Sauk Valley Media reports that Sacco-Miller's decision on whether to resign won’t be made public until a news conference this morning.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Heroin users in one northwestern Illinois county are finding an unusual ally when they’re ready to give up drugs…their local police.

Andrew Epstein / WNIJ

Illinois residents affected by last month's tornados in Lee and Grundy counties will get extra time to file state tax returns. 

Governor Bruce Rauner's office said Wednesday the deadline to file tax returns and make payments will be Dec. 31. He says that will allow residents to recover from the storms and file their returns on time.

Taxpayers who mail their returns and payments should write “Tornado June 2015” in red ink on the outside of the envelope and at the top of each page. Those filing electronically should check the Illinois Department of Revenue website.

The National Weather Service confirms a tornado did touch down in a rural section of northern Illinois Monday. Forecasters say the small tornado was on the ground for about five minutes in Lee County.

State Dismisses Its Case Against Crundwell

Apr 30, 2013

Lee County prosecutors have dismissed state charges against Rita Crundwell, the former Dixon comptroller who is serving a federal prison sentence for stealing more than $50-million dollars from the city. The decision regarding the state's case was approved by a judge during a brief hearing Tuesday.

Rita Crundwell's State Case Still Pending

Mar 5, 2013

Dixon's former comptroller was back in court Monday. Rita Crundwell's attorney wants a judge to dismiss state charges against his client, who was sentenced last month to more than 19-years in federal prison.