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Former Ogle County Sheriff Charged With Theft

Oct 13, 2016

Former Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn faces two felony theft charges from his time in office.

Court documents filed Wednesday allege he used Ogle County funds to purchase a variety of items for himself between June 2011 and December 2014.  The items range from boat equipment and party tents to personal auto maintenance and radio advertising.  The complaint also says Harn made the purchases under false pretenses by claiming they would be used by the Sheriff's Office.  

Federal Grant To Expand Rochelle's Rail Service

Sep 30, 2016
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Rochelle was awarded a $3.42 million grant through the federal Economic Development Administration.  

It's expected to provide about half the funds to expand the City of Rochelle Railroad further into Lee County.  

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DeKalb County and several surrounding counties are recovering from a 9-1-1 service outage that occurred Tuesday evening. 

As of Thursday morning, DeKalb County is routing 9-1-1 calls through the Sheriff's Office. Officials say the line can only accept one 9-1-1 call at a time, so if callers receive a busy signal, they suggest retrying the number, or calling local law enforcement (numbers are below).  

The system also can't determine caller's addresses at the moment, so officials will be asking for that information upon receipt of calls. 

Lee-Ogle Enterprise Zone Is Approved

Sep 9, 2016

The  Illinois State Enterprise Zone Board recently approved the Lee-Ogle Enterprise Zone.  

The zone provides exemptions to a variety of business taxes, which would then promote economic development in the two counties.  The two counties were ranked sixth among 18 statewide applicants.  They competed for 12 vacant slots.  

Grubsteakers Reopens 17 Months After Tornado

Sep 7, 2016
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Grubsteakers was a popular highway stop at the intersection of Illinois 251 and Illinois 64 when it was devastated by a tornado on April 9 of last year. 

Owner Ava Mirtoska saved 11 people that night by herding them into the restaurant’s basement, and the location’s strong community connections motivated her to start anew.

"This is like a home for most of the regulars," she said, "and that’s one big reason I rebuilt it and went back into business." 

Today, Mirtoska opened the doors to a parking lot full of gracious clients.