Illinois Rules of the Road 2014

As Illinois transitions from the winter season to construction season, repair projects on two popular thoroughfares in northern Illinois are getting underway.

People who regularly travel Illinois 2 in Ogle County may want to look for an alternative over the next several months, starting Monday. 

The Ogle County Board wants to continue negotiations with the Oregon City Council over a sally-port for the new county jail.

Plans for the jail included vacating part of Sixth Street  in Oregon for an uninterrupted path between the jail and courthouse. This would allow authorities to escort inmates directly between the two buildings for hearings without the need for additional security.

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Now in its 20th year, this statewide list from the group Landmarks Illinois "calls attention to threatened historic resources in need of assistance in the form of responsible stewardship, creative reuse plans, and/or advances in public policy."

A news release issued this week finds "the slow economic recovery, state budget crisis, and a lack of available financing continue to challenge historic sites throughout Illinois."

Guy Stephens / WNIJ

Seasonal wrapping of “The Eternal Indian” statue near Oregon, Ill., will resume within a few days. The century-old statue near Oregon Illinois has been deteriorating for decades. 

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We continue our occasional series “Community Close-Up” in Oregon, Illinois.  For the past nine years: large sculptures have been popping up around town.  They are part of a decade-long effort to expand the city’s tradition of art.