LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES



Updated: October 2nd, 5:35 AM

Illinois River Cleanup in Ottawa
The City of Ottawa and local utilities are looking to remove leftover coal tar along the Illinois River front. Ottawa City Engineer Dave Noble says a pilot study is underway to determine if remaining coal tar at the river front near the old Central School site can be removed. Noble says consultants have determined that the tar is nearly 20 feet below the ground. Noble says the contamination will have to be removed if the city wants to move forward with plans to build a waterfront park on the old site, which was approved last May.
 
Officials look to experiment with an underground treatment of the tar known as Self-sustaining Treatment for Active Remediation, which involves heating the coal tar and destroying it through a smoldering effect. If it proves successful, the method will be used and cleanup will begin in 2015.
 
Earlville Woman Hurt in Crash
An Earlville woman was injured in a crash that killed a cow Tuesday evening. The Kendall County Sheriff's Office says 44-year old Sherry Meine was driving in the 17000 Block of Galena Road, north of Plano, around 8:30 PM Tuesday, when she struck a cow that was standing in the middle of the road. Authorities say Meine was taken to Valley West Hospital and the cow was killed in the collision.

Woodland Teacher Relieved of Coaching Duties
A teacher at Woodland Schools has been relieved of his coaching duties. Superintendent Hank Boer says the decision was made at a special meeting of the board on Monday evening. Boer says 7th and 8th grade boys basketball and junior high track coach Patrick DuMais was relieved after the school board received reports and recommendations from the school’s administration regarding DuMais’ coaching conduct and performance. Boer says the decision will not affect DuMais’ teaching duties and responsibilities.
 
Ebola Safety
The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has the head of the Chicago Department of Public Health assuring people the virus doesn't pose a significant risk to the general public. Ebola symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding, and can appear as long as 21 days after exposure to the virus. The disease isn't contagious until symptoms begin, and it takes close contact with bodily fluids to spread.
 
Dr. Bechara Choucair says his department has been working for more than a month with health care workers to "ensure they are aware of diagnostic, testing, reporting and infection control recommendations."
 
Mink Release
Two men accused of releasing 2,000 mink at a farm southwest of Chicago are challenging the constitutionality of the federal law used to charge them. Their lawyer says the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is too broad and the use of "terrorism" in its title could prejudice jurors. The two men from California have pleaded not guilty. They could face up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted.
 
Rock Island Weekend Fire
Investigators still don't know what caused a large fire in downtown Rock Island over the weekend. They believe Saturday's started at the back of a vacant building that once housed a cafe. Seven other buildings were damaged and city officials have been helping those business owners begin to recover.
 
Arrests Made in Drug Ring
Federal authorities have charged more than 20 people in connection with a drug ring that operated in at least six states including Illinois. Prosecutors in Chicago say agents have arrested at least 14 suspects and seized large amounts of cocaine, heroin and marijuana, along with millions in cash.