Photos: Annular solar eclipse rises over the Illinois Valley

Did the sunrise look a little different this morning? A crescent sun rises in the east over Interstate 80 in Princeton on Thursday June 10, 2021. An annular solar eclipse happens when the moon covers the Sun's center, leaving the Sun's visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire”, or crescent shaped sphere. The eclipse was only visible for about five minutes before fading away. Illinois next total solar eclipse will occur in the southern half of the state on Monday April 8, 2024.



Photo gallery from Day 1 of Ottawa Uncorked

Several visitors attended the Ottawa Uncorked wine festival Saturday, June 5, 2021, in downtown Ottawa. More than a dozen wineries were featured in the open-air festival spread across two portions of the downtown. The festival continues 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 6.





Photos: Work begins on the Illinois & Michigan Canal washout

The record flood of 2013 caused a massive washout of the Illinois and Michigan Canal about 2.5 miles east of Utica. Workers with D Construction are fixing the site by constructing a permanent bridge across the site. Work is expected to be completed by August.



Photos: Wild Bill Days bring the Old West to Utica

A live re-enactment celebrating Wild Bill Hickok's birthday was conducted Sunday, May 30, 2021, at the La Salle County Historical Society in Utica. Wild Bill Hickok was born in Troy Grove on May 27, 1837. Hickok was an American folk hero known for gambling, soldier, scout, showman, actor, lawman, and famous gun fights.