Jim Leach

Krissy Johnson named new director of Genoa Chamber

A new director has been named at the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce. According to a news release, the nonprofit organization appointed Krissy Johnson as the new executive director, following the departure of Cortney Strohacker, who will assume the director position at the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Johnson has worked as an administrative assistant for the chamber for almost 5 years.

Senator Dick Durbin calls for stronger action against vaping

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is continuing his crusade against vaping. Durbin joined Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot  yesterday at a news conference to call for stronger action and more education to discourage young people from picking up the habit. Lightfoot says she’s looking to impose a citywide ban in Chicago on the sale of flavored vaping products.

Illinois Ag Officials observing National Farm Safety and Health week

This week marks National Farm Safety and Health week, and Illinois agriculture officials are trying to highlight the number of hazards facing those who work in the industry. Farming remains one of the most dangerous industries in the country, with an average of 581 deaths a year among workers. The week-long observance includes social media campaigns on issues like tractor and rural roadway safety, farmer health and more.

Driving under the influence causes pair of area crashes

Local police are blaming driving under the influence for a pair of crashes over the weekend. According to the Daily Chronicle, the first incident happened just after 9:30 on Saturday on Route 38 and 4th Street in Malta. An Evansville, Indiana man who was driving a Honda that crossed the center-line was injured. Less than five hours later, a second-alcohol related crash happened early Sunday on Route 64 near Peace Road. Branden Beasley of DeKalb was heading east on 64 when his truck hit a guard rail. Police later charged him with driving under the influence.

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