Whiteside County

Whiteside County may soon become a center for solar energy in northwest Illinois. The county is now considering six applications for solar farms.

The county's Economic Development Director, Gary Camarano, says it's the result of state law creating incentives for solar developers. And the goal is for the state to generate at least 25 percent renewable energy by 2025.

So far he thinks there is a lot of interest from local residents.

Whiteside County Economic Development

A warehouse and distribution company from Ohio may boost the economy of Rock Falls and Whiteside County. Robinson Investments, based in the city of Bellefontaine, has bought the former Stanley Black and Decker Plant that's been vacant for nearly eight years.

Gary Camarano

China could help boost the economy of Whiteside County and northwest Illinois. That's the goal for Tuesday's visit by the Chinese Consul General from Chicago.

Ill Dept of Transportation

After many years of study, the Illinois Department of Transportation has decided not to widen a historic highway in Whiteside County. Thursday afternoon it will hold a public open house in Morrison to explain the decision affecting US 30, from Fulton to Rock Falls.

Help Solve a Cold Case

Aug 31, 2016
Whiteside County Sheriff's Office

The sheriff's office in Whiteside County is trying once again to solve a more-than-20- year old murder case. Wednesday it announced detectives are working with federal authorities and local agencies to try and dig up information about Kimberly Mabry.

Illinois DNR

State and local authorities are trying to find out who's been growing marijuana in the Big Bend State Fish and Wildlife Area, near Prophetstown. Last week, agents from the Illinois DNR and Whiteside County Sheriff's Office removed and destroyed 260 large plants.

Photo Provided by Dan Thorngren

Volunteers in Morrison and Silvis have been recognized for improving their communities. Last week, Governor Pat Quinn announced the winners of the thirty-second annual Governor's Hometown Awards. Volunteers in Morrison were honored for building a new recreational trail. Spokeswoman Ann Slavin says the Morrison-Rockwood Trail has been in the works for sixteen years. Residents and local businesses helped pay for the project, and volunteered to create and preserve the trail. 

Slavin says the second half of the trail will be finished once the group raises $200,000.