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BLOOMINGTON — Mayor Tari Renner will host a special open house at 4 p.m. Friday to discuss and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The regular Mayor’s Open House will follow at 4:30 pm.

The public is invited. Renner, a university political science professor, also will discuss the Selma to Montgomery march.

Report: LaSalle Co. crime down in 2014

OTTAWA — Crime statistics for LaSalle County at the end of the year showed a drop in virtually all categories.

There were 536 felonies for the year, the lowest since 2001. There were 1,448 misdemeanors, the lowest in 28 years. Juvenile crime was down 17 percent from last year and there were 541 drunken driving arrests, four less than the previous year, which was also a record year.

Better crime labs, police cameras and more incarceration were attributed for the drop. 

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