Author Archives: Rick Koshko

Streator considering starting electric utility

Streator considering starting electric utility

Streator Mayor Jimmie Lansford has an idea for generating city revenue from solar power without owning any solar panels. If the city starts its own electric utility to buy electricity wholesale and sell it to residents and businesses, solar farms near Streator could be suppliers. The city council could ask voters to approve it in…Read more »

Streator mayor eyes unlicensed sweepstakes machines as threat to video gambling revenue stream

Streator mayor eyes unlicensed sweepstakes machines as threat to video gambling revenue stream

Streator city officials are eyeing a form of gambling related entertainment as a possible threat to video gambling that generates tax revenue. Mayor Jimmie Lansford says sweepstakes machines aren’t licensed and pay no revenue to state and local governments. That undercuts those who’ve gone to the trouble of licensing video slot machines and other games.…Read more »

Hamsters die in house fire

Hamsters die in house fire

Pet hamsters were the casualties in a home fire in Streator Tuesday afternoon. Streator’s fire department says it was an accidental fire in the 700 block of W. Grant St. and it was in the basement. Smoke spread throughout the home and that’s what killed the pets. Four people who live there are being taken…Read more »

Morris Hospital gets okay for main building renovation

Morris Hospital gets okay for main building renovation

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has authorized Morris Hospital to go ahead with $33.5 million in work at its main building. Public Relations Manager Janet Long says a new emergency room with more privacy will be built next year. Some employees are being moved to new spaces in the hospital because their…Read more »

City election filings are underway

City election filings are underway

There’ll be a ballot position lottery at Ottawa City Hall next Tuesday, December 18 at 8am. Dan Aussem and Julie Johnson, both asking to be mayor, were in line when filing started Monday morning. For the same reason, there’ll also be a lottery to determine which order James Less, Wayne Eichelkraut, Tom Ganiere, and Tom…Read more »

Ottawa asking for rail congestion study grant

Ottawa asking for rail congestion study grant

Ottawa City Hall and the Illinois Department of Transportation will work together on a rail congestion study. Mayor Bob Eschbach says the possibility of moving the train assembly location is out there. Assembling them at their current spots on the tracks on the way through town causes so many of the backups everyone’s always complaining…Read more »

Ottawa applying for Green St. elevation grant

Ottawa applying for Green St. elevation grant

Ottawa city officials believe it will cost around $4 million to raise Green St. A Federal Emergency Management Agency grant would pay for up to 75% of it. The City Council agreed last week to apply for it. The east side street that’s prone to flooding could be raised eight to ten feet to get…Read more »

Final plans for senior citizen apartment building approved

Final plans for senior citizen apartment building approved

The Ottawa City Council has approved the final plans for Anthony Place. That’s a low income senior citizen apartment building to be put up behind the First National Bank drive-thru north of City Hall. Mayor Bob Eschbach says the contractor plans to begin construction in early 2019. There may be grants to help low income…Read more »