Author Archives: Rick Koshko

St. Rep. Yednock to meet with veterans again

St. Rep. Lance Yednock wants to meet with veterans again. His second Veterans Advisory Committee will be at 6pm this Wednesday, November 20 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Ottawa. The Ottawa Democrat says any veterans, current service members, and others interested in veterans issues are welcome. He says he wants to understand…Read more »

Carl Donnelly, 93

Carl Donnelly, 93, of Ottawa passed away Sunday, November 17, 2019 at Pleasant View. Funeral service will be at 11:00 am Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Ottawa Funeral Home, with Rev. Duane Kaufman officiating. Visitation will be 10:00 – 11:00 Wednesday, one hour prior to services, at Ottawa Funeral Home. Burial will be in St.…Read more »

Wilhelmina “Billie” Hunt, 94

Wilhelmina “Billie” Ann (Noll) Hunt 1924-2019 Billie Hunt, 94, of Ottawa, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at St. Columba Church, with Rev. David Kipfer, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Memorial Park.…Read more »

Virginia M. Woltering, 94

Virginia M. (Warner) Woltering 1925-2019 Virginia M. (Warner) Woltering, 94, of Ottawa, passed away on Friday afternoon, November 15, 2019 at Pleasant View. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Ottawa, with Rev. Cherie Stewart, Pastor, officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to…Read more »

Joyce A. Rabe, 87

Joyce A. (Morgan) Rabe 1932 – 2019 Joyce Rabe, 87, of Ottawa, died on Friday night, November 15, at the Ottawa Pavilion. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa with Rev. Cheri Stewart, Pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in…Read more »

Retired teacher Roger Amm awarded for work in documentary

There’s another Regional Emmy in connection with a documentary about an Ottawa man’s search for information about his grandfather. Roger Amm won the award at the Chicago Regional Emmys Saturday night. His award is for Outstanding Crafts Achievement for On-Camera Talent in A Golden Cross to Bear: A Story of the 33rd Division in World…Read more »

Stop smoking with the Great American Smoke Out

Story by Martha Hoffman The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says over 34 million Americans smoke. If you’re one of them, the American Cancer Society hopes you will quit for a day as part of their annual event. This Thursday is the Great American Smoke Out. The LaSalle County Health Department is encouraging smokers…Read more »

Habitat For Humanity volunteers’ work becomes very visible

Habitat For Humanity’s project on Ottawa’s south side is becoming visible. Volunteers started putting up the walls Saturday. Valerie McAvoy will live there when it’s done. Habitat Executive Director Sally Van Cura says volunteers will be there every Saturday from 8am to 3pm until the home is done. People can go by the Catherine St.…Read more »

St. Rep. Demmer says ethics measures passed Thursday fall short

St. Rep. Tom Demmer has been speaking out about ethics reform for a few weeks now. He’s not done just because some measures passed the legislature Thursday. The Dixon Republican says the Democratic-sponsored measures don’t go far enough. Republicans intensified their push for ethics reforms after St. Rep. Luis Arroyo, a Chicago Democrat, resigned last…Read more »