Author Archives: Rick Koshko

IVCC budget for fiscal 2019 is approved

IVCC budget for fiscal 2019 is approved

Illinois Valley Community College trustees have approved a $34 million budget for fiscal year 2019. Revenue is expected to be $31.6 million. That would be 1.3% over the 2018 budget’s revenue. And expenses are expected to tally $34.4 million. That’s an 8% increase. The nearly $3 million difference will be made up with money on…Read more »

Donations wanted for Hegeler Carus Mansion staircase renovation

Donations wanted for Hegeler Carus Mansion staircase renovation

The Hegeler Carus Foundation is accepting donations for a staircase renovation. The 20-year old east entrance staircase is deteriorating because rainwater doesn’t run off of it very well. Site Manager Dan Irvin says it’s been closed for four years to protect people. The original staircase failed for the same reason, although somehow it lasted for…Read more »

Ottawa brewing company on tourism promotion magazine cover

Ottawa brewing company on tourism promotion magazine cover

One of the Ottawa craft breweries is on the cover of an Illinois tourism promotion magazine. Travel Illinois comes out twice a year and the fall-winter edition shows a scene at Tangled Roots Brewing Company. It shows two copper kettles that beer is brewed in. The magazine is published by the Illinois Office of Tourism.…Read more »

County ready to sell tax-delinquent properties

County ready to sell tax-delinquent properties

The LaSalle County Treasurer’s Office is taking sealed bids until the end of the month on properties nobody has paid taxes on in three or more years. The minimum bid is $818 for real estate and $845 for a mobile home. Treasurer Jim Spelich says it’s buyer beware. If someone has abandoned a piece of…Read more »

Mary K. Bell-Frieders, 85

Mary K. Bell-Frieders, 85

Mary K. Bell-Frieders, 85, of Ottawa passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at LaSalle County Nursing Home. Funeral Services will be held at 11 am, Tuesday, August 21 at the Marseilles United Methodist Church with Pastor Kihwan Choi officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm, Monday, August 20 at Ottawa Funeral Home and…Read more »

Marseilles man goes on court supervision in “revenge porn” case

Marseilles man goes on court supervision in “revenge porn” case

A Marseilles man pled guilty Thursday to transmitting sexual images without the participants’ consent. Sixty year old Mike Jakupcak agreed to spend two years on court supervision and testify in a Grundy County case against someone else. Prosecutors say Jakupcak distributed sexual images of two women in December and January. He was charged under the…Read more »

Steven E. Johnson, Sr., 61

Steven E. Johnson, Sr., 61

Steven E. Johnson, Sr. 1957-2018 Steven E. Johnson, 61, of Ottawa, died on Wednesday morning, August 15, 2018 at the Morris Hospital. A memorial service will be held at12 noon on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa, with Rev. David Kipfer, Pastor of Ottawa Catholic Parishes, officiating. Visitation will be…Read more »