Author Archives: Rick Koshko

Deputy auditors fired for alleged overtime pay theft scheme

Deputy auditors fired for alleged overtime pay theft scheme

Terminated. The decision Thursday from the LaSalle County Board’s Salary and Labor Committee puts deputy auditors Pamela Wright and Tori Artman out of work. Neither they, their lawyer, the committee, nor County Board Chairman Jim Olson had any comment after a nearly two hour closed session meeting followed by the open session vote. It’s been…Read more »

Ottawa community garden open for a new season

Ottawa community garden open for a new season

Stephanie Stacy is in charge of the Ottawa community garden again and is signing up gardeners already. She says a lot of the gardeners return year after year. Stacy says the land the community garden plots are on has a good earthworm community. That keeps the soil loose enough for plants to grow and supports…Read more »

LaSalle County sues drug maker over addictive pain killer problem

LaSalle County sues drug maker over addictive pain killer problem

The LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office is going after a big drug maker for the opioid addiction problem. State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly filed a suit against Purdue Pharma this week, claiming it misled people about the safety and effectiveness of addictive pain killers. She says the company owners lined their pockets while people were hospitalized…Read more »

Becky McDonald, 63

Becky McDonald, 63

Becky McDonald, 63, of Peru, formerly of Cedar Point, Illinois passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Illinois Valley Community Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the American Legion in Ottawa. Ottawa funeral Home has been entrusted with her arrangements. Becky was born December 22, 1955 in…Read more »

Three area communities get safe school routes grant funds

Three area communities get safe school routes grant funds

LaSalle, DePue, and Somonauk are getting $200,000 each from the Illinois Safe Routes to School grant program. Cities ask for the money to improve sidewalks, crossings, and signs on streets where lots of kids walk to school. Gov. Pritzker’s office says 39 projects were approved statewide out of 160 applications. The money comes from a…Read more »

Spring planting not happening yet for most area farmers

Spring planting not happening yet for most area farmers

This area’s weather’s been bad for farmers trying to get spring planting started. LaSalle County Farm Bureau President David Isermann says they have another month or so to plant to take advantage of the growing season. He says the weather before planting won’t affect new seed. Farmers who have plants that have year-round or over-winter…Read more »

Mary L. Pleskovitch, 91

Mary L. Pleskovitch, 91

OTTAWA- Mary L. Pleskovitch, 91, passed away at Manor Court in Peru surrounded by her loving family on April 22, 2019. Funeral services will be Noon Friday, April 26th at Gladfelter – Roetker Funeral Home with Pastor Nathan Feig officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. till Noon before…Read more »