Author Archives: Rick Koshko

United Way Labor of Love home improvement application time

United Way Labor of Love home improvement application time

Low income people who need help repairing homes they own can ask for help from the United Way of Eastern LaSalle County again. The applications are available at many banks in the United Way chapter’s service area. That area goes from the Leland area to Grand Ridge and from Naplate to Seneca. Home owners have…Read more »

Man convicted in standoff over eviction changing lawyers

Man convicted in standoff over eviction changing lawyers

The lawyer who represents 57-year old Jeffrey Sorrentino of Peru when he’s sentenced won’t be the same one who represented him at trial. Judge H. Chris Ryan found Sorrentino guilty but mentally ill two months ago in connection with an armed standoff with police who were evicting him from a foreclosed home. In court Friday,…Read more »

Algal bloom could happen on the Illinois River

Algal bloom could happen on the Illinois River

Algae could be blooming on the Illinois River. A toxin was detected in the river at Hennepin. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency spokesperson Kim Biggs says environmental and health officials are watching for bluish and greenish masses from Morris to Lacon. An algal bloom is a natural phenomenon often triggered by weather. It was hot for…Read more »

Unemployment goes up slightly from April to May

Unemployment goes up slightly from April to May

Unemployment climbed slightly from April to May. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the LaSalle County rate went from 4.5% to 4.7%. Bureau County’s went from 3.6% to 3.8%. Putnam County’s went from 4.2% to 4.3%. The combined rate for all three counties climbed from 4.3% to 4.4%.Read more »

Ottawa selling home damaged in last year’s tornado

Ottawa selling home damaged in last year’s tornado

One of the homes damaged in last year’s tornado is now property of the city of Ottawa. City Attorney Christina Cantlin says the city is selling it for a minimum bid of $10. The home is in the 500 block of Second Ave. Cantlin says the owner couldn’t fix it, so she gave it to…Read more »

Seneca High close to hiring school resource officer

Seneca High close to hiring school resource officer

If the school board approves the agreement next month, there’ll be a school resource officer at Seneca High School in the new school year. Supt. Jim Carlson says the idea came up a few years ago. News of school shootings in the last few months changed it from could-do to must-do status. Carlson says a…Read more »

Ottawa gets the better deal it wanted on street and curb work

Ottawa gets the better deal it wanted on street and curb work

Opperman Construction of Pontiac is getting the contract for this year’s street patching and curb work in Ottawa. The City Council approved the low bid this week. Two weeks ago, the commissioners and mayor rejected the bids that had come in. Commissioner James Less said they were all a lot higher than the engineer’s estimate.…Read more »

New strategy in NCAT garage space quest

New strategy in NCAT garage space quest

After all the talk about building a new garage for the North Central Area Transit buses, the solution to the space problem may be to buy a garage that already exists. Ottawa City Commissioner Wayne Eichelkraut says NCAT could move in faster. He’d still have an approval process to go through with the state department…Read more »

Ottawa annexing 30 homes to solve septic problems

Ottawa annexing 30 homes to solve septic problems

Thirty home owners just outside the city of Ottawa have septic system problems that are too hard to deal with themselves. Mayor Bob Eschbach says the city is helping. The City Council agreed to the annexations Tuesday night. The city is becoming responsible for providing water and sewer service to the area. Not everyone in…Read more »