Author Archives: Rick Koshko

Two men wanted for robbery at Streator business

Two men wanted for robbery at Streator business

Anybody who knows about an armed robbery at Streator Liquor and Tobacco is asked to call Streator police with the information. Police say two men wearing masks and dark clothing went into the business in the 400 block of N. Bloomington St. Tuesday night. They showed a gun and took some money from the cash…Read more »

Richard J. Alvarado, 66

Richard J. Alvarado, 66

Richard J. Alvarado passed away Thursday, November 15th, 2018 in Honolulu Hawaii at Queens Medical Center after fighting health complications. Celebration of Life and potluck will be held at 3 pm, Friday, December 7, 2018 at the Naplate Village Hall, 2000 Ottawa Avenue, Ottawa, IL 61350. Ottawa Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. He…Read more »

Timothy J. Donahue, 57

Timothy J. Donahue, 57

Timothy J. Donahue, 57, of Wallace Township, passed away Monday, December 3, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria after a long battle with cancer. Memorial Mass will be at 11:30 am, Friday, December 7 at St. Patrick’s Church, with Rev. David Kipfer officiating. Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery. Visitation will…Read more »

Sharon Doerr

Sharon Doerr of Utica died in her residence on December 4 at 12:10 PM. A funeral service will be held Saturday December 8 at 11 AM in St. Mary’s Church in Utica. Burial will follow. Visitation will be Friday December 7 from 4 to 7 PM in the Burgess Funeral Home in Utica. Additional visitation…Read more »

Ottawa also raising property taxes to fund pensions

Ottawa also raising property taxes to fund pensions

Ottawa’s $6.9 million property tax levy next year will be about $526,000 more than this year. About 82% of the increase is going to the police and fire fighter pension funds. Treasurer Don Harris says that’s because of recent legislation requiring cities to have 90% of their pensions covered by 2040. Commissioner Wayne Eichelkraut feels…Read more »

Ottawa ice skating rink to be set up during the next week

Ottawa ice skating rink to be set up during the next week

Ottawa’s ice skating rink should be set up on the Thornton Park tennis and basketball courts soon. City Commissioner James Less says skating in the approximately $10,000 portable rink will be free. There’ll be lights on part of the time in the evening so people can skate. But just when it opens is up to…Read more »

Shirley Mae Larson, 81

Shirley Mae Larson, 81

OTTAWA – Shirley Mae Larson, age 81, of Ottawa, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018 at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 7th at Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home with the Reverend Corey Krengiel officiating. Entombment will follow in the Shrine of Rest at Oakwood Memorial Park. Visitation will…Read more »

New LaSalle County Board term starts

New LaSalle County Board term starts

Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan swore in all the newly elected and reelected LaSalle County Board members Monday. Chairman Jerry Hicks is also serving in a County Board position. He lost reelection to his board seat four years ago but remained chairman. Also returning to the board after a four-year absence is Ottawa Republican Arratta…Read more »

Restroom remodeling at courthouse to cost $146,000.

Restroom remodeling at courthouse to cost $146,000.

The jury area restrooms at the Etna Rd. courthouse will be remodeled in the next five months. One of the last acts of the LaSalle County Board whose term just ended was to approve a $146,000 contract with Liebhart Construction. Board member Larry Butkus wondered why it’s so expensive since it’s a remodeling and not…Read more »