Author Archives: Rick Koshko

Movie showing is aimed at promoting yes votes on the city manager

Movie showing is aimed at promoting yes votes on the city manager

The Streator Yes group has arranged for a movie about a Dixon city official who embezzled $54 million to be shown at the Streator Eagle 6 cinema Wednesday night. Member Steve Broadus hopes voters say yes to keeping the city manager form of government. He believes Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell’s crime would have been caught…Read more »

Public weighs in on Jackson St. plaza proposal

Public weighs in on Jackson St. plaza proposal

The public weighed in on downtown Jackson St. plaza plans at Ottawa City Hall last night. Now, it’s up to consultant Matt Zolecki and his team with Wight and Company to sort through the comments. People want to preserve a place to remember history. They also want a more natural looking area and not something…Read more »

Parking consultant finds plenty of open spaces in downtown Ottawa

Parking consultant finds plenty of open spaces in downtown Ottawa

A parking consultant says half the parking spaces within two blocks of the proposed downtown Ottawa Jackson St. plaza remain available during busy times. Therefore, a new event center and the elimination of parking on Jackson St. by Washington Park won’t create a parking problem. Not everyone at last night’s meeting on the plaza proposal…Read more »

Chamber calls Ottawa Town Meeting to inform potential candidates

Chamber calls Ottawa Town Meeting to inform potential candidates

The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting the city’s residents to the Knights of Columbus at 7pm Thursday, October 25 for the Ottawa Town Meeting. Assistant Executive Director Meg Skelly says it’ll be modeled a lot after the Competitive Communities Initiative meeting of 20 years ago. People will brainstorm out loud what they like…Read more »

Ottawa Sears is not closing

Ottawa Sears is not closing

Sears Hometown is not the same company as Sears Holdings. So the Sears Holdings bankruptcy filing is not going to cause the Sears Hometown store in Ottawa to close. It is a privately owned franchise. Sears Hometown sells appliances and tools from many manufacturers, but its business model is largely independent of Sears owned-and-operated businesses.…Read more »

Colbee Francisco, 38

Colbee Francisco, 38

OTTAWA – How do you write an ordinary obituary about an extraordinary man. On October 12, 2018 the world as we all knew it became a little more quiet and a lot less bright when our beloved husband, dad, son, grandson, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend, Colbee Francisco, took his last breath after experiencing…Read more »

LaVerne Cheatham, 95

LaVerne Cheatham, 95

LAVERNE MAE CHEATHAM MARSEILLES – LaVerne Mae Cheatham, age 95, of Marseilles, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marseilles with Reverend Ghislain Inai officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview…Read more »

State comptroller says young people will wake up to politics

State comptroller says young people will wake up to politics

A lot of young people these days don’t feel like the Democratic and Republican parties can represent them. Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza isn’t worried about that as she speaks to them at college campuses like Illinois Valley Community College. Mendoza says she felt disenfranchised from the political parties when she was a younger adult too.…Read more »