Author Archives: Rick Koshko

County Board approves unusually long labor contract

After more than an hour in executive session Thursday, LaSalle County Board members approved two labor contracts and raises for non-union employees. The deals with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees are for five years retroactive to December 2018. Board Chairman Jim Olson says the idea is to give county officials plenty…Read more »

LaSalle woman identified as victim of fatal I-80 crash

The person who died in a three-vehicle crash north of Utica Tuesday was a 32-year old woman from LaSalle. Coroner William Wujek says she was Chelsea B. Davis. Davis was driving a car that ran into a semi-truck and a sport utility vehicle ahead of her on Interstate 80. The other vehicles had slowed down…Read more »

Ralph Nikischer, 63

Ralph Nikischer 1956 – 2020 Ralph Nikischer, 63, of Marseilles, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa, with Rev. David Kipfer, Pastor of Ottawa Catholic Parishes, officiating. Visitation will be from…Read more »

Betty Brue, 89

Betty E. Brue 1930 – 2020 Betty E. Brue, 89, of Ottawa passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Ottawa Pavilion. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, in Ottawa, with Rev. Randy Mortenson, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Memorial…Read more »

Peru power outage caused by vehicle hitting utility pole

A vehicle hit a utility pole in Peru and caused a power outage across a big stretch of the city last night. The Peru Fire Department says the crash happened at Frontage Rd. and Plank Rd. Plank Rd. was closed during accident cleanup. Meanwhile, numerous businesses and homes had no electricity.Read more »

Helen Norton, 95

Helen Rita Norton, 95, of Naperville, formerly of Ottawa, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020 at her home at Spring Meadows Assisted Living. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 am Saturday, February 15 at St. Columba Catholic Church with Rev. David Kipfer officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 11:00 am prior…Read more »

Helen L. Underwood, 80

Helen L. Underwood, age 80, of Ottawa, passed away Monday, February 10, 2020. Helen was born February 1, 1940 in McClure, Illinois, a daughter of August John Henry and Marie (Rogers) Held. She married Robert Underwood May 29, 1959 in Elgin, Illinois. Surviving is her husband, Robert; children, Steve (Tammy) Underwood of Sandwich, Gary Underwood…Read more »

Nancy A. Blakemore, 83

Nancy A. Blakemore, 83 of Streator passed away Tuesday evening at the Heritage Health Care, Streator Visitation will be Sunday from 2 – 4PM at the New Beginnings Baptist Church, Streator Memorial services will follow at 4 PM Burial will be a later date Winterrowd Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.Read more »

Will Hoge to perform in Ottawa

Record company people are always telling country-rock artist Will Hoge to stop being political so he can sell more music. But with 11 albums behind him and his 12th on the way, he’s satisfied with his formula. He says he has to get his feelings about big issues into his music so they’re out of…Read more »