Author Archives: Rick Koshko

New baby in St. Rep. Welter’s family

New baby in St. Rep. Welter’s family

The Illinois General Assembly is still off for spring break, so St. Rep. David Welter won’t miss any of the session for family leave in the very near future. He announced Tuesday in a social media post his wife Ashley bore their third child Tuesday morning just before 8am. The girl’s name is April. She…Read more »

IVCC starting cyber security degree

IVCC starting cyber security degree

Illinois Valley Community College is starting a cyber security degree. Dean of Workforce Development Shane Lange says someone getting such a degree could qualify for jobs that start at $20 or more per hour. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says the media pay is around $47 per hour. Lange says people considering a cyber…Read more »

Highway projects start this week in Ottawa and Ransom

Highway projects start this week in Ottawa and Ransom

Two big road construction projects start this week in LaSalle County. A contractor will start patching in some places and resurfacing in others on Illinois 23 in Ottawa. The work from Fremont St. to McKinley Rd. will last into the fall. And the BNSF Railroad bridge on Illinois 170 by Ransom will be closed for…Read more »

Seneca High offers transition fair for special education preparing for life after school

Seneca High offers transition fair for special education preparing for life after school

Seneca High School special education students have been invited to a Transition Summit next Wednesday. Assistant Principal Mike Coughlin says job coaches, transit service representatives, and others will be there to talk about support services that are available. Students in special education programs have different levels of support needs. Coughlin says the goal is to…Read more »

Traveling cup presented to Ottawa for Hometown Volunteerism

Traveling cup presented to Ottawa for Hometown Volunteerism

A sign will be installed somewhere in Ottawa soon to tell that the city was awarded the Governor’s Award for Hometown Volunteerism last year. A commemorative cup for it is at City Hall. Local veterans who brought The Moving Wall Vietnam War memorial replica to the city last year presented it to Mayor Bob Eschbach…Read more »