Author Archives: Ethan Kruger

Dennis Brue to be inducted into OHS Hall of Fame

Dennis Brue to be inducted into OHS Hall of Fame

Denny Brue, of the Ottawa High School class of 1970, is being inducted into the Hall of Fame Saturday. He’s the first state championship athlete from OHS. Brue won the state pole vaulting championship the same year he graduated. He continued in athletics in college and eventually became a teacher and coach. Brue also ran…Read more »

Local St. Rep. against minimum wage hike

Local St. Rep. against minimum wage hike

Dixon Republican Tom Demmer spoke against the minimum wage hike approved in the Illinois House Thursday. He says won’t just hurt businesses. Meanwhile, Gov. JB Prtizker is praising the Illinois House for passing the bill. He says it will give many Illinoisans more to spend and therefore help the economy. The bill increases the $8.25…Read more »

Still no trial date for alleged driver in Streator murder

Still no trial date for alleged driver in Streator murder

22-year-old Ashanti Roberts, of Chicago, is once again being represented by the Public Defender’s Office in the murder case against her. Her private attorney withdrew Thursday. Roberts fired her first public defender. She’s not currently scheduled for trial. Roberts is accused of taking part in the robbery that led to the shooting death of 33-year-old…Read more »

Man who escaped from Illinois State Police in custody again

Man who escaped from Illinois State Police in custody again

Illinois State Police say 39-year-old Erik Winfert is once again in custody after escaping out of a back door at District 17 Headquarters in LaSalle Thursday morning. It took police about an hour to find him. A K-9 was used to locate Winfert in a wooded area near Raccuglia Drive and Chartres Street. Winfert was…Read more »

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

The LaSalle County Health Department wants you to think about your own heart this Valentine’s Day, especially women. Health Educator Leslie Dougherty says February is American Heart Month. Dougherty says people should find out from their doctors what risks they have and then take steps to reduce them. Controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, and maintaining a…Read more »

Cong. Kinzinger deployed

Cong. Kinzinger deployed

Cong. Adam Kinzinger is on deployment to the U.S.-Mexico border. A message posted on his social media pages does not say when he’ll return. In the meantime, his offices will remain open. Kinzinger serves in the Air National Guard. He’ll remain in the U.S. throughout the deployment.Read more »

IVAC Executive Director looks forward

IVAC Executive Director looks forward

Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joni Hunt touted big website numbers and increasing membership during a look back on 2018 and a look forward to 2019 Wednesday. Hunt also talked about a new program to bring non-profit groups together. The Chamber is also looking at ways to get people ready to join…Read more »

Rezin proposes Starved Rock parking fee

Rezin proposes Starved Rock parking fee

Morris State Senator Sue Rezin is proposing a bill that will allow the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to charge a parking fee at Starved Rock State Park. Rezin says ideally people will park first and then use a machine to pay for and print a parking pass. The money will be used for trail…Read more »

Bartlett man dead after fall from billboard

Bartlett man dead after fall from billboard

A 42-year-old man is dead after a fall from a billboard Saturday just east of Route 71 near I-80. He was identified as Damien E. Glasgow, of Bartlett. He was working on the billboard at the time. The Marseilles Fire Department says Glasgow fell about 30-feet and was barely breathing when the ambulance arrived. Responders…Read more »

Grace (Coffey) Caulder, 91

Grace (Coffey) Caulder, 91

Grace (Coffey) Caulder 1927-2019 Grace (Coffey) Caulder, 91, of Ottawa, died on Saturday night, February 9, 2019 at the Ottawa Pavilion. Gravesides services will be held 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Oakwood Memorial Park, with Rev. Duane Kaufman, officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa. Grace was…Read more »