Author Archives: Ethan Kruger

Yednock responds to Long lawsuit

Yednock responds to Long lawsuit

The incoming 76th District State Representative wants a defamation lawsuit by the outgoing state rep. tossed. A court filing earlier this month from Lance Yednock also wants Jerry Long to pay his legal fees. Long, through his attorney Julie Ajster, sued Yednock and his campaign for running a false television ad that he claims incorrectly…Read more »

Fox River levee project out to bid

Fox River levee project out to bid

The Ottawa High School Board is sending the Fox River Levee improvement project out to bid. The board voted on it Monday. Supt. Mike Cushing says a Federal Emergency Management Agency Grant worth $1.1-million will pay for some of it. Bids are due at the end of January. Cushing says the board could approve one…Read more »

Second heroin death in Grundy County prompts warning from coroner

Second heroin death in Grundy County prompts warning from coroner

A second person in Grundy County is dead of an apparent heroin overdose within a week. Grundy County Coroner John Callahan says 34-year-old Christopher A. Deignan was found dead at his mother’s home in Morris on Monday. He says there is evidence that heroin is to blame. On Saturday, 26-year-old Kathleen A. Garcia, of Braidwood,…Read more »

Towne demands speedy trial

Towne demands speedy trial

Former State’s Attorney Brian Towne wants a speedy trial over a year after being charged with misusing public funds. A court filing Monday from Towne’s lawyer Joe Navarro, another former state’s attorney, is asking for the speedy trial clock to start ticking. Illinois law says a trial needs to happen within 160 days after a…Read more »

Marseilles man gets reduced sentence in child battery case for testimony against Iowa man

Marseilles man gets reduced sentence in child battery case for testimony against Iowa man

21-year-old Jordan Wilkinson, of Marseilles, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery Friday. As part of the plea deal he’ll serve five years with the Illinois Department of Corrections. Wilkinson was originally charged with aggravated battery against a child. He provided testimony in a separate involuntary manslaughter case against 43-year-old Mason Shannon, of Mason City, Iowa, who…Read more »

Bill lifts regulations on canal boat “Volunteer”

Bill lifts regulations on canal boat “Volunteer”

The boat that gives tours of the Illinois and Michigan Canal at LaSalle is getting some regulatory relief. Canal Corridor Association President Ana Koval says the I&M canal is still considered to be a navigable waterway and subject to many strict regulations. Cong. Adam Kinzinger was able to help with a bill recently signed into…Read more »

26-year-old Braidwood woman dead of apparent overdose

26-year-old Braidwood woman dead of apparent overdose

A 26-year-old Braidwood woman died over the weekend of a suspected drug overdose at a home in Minooka. A friend told police that Kathleen A. Garcia was using heroin and prescription drugs when she became unresponsive on Saturday. The friend used the overdose reversal drug Narcan on Garcia to no avail. Grundy County Coroner John…Read more »

500-Pound Challenge winners announced

500-Pound Challenge winners announced

Wallace Grade School is the winner of this year’s overall 500-Pound Challenge. The tenth annual Freezin’ for a Reezin food drive was held Friday in the Handy Foods IGA parking lot. OSF Healthcare won in the category for businesses with over 500 members. South Prairie Pioneers 4H Club won in the schools under 100-member category.…Read more »

Health Dept. now offering Hepatitis C screenings

Health Dept. now offering Hepatitis C screenings

The LaSalle County Health Department is now offering free Hepatitis C screenings. The test takes twenty minutes and doesn’t require a blood draw. Testing is by appointment only. Some people at risk of the virus-caused liver infection are people born between 1945 and 1965, injection drug users, healthcare workers, anyone who handles blood, HIV positive…Read more »