Author Archives: Ethan Kruger

Plenty to do at Riverfest without carnival

Plenty to do at Riverfest without carnival

Ottawa Mayor Bob Eschbach says despite there not being a carnival this year, Riverfest on the first week of August is still the biggest party of the summer. And he says there’s still plenty to do. Another change this year is cheaper food tickets. The rate is $10 for ten tickets. Last year it was…Read more »

Ottawa Elementary District mulls new safety manual

Ottawa Elementary District mulls new safety manual

The Ottawa Elementary School District is updating its safety manual. The current one is from 2007. It details what teachers and staff need to do in a number of emergencies. Shepherd Middle School Assistant Principle Melanie Conley says staff members have to be ready to deal with emergencies they didn’t use to. The updated manual…Read more »

I.B.E.W. Local 176 members picket new Holiday Inn site

I.B.E.W. Local 176 members picket new Holiday Inn site

Some union workers were outside the construction site of the new Holiday Inn on Columbus Street in Ottawa Thursday. Rich Bellotti was on the picket line. Presumably R.L.P. Development, the company building the hotel, hired a company called Scott Electric to work on the building. Bellotti claims that Scott Electric is paying substandard wages and…Read more »

Donald Jugenitz

Donald Jugenitz 1935-2018 Donald Jugenitz, of Ottawa, died on Monday June 18, 2018. Private services were held on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa.Read more »

Freedom Run staff say parking issues marred annual event

Freedom Run staff say parking issues marred annual event

Representatives of the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run told the Marseilles city council Wednesday that it dropped the ball again on the annual event. Despite city officials saying things went well last Saturday, Jerry Kuczera, a Freedom Run and memorial wall founder, says that people were forced to park too far away from Main Street. Kuczera…Read more »

Donald John Nelson, 23

Donald John Nelson, 23

WALLACE TOWNSHIP – Donald John Nelson, age 23, of Wallace Township, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018 with his loving family by his side. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. till service time beginning at noon on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Gladfelter Funeral Home with Pastor William Chormann officiating. Private burial will be…Read more »

Adam Kinzinger says family separation must stop

Adam Kinzinger says family separation must stop

16th District Republican Adam Kinzinger says he’d like to see an immigration reform bill that has a permanent solution for DACA recipients and increased border security. Kinzinger also thinks that the separation of families at the US-Mexico border must stop. He says he’s support a stand-alone bill to make it happen. Kinzinger’s Air National Guard…Read more »

Five arrested in Streator drug sting

Five arrested in Streator drug sting

Five are under arrest after a TRI-DENT drug sting in Streator Tuesday. 28-year-old Alexander T. King, of Streator, was named in a warrant after allegedly selling drugs to TRI-DENT agents on multiple occasions. 55-year-old Robert T. Gula of Streator, 26-year-old Brittany N. Savage of Wenona, and 35-year-old Eric S. Gholson of Wenona were arrested and…Read more »

OSF Healthcare launching Live Well Streator

OSF Healthcare launching Live Well Streator

OSF Healthcare will try to encourage people in Streator to live well. Live Well Streator is a new initiative with two goals, to help people eat healthier and lose weight and to curtail opioid use disorder. OSF Community Health Engagement Program Manager Ellen Vogel says a twelve member steering committee already has some ideas. Others…Read more »