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Marseilles residents seek answers on home repair grant

Marseilles residents seek answers on home repair grant

North Central Illinois Council of Governments Community Planner Austin Taylor says the home repair grant the city of Marseilles is trying for that helps low to moderate income people rehab their homes is something like a loan that doesn’t have to be paid back as long as the resident stays there. Since the grant process…Read more »

Marseilles looking to build new boat ramp

Marseilles looking to build new boat ramp

Marseilles Mayor Jim Hollenbeck wants to trade some property the city owns for some property owned by Nucor/Independence Tube to use for a new boat ramp. The Marseilles City Council agreed Wednesday to schedule a public hearing on the matter next month on the 21st at Six at City Hall. The 14-acre property the city…Read more »

Wilkinson court filing asks county to pay for her lawyer

Wilkinson court filing asks county to pay for her lawyer

LaSalle County Auditor Jody Wilkinson wants the county to pay for her lawyer. A court filing from Wednesday requests the county hire a special state’s attorney to represent Wilkinson in her capacity as auditor in actions from and against the county. The filing also claims that the county is preventing Wilkinson from doing her job…Read more »

Marilyn Lucille (Olson) Brooks, 90

Marilyn Lucille (Olson) Brooks, 90

Marilyn Lucille (Olson) Brooks 1928-2018 Marilyn Lucille (Olson) Brooks, 90, of Ottawa, died on Tuesday night, October 16, 2018 at her home, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, with Rev. David Ufkes, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Memorial Park. Visitation…Read more »

Streator murder suspect opts for trial by judge

Streator murder suspect opts for trial by judge

21-year-old Ashanti Roberts, of Chicago, wants a judge to hear the evidence in her murder trial and decide a verdict instead of jury. Roberts’ public defender told also told Judge H. Chris Ryan Wednesday that his client is looking into hiring a private lawyer and needed more time. Roberts was scheduled to go on trial…Read more »

Shepherd students show off new uniforms

Shepherd students show off new uniforms

The Shepherd Middle School Band raised over $32,000 for new uniforms over the past year and half. Some students were on-hand Tuesday at the board of education meeting to show them off. Five sported new tuxedos for concert settings and the other three were decked out in flashy maroon and gold marching uniforms. Band Director…Read more »

Marseilles Cleanup Days next week

Marseilles Cleanup Days next week

Anyone in Marseilles needing to get rid of old appliances has a chance to do so next week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the City Garage on Commercial Street. The city is hosting Cleanup Days where city residents can get rid of larger items like furniture and refrigerators. Mayor Jim Hollenbeck says it’s a…Read more »

Visitor numbers down at Starved Rock State Park

Visitor numbers down at Starved Rock State Park

Visitor numbers are down this year at Staved Rock State Park. Site Supervisor Kerry Novak says they expect the final numbers for the year to come in at around 2.3 to 2.5-million people, at least 400,000 fewer than last year. He says that’s not a bad thing. That means less wear and tear on park…Read more »