Author Archives: Ethan Kruger

Brian Stewart sworn in as 45th District State Sen.

Brian Stewart sworn in as 45th District State Sen.

Republican Brian Stewart was sworn as the 45th District State Senator Wednesday in Freeport. He’s replacing the retiring Tim Bivins. Stewart defeated Democrat David Simpson for the seat. He’s maintaining Bivins’ offices in Dixon and Freeport. Also sworn in Wednesday was State Rep. Andrew Chesney who is taking over the House District that Stewart represented…Read more »

Courtney Renee Rayfield, 40

Courtney Renee Rayfield, 40

OTTAWA – Courtney Renee Rayfield, age 40, of Ottawa, passed away Monday, December 3, 2018. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home is assisting the family. Courtney was born June 10, 1978 in Ottawa, a daughter of Harry and Alicia Michelle (Kennedy) Rayfield. She is survived by her children, Milika,…Read more »

Cindy L. Thomas, 56

Cindy L. Thomas, 56

Cindy L. Thomas, 56, of Ottawa passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. A Celebration of Life will be held from 10 am until noon, Saturday, December 8 at the Knights of Columbus. Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with cremation rites. Cindy was born March…Read more »

Brian Szuda named IVAC Volunteer of the the Year

Brian Szuda named IVAC Volunteer of the the Year

Executive Director of Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living Brian Szuda is the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year. Szuda was presented the award at the Chamber’s 107th Annual Dinner at Starved Rock Lodge Tuesday by Board of Directors President T J Templeton. Templeton praised Szuda’s work at getting all the…Read more »

Daniel Ortiz, 77

Daniel Ortiz, 77

Daniel J. Ortiz, 77, of Ottawa passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Ottawa Pavilion. Funeral Services will be at 1 pm, Saturday, December 8 at Ottawa Funeral Home, with Rev. Corey Krengiel officiating. Visitation will be from 10 am to 1 pm, prior to services, at Ottawa Funeral Home. Danny was born September 20,…Read more »

Layoffs on the table to reduce county spending

Layoffs on the table to reduce county spending

The LaSalle County Board is asking county departments to reduce General Fund spending by 8% to help close what will become a $2.3-million budget deficit. A memo circulated to county officials calls for a 50% cut in overtime and asks department heads to consider layoffs. There could also be reductions in hours and voluntary retirements.…Read more »

Bicentennial Passport brings visitors to canal boat

Bicentennial Passport brings visitors to canal boat

Canal Corridor Association President Ana Koval says the Illinois Bicentennial Passport Program was a good attraction. The canal boat on the Illinois and Michigan Canal at LaSalle was one of stops listed in the booklet given out to promote historical sites in Central Illinois. Some other passport sites in the area include the Lincoln Douglas…Read more »

IVCC Red Cross Club to play Bingo with veterans

IVCC Red Cross Club to play Bingo with veterans

The Illinois Valley Community College Red Cross Club is playing Bingo with veterans at the LaSalle Veterans Home Sunday at two. The club is asking anyone else who might be interested to join them. If you can’t make it to that and still want to help at the veteran’s home there are other volunteering opportunities.…Read more »

Demmer calling for bipartisanship

Demmer calling for bipartisanship

One of the head Illinois House Republicans says bipartisanship is the way to go when the next General Assembly is sworn in next year. Deputy House Minority Leader Tom Demmer says some of the best bills are ones that both parties work on. Republican lost five House seats changing the makeup to 72 Democrats and…Read more »

Illinois Waterway Visitor Center open daily again

Illinois Waterway Visitor Center open daily again

The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center will once again be opened seven days a week from nine to five. The visitor center at the Starved Rock Lock and Dam was shut down in October over funding issues. It’s funded by the federal government and run by the Army Corps of Engineers. The visitor center has been…Read more »