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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 »

William “Bill” Earl Quigley, age 92

William “Bill” Earl Quigley, age 92

WILLIAM “BILL” EARL QUIGLEY OTTAWA – William “Bill” Earl Quigley, age 92, of Ottawa, Illinois passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019. He was born January 26, 1927 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His life started as an orphan. He was later adopted by loving parents during the Depression. He went to school in Indiana and was starting…Read more »

Sheriffs’ Association scholarships available

Sheriffs’ Association scholarships available

Illinois college students can once again apply for scholarships from the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association. Students need to live in Illinois and go to a college in Illinois. The LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office has one $500 scholarship to award. Applications can be picked at the sheriff’s office on Etna Road in Ottawa or online at ilsheriff.org…Read more »

McDonald’s robber gets 58-year prison sentence

McDonald’s robber gets 58-year prison sentence

50-year-old Eddie Stiff, of Chicago, is being sentenced to 58-years in prison for robbing a Peru McDonald’s and beating a cashier with a gun back in 2017. Judge Cynthia Raccuglia handed down the sentence Thursday. Prosecutors pointed to Stiff’s past criminal record which includes murder and armed robbery as reason for a longer sentence. They…Read more »

Jury finds Adams guilty of murder

Jury finds Adams guilty of murder

Guilty is the verdict for 17-year-old Tamil Adams of Dolton. A LaSalle County jury convicted Adams Thursday of murdering 33-year-old Maria De La Torre at her Streator home during a robbery in May. In closing arguments Thursday morning, prosecutors argued that Adams had the gun at the time of the shooting. But, even if he…Read more »

Closing arguments set for Thursday in Streator murder trial

Closing arguments set for Thursday in Streator murder trial

The jury in the murder trial against 17-year-old Tamil Adams, of Dolton, will hear closing arguments Thursday morning. Dolton, along with 22-year-old Ashanti Roberts and 26-year-old Hashim Waite, both of Chicago, are charged with killing 33-year-old Maria De La Torre at her Streator home last May during an alleged robbery. One of the co-defendants, 26-year-old…Read more »

Waite testifies against co-defendant Adams in murder trial

Waite testifies against co-defendant Adams in murder trial

26-year-old Hashim Waite, of Chicago, is testifying against his 17-year-old co-defendant Tamil Adams, of Dolton, in the murder case against them. In exchange for testimony on Tuesday when Waite said Adams had the gun when 33-year-old Maria De La Torre was shot and killed at her Streator home last May prosecutors will drop murder charges…Read more »

Opening statements in Streator murder set for Tuesday

Opening statements in Streator murder set for Tuesday

The jury that will decide the fate of 17-year-old Tamil Adams was seated Monday. The 17-year-old from Dolton, along with two others, is accused of killing 33-year-old Maria De La Torre at her Streator home during an alleged robbery in May. Opening statements are set to begin Tuesday morning. Judge H. Chris Ryan also ruled…Read more »

No tuition increase at IVCC

No tuition increase at IVCC

Illinois Valley Community College isn’t raising tuition. President Jerry Corcoran says the plan was to raise it $3 to $136 per credit hour for next year. Corcoran says tuition rates are still below the state average of $144 and the peer average, based on schools of similar size and resources, of $141. Optimism about Gov.…Read more »

IDNR releases 2018 deer hunt numbers

IDNR releases 2018 deer hunt numbers

Illinois hunters bagged a total of 151,577 deer in 2018 according to numbers released by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. That’s about 4,000 more than in 2017 In LaSalle County hunters took 1,714 deer, up more than 200 from 2017. Neighboring Bureau and Putnam Counties took 1,861 and 675 respectively. Statewide, hunters took 45%…Read more »