Author Archives: Ethan Kruger

Healthcare becoming more mobile

Healthcare becoming more mobile

Healthcare is becoming more on-demand. OSF St. Elizabeth President Ken Buetke says it fits into the hospital system’s business model. OSF just opened its Urgo walk-in clinic in Ottawa last week. The hospital system also has a virtual service call OSF OnCall that people can access on cell phones and other devices. Buetke says the…Read more »

Rezin bill seeks to lower school administrative costs

Rezin bill seeks to lower school administrative costs

St. Sen. Sue Rezin, of Morris, is sponsoring a bill to save money on school administrative costs. Rezin says the state is spending more than it should to pay for principals and superintendents. The bill, which passed in the Illinois Senate, allows school districts to share superintendents. Districts interested would have to agree. Voters could…Read more »

Thomas R. Classon, 85

Thomas R. Classon, 85

Thomas R. Classon, 85, of Ottawa, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019, at his home. Memorial Services will be held at 6 pm, Thursday, April 25, at Ottawa Funeral Home, with Pastor Jennifer Amy-Dressler officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm, prior to services, at the funeral home. Burial will be Friday, April…Read more »

Elizabeth “Betty” Vignali, age 87

Elizabeth “Betty” Vignali, age 87

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Vignali, age 87, of Ottawa, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the LaSalle County Nursing Home. Elizabeth was born February 9, 1932 in Galesburg, Illinois. She married Joseph Vignali, Sr. at St. Mary’s Church in Naplate. She is survived by her sons, Joseph (Laura Shelton) Vignali of Rochester, MN and Michael…Read more »

Robert M. Pfau, 94

Robert M. Pfau, 94

Robert M. Pfau, 94, of Ottawa passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Ottawa Pavilion. Funeral Services will be held at 11 am, Wednesday, April 24 at Ottawa Funeral Home, with Rev. Corey Krengiel officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 am, prior to services, at the funeral home. Burial will be in St.…Read more »

Pollinator Pillars awe at Canal Street Art Walk

Pollinator Pillars awe at Canal Street Art Walk

You’ll see three new nine-foot mosaic pillars when you drive down Canal Street in Ottawa. Artist Susan Burton designed the pillars, which were unveiled Wednesday at the Canal Street Art Walk. Volunteers helped put together thousands of glass pieces to form the images of flowers, bees, and butterflies. Burton says the pillars took over 600…Read more »

Ten Acre Park renamed to Eagle Park

Ten Acre Park renamed to Eagle Park

The Marseilles City Council is renaming Ten Acre Park on Commercial Street to Eagle Park in honor of Scout Troop 799. Scouts Ben Schieb and Raistlin Wolf presented a resolution to the city council Wednesday. Ben and Raistlin say there have been several Eagle Scout service projects at the park and more are planned for…Read more »

Alleged Mendota purse thief arrested

Alleged Mendota purse thief arrested

Chicago police arrested the man accused of beating a robbing a woman last week at Road Ranger in Mendota Wednesday. Mendota police says it was a joint effort by several police agencies to locate 51-year-old Earl E. Ratliff, of Freeport. Ratliff is facing a robbery charge. He’ll be held in the LaSalle County Jail.Read more »