Author Archives: Ethan Kruger

Health Dept. warns against ticks

Health Dept. warns against ticks

Mosquitoes aren’t the only bloodsuckers to watch out for this summer. Small brown ticks can also burrow into to skin and possibly spread disease. Ticks mostly live in the woods and tall grass, but LaSalle County Health Educator Jenny Barrie says they can end up closer to home. Young ticks can be as small as…Read more »

Bike rental coming to I&M Canal

Bike rental coming to I&M Canal

A bike rental system is coming to the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Canal Corridor Association President Ana Koval says people have been requesting one. The Association is working with the bike-sharing company Zagster. A smart phone app is used to rent and pay for bikes that can be picked up and dropped off at any…Read more »

St. Sen. Sue Rezin calls Reproductive Health Act extreme and unsettling

St. Sen. Sue Rezin calls Reproductive Health Act extreme and unsettling

Morris St. Sen. Sue Rezin is disappointed in Gov. JB Prtizker’s signing of a broad ranging abortion protection bill Wednesday. Rezin objects to the bill’s allowance of what she calls late-term and partial birth abortions. Language in the bill codifies abortion as a fundamental right. Rezin calls the law extreme and unsettling. Pritzker meanwhile calls…Read more »

UPDATE: Peru man arrested on aggravated battery charges

UPDATE: Peru man arrested on aggravated battery charges

43-year-old Michael Stuart of Peru was arrested Wednesday on charges of battery. Police might think he’s the one shown in a video that went viral on social media throwing an older man into a wooded area while yelling at him and a woman Sunday on 6th Street. Police were called over the incident on Sunday,…Read more »

Craig Morley Armstrong, Jr., 57

Craig Morley Armstrong, Jr., 57

Craig Morley Armstrong, Jr., 57, of Ottawa passed away peacefully from leukemia at OSF. St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria on June 6, 2019. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with cremation rites. Craig was born October 5, 1961 in Ottawa to Craig…Read more »

New rule in effect for UTV drivers in Marseilles

New rule in effect for UTV drivers in Marseilles

People licensed to drive their UTV or side-by-side on Marseilles streets will need to add a slow-moving vehicle sign to the back. Mayor Jim Hollenbeck says the city was alerted to the rule by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Police Chief Brian Faber says people who have licenses already have been informed. Any new…Read more »

Utica Terminal outbuilding gutted by fire Saturday

Utica Terminal outbuilding gutted by fire Saturday

The Utica Fire Department says it’s a total loss for a small outbuilding and oil-burning heater at Utica Terminal Inc. west of town. Firefighters were called there Saturday morning to find the outbuilding already burning. It took 45-minutes to deal with the fire and another two and half hours to make sure the heater was…Read more »

Morris State Senator considering Congressional run

Morris State Senator considering Congressional run

St. Sen. Sue Rezin of Morris is mulling over a run for Congress in the 14th District. The district was recently won by Naperville Democrat Lauren Underwood who beat incumbent Republican Randy Hultgren of Plano. Rezin says that shouldn’t have happened. She’ll be joining a crowded field of Republicans vying for the nomination. Among the…Read more »

Freedom Fest is Saturday in Marseilles

Freedom Fest is Saturday in Marseilles

The Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run is Saturday beginning in Grundy County and ending at Marseilles. Following the ride, is a dedication ceremony at the Middle East Conflict Wall Memorial scheduled at one. The Freedom Fest on Main Street starts afterwards. City Commissioner Gary Lewey says there are some rules for the festival. Coolers and glass…Read more »