Author Archives: Ethan Kruger

Marseilles home repair grant application nearly ready

Marseilles home repair grant application nearly ready

The City of Marseilles is moving forward with applying for a grant to help rehab homes in low income neighborhoods. Mayor Jim Hollenbeck now knows how many homes and how much money the city can apply for. The city can get up to $40,000 per house from the grant. Hollenbeck says they’ll turn in the…Read more »

Cusick trial delayed again

Cusick trial delayed again

The Ottawa man accused of murdering his wife by drowning her in a toilet bowl back in 2006 won’t be facing trial this year after all. Judge Cynthia Raccuglia set a new trial date for 51-year-old Kenneth Cusick in March of next year. Cusick’s lawyer Ryan Hamer says he still has two expert defense witnesses…Read more »

Tourism officials discuss challenges with St. Sen. Sue Rezin

Tourism officials discuss challenges with St. Sen. Sue Rezin

State tourism dollars being used for non-tourism projects was among the topics discussed at a tourism round table at Starved Rock Lodge Thursday. Heritage Corridor Visitors and Convention Bureau President Robert Navarro says that means less marketing to potential customers in neighboring states. The money comes from the state’s hotel/motel tax. The round table discussion…Read more »

Mule known for pulling canal boat dies

Mule known for pulling canal boat dies

Moe the Mule, known for pulling the boat on the Illinois and Michigan Canal, died on Monday. Canal Corridor Association President Ana Koval says Moe will be missed. Cushing’s disease affects a gland in the brain and doesn’t have a cure, but its symptoms can sometimes be managed. Moe was a big hit with kids…Read more »

Mary Anne Minneci, age 95

Mary Anne Minneci, age 95

MARY ANNE MINNECI OTTAWA – Mary Anne Minneci, age 95, of Ottawa, passed away Tuesday morning, October 9, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Princeton, surrounded by her family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Reverend David M. Kipfer…Read more »

Baer files amended campaign finance report

Baer files amended campaign finance report

Incumbent Republican County Treasurer Jim Spelich says he posted Democratic candidate Nikki Baer’s campaign quarterly spending report on social media to point out that it’s against the rules to show a negative spending balance. Baer’s report showed a $7,000 deficit which she said was money she was personally going to put into the campaign. Matt…Read more »

Leo “Brud” Francis Kelly, 87

It is with great sadness that the family of Leo “Brud” Francis Kelly, 87, of Earlville, Illinois, announces his passing on October 7th, 2018. Visitation will be held at Schwarz Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 10th from 3:00-7:00pm. The funeral service will be held at Holy Cross Church in Mendota, IL on Thursday, October 11th…Read more »

Incumbent Treasurer says opponent’s finances don’t add up

Incumbent Treasurer says opponent’s finances don’t add up

Democratic LaSalle County Treasurer candidate Nikki Baer says it’s a non-issue that her campaign is spending at a $7,000 deficit in a recent Illinois State Board of Elections filing. The filing was posted Monday by Incumbent Republican Treasurer Jim Spelich. He says that Baer’s campaign finances don’t add up. But Baer says she plans on…Read more »

Antonino “Nino” Peter Polizzi, 84

Antonino “Nino” Peter Polizzi 1933-2018 Antonino “Nino” Peter Polizzi, 84, formerly of Oglesby and Lake Zurich, died on Monday afternoon, October 8, 2018 at his son’s home in Peoria. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 15, 2018 at Holy Family Church in Oglesby, with the Very Rev. Gary Blake,…Read more »

James Charles “Jim” Mustered, 85

James Charles “Jim” Mustered, 85

James Charles “Jim” Mustered, 85, of Ottawa passed away peacefully Friday, October 5, 2018 at Turtle Flambeau Flowage in Springstead, WI. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Friday, October 12, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Church with Rev. David Kipfer officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm, Thursday, October 11…Read more »