Category Archives: WCMY News

Streator approves housing strategy document

Streator approves housing strategy document

Streator’s city manager says the recently approved Community Revitalization Housing Strategy isn’t actually anything new. For a few years, Streator has worked on improving housing. City Manager Scot Wrighton says the city has sought grants to tear down dilapidated homes and obtained loans for housing rehabilitation. The city’s comprehensive plan approved in 2014 includes an…Read more »

Dennis Brue to be inducted into OHS Hall of Fame

Dennis Brue to be inducted into OHS Hall of Fame

Denny Brue, of the Ottawa High School class of 1970, is being inducted into the Hall of Fame Saturday. He’s the first state championship athlete from OHS. Brue won the state pole vaulting championship the same year he graduated. He continued in athletics in college and eventually became a teacher and coach. Brue also ran…Read more »

Local St. Rep. against minimum wage hike

Local St. Rep. against minimum wage hike

Dixon Republican Tom Demmer spoke against the minimum wage hike approved in the Illinois House Thursday. He says won’t just hurt businesses. Meanwhile, Gov. JB Prtizker is praising the Illinois House for passing the bill. He says it will give many Illinoisans more to spend and therefore help the economy. The bill increases the $8.25…Read more »

Still no trial date for alleged driver in Streator murder

Still no trial date for alleged driver in Streator murder

22-year-old Ashanti Roberts, of Chicago, is once again being represented by the Public Defender’s Office in the murder case against her. Her private attorney withdrew Thursday. Roberts fired her first public defender. She’s not currently scheduled for trial. Roberts is accused of taking part in the robbery that led to the shooting death of 33-year-old…Read more »

Man who escaped from Illinois State Police in custody again

Man who escaped from Illinois State Police in custody again

Illinois State Police say 39-year-old Erik Winfert is once again in custody after escaping out of a back door at District 17 Headquarters in LaSalle Thursday morning. It took police about an hour to find him. A K-9 was used to locate Winfert in a wooded area near Raccuglia Drive and Chartres Street. Winfert was…Read more »

LaSalle-Peru High School student behind threat

LaSalle-Peru High School student behind threat

A LaSalle-Peru High School student may face legal troubles in juvenile court for the threat of violence that prompted a police investigation Wednesday morning. Supt. Steven Wrobleski says police quickly determined that the threat wasn’t credible. He also says the school’s action plan for situations like that was put into use. Wrobleski says he understands…Read more »

Talk of closing nuclear power plants concerns local lawmakers

Talk of closing nuclear power plants concerns local lawmakers

Exelon is suggesting it needs more money from the state to keep running all of the nuclear power plants it has in Illinois. A recent state law puts a surcharge on electric bills to subsidize three Exelon power plants in the Quad Cities and central Illinois with $200 million per year. Crain’s Chicago Business reports…Read more »

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

The LaSalle County Health Department wants you to think about your own heart this Valentine’s Day, especially women. Health Educator Leslie Dougherty says February is American Heart Month. Dougherty says people should find out from their doctors what risks they have and then take steps to reduce them. Controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, and maintaining a…Read more »