Category Archives: WCMY News

Health Dept. now offering Hepatitis C screenings

Health Dept. now offering Hepatitis C screenings

The LaSalle County Health Department is now offering free Hepatitis C screenings. The test takes twenty minutes and doesn’t require a blood draw. Testing is by appointment only. Some people at risk of the virus-caused liver infection are people born between 1945 and 1965, injection drug users, healthcare workers, anyone who handles blood, HIV positive…Read more »

Ottawa applying for Green St. elevation grant

Ottawa applying for Green St. elevation grant

Ottawa city officials believe it will cost around $4 million to raise Green St. A Federal Emergency Management Agency grant would pay for up to 75% of it. The City Council agreed last week to apply for it. The east side street that’s prone to flooding could be raised eight to ten feet to get…Read more »

IVAC Director talks about the future

IVAC Director talks about the future

Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joni Hunt says the chamber will focus more on economic development by having a greater presence in Illinois and by writing down concrete goals. Hunt detailed the path forward for IVAC at the 107th Annual Dinner on Tuesday at Starved Rock Lodge. Hunt says the chamber is…Read more »

Streator man arrested over false armed robbery report

Streator man arrested over false armed robbery report

Streator Police are saying that an armed robbery from Thursday in the 1200 block S. Bloomington Street didn’t happen. They arrested 31-year-old Christopher Grimm, of Streator Friday. Grimm allegedly filed a false report about robbed of cash at gunpoint in an ally Thursday. He was released with a court date.Read more »

Final plans for senior citizen apartment building approved

Final plans for senior citizen apartment building approved

The Ottawa City Council has approved the final plans for Anthony Place. That’s a low income senior citizen apartment building to be put up behind the First National Bank drive-thru north of City Hall. Mayor Bob Eschbach says the contractor plans to begin construction in early 2019. There may be grants to help low income…Read more »

Ottawa home to be torn down for new sewer pump station

Ottawa home to be torn down for new sewer pump station

The city of Ottawa bought a vacant home on the near west side as part of the plan to improve sewer service. City Commissioner Dan Aussem says there’s an old sewer lift station along the Illinois River in the 500 block of Illinois Ave. It’s hard to repair it and it’s in the floodplain. The…Read more »

Tracy Cusick won’t be referred to as a victim in court

Tracy Cusick won’t be referred to as a victim in court

The judge and prosecution agreed Thursday with the defense on what to not to call 31-year-old Tracy Cusisk in the murder trial against her husband 51-year-old Kenneth Cusick, of Ottawa. A motion by defense attorney Ryan Hamer wanted Tracy Cusick not to be referred to as a victim as it hasn’t been proved that she…Read more »