Category Archives: WCMY News

Deputy auditors fired for alleged overtime pay theft scheme

Deputy auditors fired for alleged overtime pay theft scheme

Terminated. The decision Thursday from the LaSalle County Board’s Salary and Labor Committee puts deputy auditors Pamela Wright and Tori Artman out of work. Neither they, their lawyer, the committee, nor County Board Chairman Jim Olson had any comment after a nearly two hour closed session meeting followed by the open session vote. It’s been…Read more »

Farabaugh wins National Headliner Award

Farabaugh wins National Headliner Award

Ottawa filmmaker and Voice of America correspondent Kane Farabaugh is winning first place in a TV reporting category in the National Headliner Awards. His award winning entry is titled “Between Tariffs and Trade Agreements: The American Farmer.” The series features Midwestern farmers telling their stories. Farabaugh says he’s happy the contest judges recognize the importance…Read more »

Ottawa community garden open for a new season

Ottawa community garden open for a new season

Stephanie Stacy is in charge of the Ottawa community garden again and is signing up gardeners already. She says a lot of the gardeners return year after year. Stacy says the land the community garden plots are on has a good earthworm community. That keeps the soil loose enough for plants to grow and supports…Read more »

New OTHS Board Members sworn in

New OTHS Board Members sworn in

Two new members and one returning member were sworn in to the Ottawa Township High School Board of Education Wednesday at a special meeting. One new board member is Speech Pathologist Sarah Makeever-Shumway. Also sworn in were former OTHS Teacher Roger Amm and returning board member John Levy. Amm says his experience as a teacher…Read more »

LaSalle County sues drug maker over addictive pain killer problem

LaSalle County sues drug maker over addictive pain killer problem

The LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office is going after a big drug maker for the opioid addiction problem. State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly filed a suit against Purdue Pharma this week, claiming it misled people about the safety and effectiveness of addictive pain killers. She says the company owners lined their pockets while people were hospitalized…Read more »

Plumbing expert can offer limited testimony in Cusick murder trial

Plumbing expert can offer limited testimony in Cusick murder trial

LaSalle County Judge Cynthia Raccuglia is ruling that a plumbing engineer can testify in the murder-by-drowning case against 51-year-old Ken Cusick, of Ottawa. However, Julius Ballanco can’t talk about every conclusion he’s made about the case. After hearing arguments from both sides Wednesday, Raccuglia says that Ballanco can talk about his opinion that Tracy Lynn…Read more »

Pritzker subject of federal probe

Pritzker subject of federal probe

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker is the subject of a federal probe into a tax dodging scheme that dogged his gubernatorial campaign. WBEZ radio in Chicago says a law-enforcement source confirmed the investigation that has been ongoing since October. The investigation centers on Pritzker’s plan to remove toilets from a Chicago mansion in order to have…Read more »