Category Archives: WCMY News

St. Baldrick’s Ottawa organizer moving away

After almost 20 years and more than $760,000 in fundraising, the organizer of the annual Ottawa St. Baldrick’s fundraiser is moving away. Rita Chovan is asking some of the people who’ve been involved to keep it going. But she’s leaving for the same reason she moved to town 19 years ago—her husband is being transferred…Read more »

May Rd. reopens after fire at Double D

Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei says nothing about a fire at Double D Express Saturday morning appears suspicious. The Office of the State Fire Marshal is helping Peru’s fire department investigate the cause. The fire had part of May Rd. closed during the fight against the fire. Bernabei says Officer Nick Biagioni, who is also…Read more »

Vacancy on the Marseilles Elementary School District Board

There’s a vacancy to fill on the Marseilles Elementary School Board. James Buckingham, elected in 2017, is resigning. There’s a year left in his term, so the person appointed to replace him will fill it out. The person who fills the seat must live in the school district, be a citizen, be at least 18…Read more »

Two cases against LaSalle County over fired employees still stand

A Grundy County judge has said no again to throwing out a lawsuit against LaSalle County over two former employees who want their jobs back. Last month, Judge Lance Peterson ruled against tossing Auditor Jody Wilkinson’s suit. Friday, he ruled against dismissing the suit filed by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.…Read more »

Elias Funeral Home Funeral Director arrested

51-year-old William “BJ” Elias, of Streator, was arrested Friday at the Streator Police Station after turning himself in. Elias was named in a warrant charging him with violating the Illinois Funeral Funds or Burial Act. The Illinois Comptroller’s Office alleges that Elias stole $136,000 in pre-need funeral funds from 2003 to 2019 from 31 victims.…Read more »

Streator High School auditorium renovation almost complete

The total remodel of Streator High School’s Auditorium is nearing completion. Supt. Matt Seaton says the work should be done by the end of March. Seaton says the $8.6-million project could be finished under budget by about $200,000. The auditorium is getting new seats, stage rigging, and more. The first show in the renovated space…Read more »

Sen. Durbin says USMCA is an improvement

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is on its way to Pres. Trump for a signature. Sen. Dick Durbin says it does make an improvement on current trade relations. On another trade front, Durbin says the U.S. needed to confront China about trade issues, but he thinks a tariff war was the wrong way to do it. WCMY…Read more »

Ice jam causing flooding on the Fox River

An ice jam on the Fox River is causing some flooding. LaSalle County Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Fred Moore is advising anyone living along the river to monitor water levels and have an evacuation plan. Ice jams can cause water to backup and lead to rapid flooding. Moore is suggesting that people check to…Read more »

Mendota man not fit for trial in smash-and-grab burglary case

A Mendota man refused to leave the LaSalle County jail for a court hearing Wednesday. So Judge Cynthia Raccuglia and the attorneys took the hearing to the jail. Based on a psychiatric evaluation and the lawyers agreeing, Raccuglia found 55-year old Craig J. Hynes unfit for trial on charges that he stole merchandise from some…Read more »