Author Archives: Rick Koshko

James Klein, 35

James Eugene Klein 1985 – 2021 James Eugene Klein, 35, of Ottawa, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa. James was born on September 3, 1985 in Elmhurst to Rita Klein. He was engaged…Read more »

Sandy Jordan, 74

Sandra “Sandy” Jordan 1947 – 2021 Sandra “Sandy” Jordan, 74, of Grand Ridge, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the Morris Hospital with family by her side. Sandra was born on November 8, 1946 in Ottawa, Illinois to Robert “Bob” and Barbara “Norma” (Cross) Midnight. She was a graduate of Ottawa High…Read more »

St. Rep. Welter on priorities: pandemic relief, finances

Morris Republican St. Rep. David Welter has priorities he hopes the General Assembly focuses on in the new session. He says the state needs pandemic relief. And he says the financial problems aren’t going away. The Illinois House selected a new speaker Wednesday. Emanuel Chris Welch, a Democrat, says he wants to work with the…Read more »

New state’s attorney organizing office differently

LaSalle County State’s Attorney Todd Martin is organizing his department a little differently than past prosecutors. Instead of one first assistant, he has two deputy chiefs. One’s in charge of violent crimes and the other is handling drug cases. Martin asked the county board yesterday to restore a salary line for one of the prosecutors.…Read more »

Oglesby commissioner offers ideas for lower electric rates

Part of the Oglesby electric rate study is done. City Commissioner Jason Curran thinks some businesses should get a rate cut. He says the city’s profit margin in the small commercial category is 15.5%. The consultant recommends 12 to 20 percent. So he’d cut the rate by 15%. Curran says more business could get rate…Read more »

Coronavirus fatality count reaches 248 in county

A man in his 90’s is the 248th person from LaSalle County to succumb to the coronavirus, according to the county health department. He was the only person added to the county’s tally Thursday. Just a few weeks ago, the number of coronavirus deaths being counted every day routinely numbered four or more. For most…Read more »

Sandra Jordan, 74

Sandra Jordan 1947 – 2021 Sandra Jordan, 74, of Grand Ridge, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the Morris Hospital. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa.Read more »