Author Archives: Rick Koshko

Auditor candidate says she’s cancer-free

LaSalle County Auditor candidate Nikki Baer says she’s won her first big fight of 2020. In a Facebook post, she announced Thursday that she’s a cancer survivor. Baer came out with her diagnosis in June. She was reluctant to at first, but then heard from friends who’d been putting off mammograms. Baer said women shouldn’t…Read more »

Coronavirus deaths increase in pace in LaSalle County

During the last month, LaSalle County had a two-week period with no coronavirus deaths. But during the last week, the county has counted four. The latest is of a woman in her 90s. The LaSalle County Health Department says she’s the 62nd fatal case in the county. As of Thursday, the county has had 2,284…Read more »

Stephen R. Kmetz, 85

Stephen R. Kmetz, 85 of Streator passed away Tuesday (October 20, 2020) at Parker Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center. A visitation will be held Friday October 23rd from 10:30 AM until 11 AM at the St. Michael the Archangel Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 11 AM at the church. Burial…Read more »

Lysle W. Willey, 83

Lysle W. Willey, 83 of Streator passed away Wednesday October 21, 2020. Private family services will be held at the Winterrowd Funeral Home with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.Read more »

Oglesby makes police chief appointment permanent

The city of Oglesby is making Doug Hayse the permanent police chief. He’s been serving as the interim chief for $6,000 per month without benefits since April. Hayse was to serve in that position until the city found someone to take the job as a permanent appointment. During that time, he earned the support of…Read more »

Plymouth Tube leaving Streator

Plymouth Tube is closing its Streator location. Streator Chamber of Commerce Director Jack Dzuris says the company notified the mayor Wednesday. Almost three dozen people work there and will be out of work in the next couple months. He says business had been slowing down for Plymouth since it had more than 70 employees at…Read more »

Marseilles Cleanup Days gets underway

Marseilles residents with big items to get rid of that won’t go out with the regular garbage can take them to a dumpster. The city has a dumpster at its garage on Commercial St. for Cleanup Days. It’s available from 7am to 6pm today and tomorrow (October 22 and 23) and from 8am to noon…Read more »

Ottawa adopts first food truck regulation

Just in time for a food truck festival in Ottawa this weekend, the City Council has approved the city’s first food truck regulations. Mayor Dan Aussem says they cover state and local licenses and inspections. The City Council started work on food truck regulations after 18 restaurant and bar owners sent a letter to the…Read more »

LaSalle County coronavirus fatalities number 61

The coronavirus has claimed the life of a woman in her 80s from LaSalle County. The LaSalle County Health Department reports she’s the 61st fatal case from the county. As of Wednesday, the county has had 2,238 cases so far with 73% of them having recovered. That leaves 599 active cases. The percentage of total…Read more »