Author Archives: Rick Koshko

Robert V. Chapman, 86

Robert V. Chapman 1934 – 2021 Robert V. Chapman, 86, of Ottawa, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Pleasant View. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa.Read more »

New route to Peru hospital emergency room during sewer work

Peru City Hall is telling people to use Plum St. instead of West St. to get to the St. Margaret’s Health Peru emergency room. This will be while construction is going on for the sewer separation project in the area. Otherwise, things aren’t affected in the former Illinois Valley Community Hospital.Read more »

New bail conditions for local man charged after Capitol riot

Twenty-eight year old Mathew Capsel’s bail conditions have been changed, three months after he allegedly participated in the U.S. Capitol riot. The Marseilles-Ottawa area man can’t leave his home from 10pm to 6am. A federal judge changed the conditions Friday, ruling against constant location monitoring. Capsel previously could leave the house at any time, but…Read more »

Jason E. Dodge, 48

Jason E. Dodge, 48 of Streator passed away Wednesday evening (April 14th) at his home in Streator. Cremation rites will be accorded. There will be no services. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1PM at Marilla Park in Streator. If you have any memories to share, we encourage…Read more »

Former Ottawa mayor delighted with long awaited canal project

When the ribbon cutting for it happens next month, it will have been nearly three years since the ground work started on the Illinois and Michigan Canal rewatering in Ottawa. Former Mayor Bob Eschbach had worked on getting designs and funding for a long time before that. There’s a half-mile section of canal in Ottawa…Read more »

Cora Mae Shawback, 91

Cora Mae Shawback, 91 of rural Tonica passed away Monday (April 12, 2021) evening at her home. A visitation will be held Monday (April 19th) from 10 – 11:30 AM at the Central Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 AM at the church with social distancing and masks being worn. Burial…Read more »

Coronavirus fatalities number 292 in LaSalle County

A man in his 70’s and two women in their 80’s have died of the coronavirus, bringing LaSalle County’s figure to 292. The county’s health department reported Thursday 29 new cases and seven recoveries. There are 1,964 active cases as of Thursday’s report. The number was 1,943 on Wednesday.Read more »

St. Rep. Welter asks how much more corruption Democrats will tolerate

Illinois House Republicans want to know when Democrats will act on ethics reform. St. Rep. David Welter says in the last year-and-a-half there have been charges against two former lawmakers and ComEd. In the ComEd case, the company is accused of trying to indirectly influence former House Speaker Michael Madigan. Welter asks how much more…Read more »

Charles “Chuck” Pollett, Jr., 53

Charles “Chuck” A. Pollett Jr., 53 of Paris, TN and formerly of Streator passed away suddenly April 1, 2021 while at work at the Pella Window & Doors in Murray, KY. Celebration of life will be held Tuesday April 20th from 2 – 4 PM at the Winterrowd Funeral Home. Services will be held at…Read more »