Author Archives: Rick Koshko

Ottawa mayor’s family has coronavirus exposure

Ottawa Mayor Dan Aussem says several people in his family have been sickened or tested positive for the COVID-19 virus after a wedding they attended out of town. He says everyone with symptoms has mild ones. And everyone is quarantining according to the LaSalle County Health Department and CDC guidelines. His statement issued this afternoon…Read more »

Ottawa businesses that serve alcohol must close at 10pm

Ottawa Mayor Dan Aussem issued an emergency order today that all businesses with liquor licenses of class B, D, E, or R must close at 10pm. Violations could lead to fines of $75 to $750 and the immediate suspension of the liquor license. The rule applies to bars, restaurants, gaming parlors, clubs, and any other…Read more »

IVCH Auxiliary announces $5k in scholarships

Five people were chosen for Illinois Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary Scholarships of $1,000 each. Hospital employees and their children who are going into health care can apply for them. Among the winners is Melissa Mata of Peru. She won the Ruth Daniels Scholarship. Mata is a nurse in the IVCH day surgery unit and is…Read more »

Betty Jane Walter, 79

Betty Jane Walter, 79, of Grand Ridge passed away Wednesday (August 5, 2020) at the Richard Owens Hospice Home, Peoria. Betty was born on November 12, 1940, the daughter of Elverne and Donna (Wilson) Barton, formerly of Tonica, IL. She is survived by Clarence Walter, her husband and best friend of nearly 61 years, and…Read more »

Larry G. Erickson, 80

Larry G. Erickson, 80, of Seneca, Illinois passed away Friday, July 31, 2020 in Seneca. Osborne Nelson Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.Read more »

No resuming restrictions for LaSalle County a week after governor’s warning

Gov. Pritzker hasn’t issued any orders putting pandemic related restrictions back in place after easing up on them. That’s despite specific warnings to places like LaSalle County last week and the county’s coronavirus numbers continuing to go up. Instead, education, labor, and business representatives joined Pritzker Friday to urge everyone to comply with rules for…Read more »

Roger K. Armstrong, 84

Roger K. Armstrong, Sr., 84, of Ottawa passed away Friday, August 7, 2020 at Ottawa Pavilion. Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with cremation rites. Roger was born January 6, 1936, in Marseilles to Frank Armstrong and Edna Leibold. He married Bernita Hubbartt on August 22, 1695 at the Wedron Church. He owned…Read more »