Author Archives: Rick Koshko

Starved Rock Country Community Foundation chosen for pandemic relief funds

The Starved Rock Country Community Foundation is one of the grant recipients for the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund. Foundation President Pamela Beckett hopes to have more information about the selection Thursday. Last week, she told WCMY she was getting information from local non-profits that house, feed, and clothe people. That information is being used to…Read more »

Virus tally in LaSalle County climbs to 17

A man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s bring the LaSalle County corona virus case count to 17. The LaSalle County Health Department says the two are in isolation. The new figure was announced Wednesday afternoon. The state also announced 1,529 confirmed new cases, bringing the Illinois statewide total so far to…Read more »

Ottawa pool to stay closed; Thornton Park improvements on hold

Swimmers won’t be able to go to Riordan Pool in Ottawa this year. City Commissioner Marla Rodriguez says it’s too risky to open during a pandemic that doesn’t show signs of easing yet. Rodriguez says the pool needs some repairs, but won’t get them yet. She doesn’t think it’s responsible to make those repairs just…Read more »

County Board Chairman says virus patients deserve privacy

A leaked memo tells of two LaSalle County employees having the corona virus. County Board Chairman Jim Olson says he’s upset about the leak, but not because he’s trying to hide anything. He says he’s following privacy rules while being criticized by people who want specifics about who has the virus or where they are.…Read more »

Joseph H. Temple, 100

Joseph Hite Temple, age 100, of Ottawa, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at his residence with his loving family at his side. In keeping with guidelines involving the worldwide pandemic, private graveside services will be held at West Serena Cemetery with the Rev. Rich Fassig officiating. A public visitation and service will be held…Read more »

Ottawa chooses Ameren’s residential electric rates this year

After Ottawa City Hall shopped around for residential electric rates this year, it decided to stick with Ameren. Since voters approved an electric aggregation or bulk-buying electric rate program eight years ago, the city has sought bids from third party providers. Commissioner Wayne Eichelkraut says the best deal this year is from Ameren. A letter…Read more »

State publishes corona case count by zip code with map

A new map that shows confirmed corona virus cases by zip code shows it’s more likely to have been confirmed in your community if it’s closer to the edge of LaSalle County than in the middle. That doesn’t mean the virus isn’t circulating everywhere though. The Illinois Department of Public Health is showing when a…Read more »