Author Archives: Rick Koshko

COVID-19 statistics for Thursday, September 17

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 25 more fatal cases of the coronavirus Thursday for 8,392 so far. New cases numbered 2,056 for 268,207 total. The LaSalle County Health Department says 19 more recoveries were counted for 997. And new cases went up by 16 to 1,553. The county’s fatal case count remains at…Read more »

Mark Victor honored for work on Seneca High School Board

About eight months after he left the Seneca High School Board, the board honored Mark Victor for his service last night. He left the high school board after seven years on it to return to the Seneca Village Board. He’d been on it for eight years previously. Victor is also a retired teacher. He was…Read more »

Big demand for LIHEAP help this year

The pandemic has changed things in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Tri-County Opportunities Council LIHEAP Director Tammy Saenz says applications for help paying utility bills are being done by appointment. The program ran longer than usual before it ended in the spring, and the fall application period started already back on July 27th.…Read more »

Coronavirus case counts for Wednesday, September 16

The Illinois Department of Public Health says its fatal coronavirus case count is up to 8,364 with the addition of 35 cases Wednesday. There were 1,941 new cases for 266,151. The LaSalle County Health Department says 33 more people from the county have recovered for a total of 978. That’s out of 1,537 cases altogether…Read more »

Derecho damage cleanup continues in Ottawa

Progress isn’t fast enough for some people as Ottawa city crews pick up branches that were downed all over town during the derecho last month. City Commissioner Marla Rodriguez says the work is ongoing. Rodriguez asks for patience and says there are also four yard waste dumpster sites across the city for residents to use.…Read more »

Marjorie L. Farrell, 91

Marjorie L. Farrell, 91, of Ottawa passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Ottawa Pavilion. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 am, Tuesday, September 22 at St. Patrick’s Church, with Rev. Bruno Byomuhangi officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 am, prior to services, at Ottawa Funeral Home. Burial will be…Read more »

COVID-19 statistics for Tuesday, September 15

LaSalle County added 23 to its coronavirus recovery count Tuesday for 945. Ten more cases were added for 1,522. The state is up to 264,210 cases so far with 1,466 added Tuesday. The number of fatal cases in Illinois climbed by 20 to 8,332. The figures are from the LaSalle County Health Department and the…Read more »

TBM Avenger Reunion organizers want to stay in Peru

The TBM Avenger Reunion intends to have the vintage airplanes and salute to veterans in Peru again next year. It was cancelled this year because of the pandemic, and trying to have it in Terre Haute, Indiana didn’t pan out. Event committee chairman Cary Miller says it’s a very special event for veterans who get…Read more »