Author Archives: Rick Koshko

Changes made at veterans home after COVID outbreak

The veterans home in LaSalle is getting a different brand of hand sanitizer to use in the fight against the coronavirus. The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs says staff are being trained again on mask use and the process for screening employees for symptoms is being changed. Employees are given rapid antigen tests to find…Read more »

Debra Loughridge, 64

Debra J. Loughridge 1956 – 2020 Debra J. Loughridge, 64, of LaSalle, formerly of Ottawa, passed away on Monday evening, November 23, 2020 at her home. A burial will take place on a later date, at Oakwood Memorial Park. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa. Debra was born on February…Read more »

LaSalle County COVID fatalities up to 123

Five more COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the LaSalle County Health Department Tuesday. That makes 123 so far. As has been the case for the most part, the latest cases affected older people from their 70s on up. There were 2,380 currently known cases in the county as of Monday.Read more »

Broadband prospects to be subject of survey in Oglesby

A plan may be coming together to deliver higher speed internet to Oglesby. City Commissioner Jason Curran says there’s a survey about how residents use the internet and how they’d like to use it. He hopes everyone who gets such a survey answers it. The firm that’s researching it wants to find out if it…Read more »

Judge and public defender Bute remembered

Former LaSalle County judge and public defender Dan Bute died Monday at age 69. He retired four years ago after being a judge for 11 years and a public defender for 18. Bute was known for telling it like it is. He once told a judge his client didn’t call the probation office on time…Read more »

LaSalle County judge to fill appellate vacancy

After almost 20 years as a judge in LaSalle County, Gene Daugherity will become an appellate judge. An Illinois Supreme Court announcement says Daugherity will fill the Robert Carter vacancy. Carter is moving up to the Illinois Supreme Court for two years. That vacancy is happening because not enough voters said yes to keeping Tom…Read more »

James A. Gleason, 89

James A. Gleason 1931 – 2020 James A. Gleason, 89, of Ottawa, passed away at his son’s home In Ottawa, IL on November 22nd 2020, surrounded by his family. A graveside service is being planned for the spring of 2021. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa. He was born on…Read more »

Peru cancels Christmas parade and gift give-away

There’ll be no Christmas parade or gift give-away in Peru. The City Council Monday night talked about coronavirus safety and decided there’s too much risk. Both events were planned for Saturday, December 5. Mayor Scott Harl says he knows a lot went into planning the events. But he feels the best option is to bring…Read more »

Former judge and public defender Dan Bute dies

Former LaSalle County Judge Daniel Bute died Monday. He was 69. Bute retired in 2016 after 11 years as a judge. Before that, he was a public defender in LaSalle County for 18 years. He had developed a reputation as someone who would vigorously defend his clients, whatever the situation was. He was also known…Read more »