Author Archives: Ethan Kruger

Perfectly Flawed Foundation streaming stress management sessions

The Perfectly Flawed Foundation is offering resources to help people recovering from addiction, and everyone else, manage stress during the coronavirus outbreak. Founder Luke Tomsha says people can find videos to help online. There will be a live video hosted on the Perfectly Flawed Facebook page Tuesday at 5:15 about responding to negative life events.…Read more »

Ottawa woman charged with drug-induced homicide

An Ottawa woman is being charged with drug-induced homicide in the death of Jacalyn Norris in February. The LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office says 38-year-old Heather Reynolds was arrested on Sunday on an unrelated call in the 100 block of W. Stevenson Road by Ottawa Police. On Wednesday, February 5, Ottawa police were called to…Read more »

Marseilles City Council approves police agreement

The Marseilles City Council earlier this month approved an agreement with the Ottawa Police Department. Mayor Jim Hollenbeck says it allows the police departments to work together. Hollenbeck says if all the police in Marseilles are busy, Ottawa Officers can respond to calls. Both departments can also respond to calls requesting backup.Read more »

IVCC students fairing well at four-year universities

Illinois Valley Community College transfer students at Illinois State University and Northern Illinois University are scoring a higher average grade point average than their peers. Data shared with the Board of Trustees earlier this month says that IVCC transfers at ISU had an average GPA of 3.23, higher than the 3.07 average for transfers from…Read more »

First LaSalle County coronavirus death reported

The LaSalle County Health Department says a man in his eighties who tested positive for coronavirus has died. Health Department Administrator Julie Kerestes says she’s saddened to hear of the loss of a LaSalle County resident to the disease and sends her sincerest condolences to the man’s family. There are three other confirmed cases in…Read more »

City of Marseilles to offer no-interest loans to businesses

Businesses in Marseilles feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic can apply for no-interest loans through a program from city hall and Ottawa Savings Bank. Mayor Jim Hollenbeck says money the city has from an old state program is funding the loans. Ottawa Savings Bank is helping with the program. Businesses can borrow up to…Read more »

IVCH asking for donations of protective gear ahead of coronavirus surge

Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru is asking for donations of protective gear likes masks and gloves in preparation for an influx of coronavirus patients. Community Relations and Marketing Director Joan Fernandez says they have enough for now, but that could change rapidly. Items needed are Nitrile or vinyl gloves, hard plastic safety eye wear,…Read more »

Marseilles City Council votes to repair sewer station

The Marseilles City Council last week approved a $156,400 payment for work at the south side sewer pump station. Mayor Jim Hollenbeck says no work has been needed on the station for over twenty years. Pipes and concrete eaten away by sewer gas have been replaced. Money from a now defunct tax increment finance district…Read more »

Funeral homes adjust to coronavirus restrictions

Area funeral homes are operating under new restrictions to help curb the spread of coronavirus. Ottawa Funeral Home Owner Karen Nussbaum says the recommendation of only having only small gatherings, if any at all, is changing how things are done. Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home Owner John Roetker says having a small, private funerals with plans for…Read more »