Author Archives: Ethan Kruger

Five new coronavirus cases and two new recoveries

LaSalle County has five new COVID-19 cases and two new recoveries. The health department says there have been 148 cases and 81 recoveries as of Friday. The cases include a woman in her thirties, a man in his thirties, a man in his forties, a woman in her fifties, and a man in his sixties.…Read more »

Marseilles restaurants get free patio license from City Hall

The Marseilles City Council agreed on Thursday to issue permits to all restaurants in town to serve people outdoors. Mayor Jim Hollenbeck doesn’t think it will affect traffic or parking downtown. Hollenbeck says the council had a special meeting on Thursday to vote on the permits as restaurants will be able to serve diners outdoors…Read more »

One new COVID-19 case in LaSalle County

LaSalle County had just one additional COVID-19 case to report on Wednesday. The LaSalle County Health Department says the cases is a male in his teens. There have been 142 cases in the county. Illinois announced 1,111 new cases on Wednesday and 160 new deaths. The state is up to 114,306 cases and 5,083.Read more »

Man killed in Monday train crash identified

The person killed in a train versus pedestrian crash Monday morning at the south railroad crossing on Main Street in Marseilles has been identified as 48-year-old Patrick D. Haff who was homeless. Marseilles police say Haff stepped onto the westbound tracks in front of the oncoming train. It was traveling at forty miles per hour…Read more »

Several downtown Ottawa Streets closing for outdoor dining

Ottawa City Hall is implementing new parking restrictions and street closures to accommodate outdoor dining as Illinois moves into phase three of reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday. The changes go into effect Thursday. On Main Street, the north parking and traffic lanes are closing from Court Street to Columbus Street. Madison Street will…Read more »

Demmer says budget only ‘balanced on a wing and a prayer’

Dixon State Rep. Tom Demmer says the $40-billion budget passed by the Illinois House on Saturday isn’t balanced. Demmer says Republicans were largely left out of the discussion of making it. Demmer is also against a proposal that would give Gov. Pritzker more leeway over how tax dollars are spent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Demmer…Read more »

Three new COVID-19 recoveries, one new case

The LaSalle County Health Department only had one new COVID-19 case to report on Tuesday. The county is up to 141 cases. The new case is a woman in her twenties. Three more people who contracted the virus have now recovered. The number recoveries in the county is 76. Illinois announced 1,178 new cases on…Read more »

Anthony Place housing development nearly complete

The Anthony Place housing development in downtown Ottawa on Clinton Street is just about complete. The $12-million project has 56 apartments for people ages 55-years and older took around a year to build. Andrew Block, Co-President of Crane Construction, says the whole development process took around four years. Block says there is strong demand for…Read more »

Democratic Congressional Candidate gets Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsement

Democratic Candidate for the 16th Congressional District Dani Brzozowski has earned an endorsement from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Acting Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Alexis McGill Johnson says the fund is supporting candidates who champion protecting people’s rights and health. Brzozowski says the support means a lot to her. She thinks Planned Parenthood has…Read more »