Category Archives: WCMY News

IV PADS getting by without Lily Pads sales

The Lily Pads resale shops that support the Illinois Valley PADS homeless shelters are closed until the stay-at-home restrictions are gone. To save operational costs, the PADS shelter in Ottawa isn’t housing any residents. They’ve all been moved to Peru. Executive Director Carol Alcorn says donations of money and supplies are still welcome at either…Read more »

Grand Ridge water tower project generated voter turnout boost

Grand Ridge voters were very interested in the water tower referendum they approved. The LaSalle County election canvass published on Tuesday shows 40% of Farm Ridge Township’s 595 registered voters cast ballots in the election. Not all of the township’s residents live in the village, so voter turnout for Grand Ridge could actually be higher.…Read more »

Peru mayor asking stores to follow new guidelines

Peru Mayor Scott Harl is asking stores, and other businesses, to follow new guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Among the guidelines are only allowing one person per cart at stores, banning those under age 16, and providing signage encouraging social distancing. Stores are also asked to mark six foot spaces at checkout lanes…Read more »

IVCC students get extra time to withdraw from classes

Students who want to withdraw from 16-week classes at Illinois Valley Community College have a little longer to do it. The college has moved the deadline from Tuesday next week to Wednesday, April 22. The college’s vice president for student services, Mark Grzybowski, says the change is to give students more time and flexibility during…Read more »

Marseilles City Council approves emergency business loan program

The Marseilles City Council voted Wednesday to approve changes to the Community Development Assistance Program. Mayor Jim Hollenbeck says the changes allow the city to offer no-interest loans to local businesses taking a hit because of the coronavirus. Businesses can borrow up to $10,000 and defer the first payment for up to six months. Since…Read more »

All Ottawa parks ordered closed

All parks in Ottawa are now closed. The Ottawa Police Department says only the boat launches at Allen and Fox River parks will stay open for the public and only for launching boats. All public bathrooms are closed too. Police can fine violators up to $750 and possibly charge them with reckless conduct. The closures…Read more »

January-to-February unemployment drop shows what the virus derailed

February unemployment numbers, representing the period before the pandemic related layoffs, were looking good for this area. LaSalle County’s rate was 4.8%, down from 5.8% in January. Bureau County’s dropped from 5.5% to 4.4%. Putnam County’s dropped from 6.3% to 5.2%. And Grundy County’s improved from 5.1% to 4.7%. The March numbers haven’t been compiled…Read more »

Message from financial advisors: don’t panic

The global coronavirus pandemic has been roiling the stock market for several months now. Ottawa Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kim Krueger says that’s not a reason to sell everything in your stock portfolio in a panic. Krueger says with stocks dropping in value, now could a buying opportunity. She’s advising people to remember that everyone…Read more »

Mendota restricts store access

Mendota Mayor David Boelk is putting restrictions in place meant to curtail the spread of coronavirus at stores. He is doing so under an emergency declaration approved by the city council. Stores are now required to only let one customer in per 100 square feet in the store and only allow one person per each…Read more »