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WCMY News for 5/15/24 | The voice of LaSalle County since 1952!

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Tonight’s Ottawa City Council workshop session is open to the public. It starts at 7:00 PM in the Central Intermediate School cafeteria. The workshop is the result of last week’s city council meeting with a resolution opposing a plan by OSF Healthcare to replace St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Ottawa with a smaller hospital across Norris Drive from the current one location. In agreeing to table the resolution, the city council requested a public workshop meeting of the council with representatives from OSF Healthcare. Up to one hour of public comment will be included in the agenda following comments from the mayor and commissioners, followed by comments from OSF Healthcare representatives. Responses from OSF Healthcare representatives will follow the public comment period. It is a work session, so no official action will be taken. The proposed resolution will be voted on at next week’s Ottawa city council meeting.

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LaSalle County Coroner Rich Ploch has released the identity of a fatality in last Friday’s early morning crash on Illinois 251 north of Peru near North 36th Road. Autopsy results show 25-year-old Jerome Johnson of Ottawa died from multiple injuries when he was struck by another vehicle after being ejected from the vehicle he was in. The accident is still under investigation.

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Construction is underway on the exit and entrance ramps at the I-80 and Route 47 interchange in Morris. Construction will take place every night, starting at 6:00 PM and ending at 6:00 AM. Lane closures will occur on the ramps and the project is expected to be completed by the end of June.

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The General WHL Wallace Memorial Event in Ottawa, Illinois, scheduled for May 18-19, 2024, promises two exciting new additions. Visitors can access the WHL Wallace Memorial window at Christ Episcopal Church on Saturday and witness a Civil War flag display at the Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum on Sunday. The Civil War Saturday encampment at Reddick Mansion offers a glimpse into camp life with reenactors presenting various activities. Admission costs $5.00 per person and $20.00 per family. On Sunday, the museum will feature Drew Jessen’s extensive collection of Civil War flags, along with tours of the private Wallace-Dickey Cemetery, which sheds light on General Wallace’s history. Tours depart every 30 minutes from 10am to 3:30pm and cost $15.00 per person and $25.00 per family. The proceeds support the wall restoration of the cemetery. For more information, visit genwallace.com.

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The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is changing its name in honor of a major donation it received in 2019. The rebranding of the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry recognizes a $125 million gift from Ken Griffin, Citadel’s founder and CEO. The change comes after Griffin moved the hedge fund from Chicago to Miami in 2022 after more than 30 years in the Windy City.

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Illinois is paying tribute to firefighters across the state. Governor Pritzker and State Fire Marshal James Rivera attended the 31st annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Medal of Honor ceremony. The event honored and commemorated five fallen firefighters and recognized those who went above and beyond the call of duty during the 31st annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Medal of Honor Ceremony. Eight firefighters received the Medal of Honor, the highest award given by the state of Illinois to a firefighter for an act of extraordinary courage or heroism.

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The state of Illinois is remembering an Aurora firefighter recruit who died in the line of duty. Governor Pritzker has ordered flags to fly at half-staff from May 22 to 24 in memory of Cristian Medrano. The 27-year-old died unexpectedly on April 12.

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An Illinois State Police trooper is recovering from a crash on I-55 in Will County. Authorities say the trooper’s stationary patrol car was struck by a Toyota Corolla Monday evening north of Route 59. The trooper was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Corolla, Asante Williams, was charged with the Move Over Law, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane use.

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DePaul University is canceling its 2024 FEST as pro-Palestinian protesters continue to gather on campus. The cancellation of the annual music festival at the end of the school year comes days after the university announced that negotiations with protesters had reached a standstill. FEST 2024 would take place on Friday on the quad, where the pro-Palestinian encampment has been located since April 30.

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WEATHER:

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Northeast wind around 10 km/hour, with wind gusts up to 20 km/hour.

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This evening

Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

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funeral notices:

Karl Laxfoss Howardson Jr, 55, of Seneca went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 7, after a short illness. A celebration of life for Karl Laxfoss Howardson Jr will take place at Osborne-Nelson Funeral Home in Seneca, Today. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m Todayand the service for Karl Laxfoss Howardson Jr. is at 11am of full military honors.

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Lori Ann Girard, 53, of Ottawa, passed away Wednesday, May 8, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Visitation for Lori Ann Girard will be held on Thursday, May 16 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Ottawa Funeral Home. A funeral ceremony will be held for Lori Ann Girard being kept on Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. at the Ottawa Funeral Home. Burial for Lori Ann Girard will follow at Oakwood Memorial Park.

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Carl Edward “Higgins” Dimmick, Jr., 64, of Ottawa, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, at his home, surrounded by his family. Funeral services for Carl Edward “Higgins” Dimmick, Jr. will take place in private. The arrangements for Carl Edward “Higgins” Dimmick, Jr. have been entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa.

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Thomas George Hughes, 60, of Ottawa, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, at his home in Ottawa. A private funeral was held for Thomas George Hughes at Oakwood Memorial Park in Ottawa. Have arrangements entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa for the service.

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SPORT:

Basketball

Ottawa 7, Streator 6:

Newark 6, Somonauk 5: In Newark

Indian Creek 8, Earlville 5:

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Softball

Seneca 15, Iroquois West 0 (4 inn): At Seneca

Newark 8, Yorkville Christian 0: In Newark

St. Bede 14, Hall 0 (5 inn):

Geneseo 15, La Salle-Peru 13:

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The Chicago White Sox recorded a win and a loss during their doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Guaranteed Rate Field. In game one, the Sox fell 6-3. Eloy Jimenez homered in the losing effort, while John Brebbia was charged with the loss in relief. In game two, the White Sox defeated the Nationals 4-0. Andrew Vaughn drove in all four of Chicago’s runs with a three-run home run in the third inning and a solo home run in the eighth. Erick Fedde dominated his former team with seven innings of no-run ball and six strikeouts, improving to 4-and-0. The White Sox are still at the bottom of the AL Central at 13 and 30. Garrett Crochet will man the rubber for the Southsiders against Washington this afternoon.

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The Chicago Cubs were excluded for the second straight game during a 7-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. The Cubs managed just three hits in the losing effort, with Patrick Wisdom yielding the club’s only extra base hit with a double. Jameson Taillon was charged with his first loss after giving up seven runs on seven hits in four innings. The Northsiders remain in second place in the NL Central at 24-and-19. Javier Assad will start for the Cubs tonight against Atlanta.

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The Chicago Sky open the 2024 WNBA season tonight with a game against the Dallas Wings at College Park Center. The Sky is looking to return to the postseason for the sixth straight season. They finished 18 and 22 last season and lost to Las Vegas in the first round of the playoffs. This evening match tips at 7 p.m.

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The Chicago Blackhawks are facing a sexual harassment and fraud lawsuit. Former team employee Nina Sanders filed a lawsuit against the club yesterday. Sanders claims the team used her to build relationships with Native American organizations because of her Native American heritage. Once the relationships were createdSanders said she was rented to go. Sanders also says she was sexually harassed by another employee within the organization, adding that her reports to the team went unnoticed. The Blackhawks released a statement saying the team investigated her claims of sexual harassment and found them to be unsubstantiated.