Chase Cavanaugh/WNIJ

Ottawa City Engineer Dave Noble says some of the tornado damage from February 28 could have been prevented if construction was up to code.

Two Deaths Confirmed After Ottawa Tornado

Mar 2, 2017
WNIJ/Chase Cavanaugh

Two deaths have been confirmed as the result of an EF-3 tornado ripping through LaSalle County around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the LaSalle County Coroner's Office, 76-year-old Wayne Tuntland was crushed by a falling tree at 436 State St.  The Peoria County Coroner's Office also confirmed the death of 31-year old David Johnson. He died of his injuries after being treated at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa, and OSF St. Francis in Peoria. 

City of Ottawa

Ottawa will be asking its citizens whether they want home rule status for the city.  The City Council voted at its Jan. 17 meeting to put the question on the April 4 ballot.

Home Rule status would grant the city more flexibility to raise taxes. But according to the Ottawa Times, Mayor Robert Eschenbach says the city's desire for home rule isn't about that. He says it's about freeing the city from state restrictions that hinder the local government's ability to serve its citizens, such as providing cheaper internet access to residents.  

Preservation Grants Help Local Projects

Jan 25, 2013
McHenry County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Thirteen Illinois communities will share federal historic preservation grants. The money will fund historical surveys in Belvidere and Ottawa, and a video project in Woodstock.  It will also be used in Morrison.