United Way Labor of Love home improvement application time

Low income people who need help repairing homes they own can ask for help from the United Way of Eastern LaSalle County again. The applications are available at many banks in the United Way chapter’s service area. That area goes from the Leland area to Grand Ridge and from Naplate to Seneca. Home owners have…read more »


Plenty to do at Riverfest without carnival

Ottawa Mayor Bob Eschbach says despite there not being a carnival this year, Riverfest on the first week of August is still the biggest party of the summer. And he says there’s still plenty to do. Another change this year is cheaper food tickets. The rate is $10 for ten tickets. Last year it was…read more »


Man convicted in standoff over eviction changing lawyers

The lawyer who represents 57-year old Jeffrey Sorrentino of Peru when he’s sentenced won’t be the same one who represented him at trial. Judge H. Chris Ryan found Sorrentino guilty but mentally ill two months ago in connection with an armed standoff with police who were evicting him from a foreclosed home. In court Friday,…read more »

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Ottawa Elementary District mulls new safety manual

The Ottawa Elementary School District is updating its safety manual. The current one is from 2007. It details what teachers and staff need to do in a number of emergencies. Shepherd Middle School Assistant Principle Melanie Conley says staff members have to be ready to deal with emergencies they didn’t use to. The updated manual…read more »

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Algal bloom could happen on the Illinois River

Algae could be blooming on the Illinois River. A toxin was detected in the river at Hennepin. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency spokesperson Kim Biggs says environmental and health officials are watching for bluish and greenish masses from Morris to Lacon. An algal bloom is a natural phenomenon often triggered by weather. It was hot for…read more »

Rick Koshko

Rick Koshko

Rick Koshko lived the first half of his life in southern Illinois, then moved to Ottawa early in his broadcasting career. His first thoughts of broadcasting as a career occurred to him at age five–when it was bed time and he realized the guy on the radio didn’t have to go to bed yet. Some irony: for most of the time he’s worked in radio, Rick has had to get up very early in the morning to be on the air, sometimes in addition to being up late at night like he wanted.

Rick is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s broadcasting program. He speaks Esperanto, likes astronomy (SkyCaramba), and makes a hobby of photography.

Ethan Kruger

Ethan Kruger

Ethan Kruger started his broadcasting career in college after realizing that he liked hearing himself talk a little bit too much. After a brief stint of spinning records at Eastern Illinois University’s student FM station, Ethan realized his love for reporting the news. He loves where he works and is always excited to discuss what’s happening in the community. Ethan sees it as a privilege to serve the good people of LaSalle County through broadcasting.

Ethan likes board games, the outdoors, and watching all the different versions of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

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