The incoming 76th District State Representative wants a defamation lawsuit by the outgoing state rep. tossed. A court filing earlier this month from Lance Yednock also wants Jerry Long to pay his legal fees. Long, through his attorney Julie Ajster, sued Yednock and his campaign for running a false television ad that he claims incorrectly…read more »
The Ottawa High School Board is sending the Fox River Levee improvement project out to bid. The board voted on it Monday. Supt. Mike Cushing says a Federal Emergency Management Agency Grant worth $1.1-million will pay for some of it. Bids are due at the end of January. Cushing says the board could approve one…read more »
21-year-old Ashanti Roberts, of Chicago, won’t go to trial for the death of 33-year-old Maria De La Torre, of Streator, Thursday after all. Roberts was set to have a trial-by-judge in front of Judge H. Chris Ryan. She hired Chicago attorney Zaid Abdallah who will need time to prepare ahead of a new hearing set…read more »
Streator Mayor Jimmie Lansford has an idea for generating city revenue from solar power without owning any solar panels. If the city starts its own electric utility to buy electricity wholesale and sell it to residents and businesses, solar farms near Streator could be suppliers. The city council could ask voters to approve it in…read more »
Streator city officials are eyeing a form of gambling related entertainment as a possible threat to video gambling that generates tax revenue. Mayor Jimmie Lansford says sweepstakes machines aren’t licensed and pay no revenue to state and local governments. That undercuts those who’ve gone to the trouble of licensing video slot machines and other games.…read more »
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 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.