Illinois Valley Community College trustees have approved a $34 million budget for fiscal year 2019. Revenue is expected to be $31.6 million. That would be 1.3% over the 2018 budget’s revenue. And expenses are expected to tally $34.4 million. That’s an 8% increase. The nearly $3 million difference will be made up with money on…read more »
The Hegeler Carus Foundation is accepting donations for a staircase renovation. The 20-year old east entrance staircase is deteriorating because rainwater doesn’t run off of it very well. Site Manager Dan Irvin says it’s been closed for four years to protect people. The original staircase failed for the same reason, although somehow it lasted for…read more »
The Norsk Museum in Norway is opening a special exhibit on rural Marseilles native and missile pioneer Maj. Gen. Holger N. Toftoy on Sunday from one to five. Museum President Dave Johnson says the museum has had a Holger Toftoy Day at the museum before, but this time around there are even more artifacts. Johnson…read more »
Ottawa Police dealt with three suspected heroin overdoses Friday afternoon in the 500 block of Deleon Street. All three were allegedly caused by the same batch. Chief Brent Roalson is asking anyone who may know someone suffering from heroin addiction to let them know for their own safety.read more »
Filming for an HBO show will close down a portion of County High 5, or Sandy Ford Road, on Monday and Tuesday. That’s between County Highway 57 and Route-23. The closure will be from seven in morning through nine at night. A statement from an HBO spokeswoman says the show is Lovecraft Country, based on…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.