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Ottawa selling home damaged in last year’s tornado

One of the homes damaged in last year’s tornado is now property of the city of Ottawa. City Attorney Christina Cantlin says the city is selling it for a minimum bid of $10. The home is in the 500 block of Second Ave. Cantlin says the owner couldn’t fix it, so she gave it to…read more »


I.B.E.W. Local 176 members picket new Holiday Inn site

Some union workers were outside the construction site of the new Holiday Inn on Columbus Street in Ottawa Thursday. Rich Bellotti was on the picket line. Presumably R.L.P. Development, the company building the hotel, hired a company called Scott Electric to work on the building. Bellotti claims that Scott Electric is paying substandard wages and…read more »

Seneca High School

Seneca High close to hiring school resource officer

If the school board approves the agreement next month, there’ll be a school resource officer at Seneca High School in the new school year. Supt. Jim Carlson says the idea came up a few years ago. News of school shootings in the last few months changed it from could-do to must-do status. Carlson says a…read more »

Damaged wet road with holes

Ottawa gets the better deal it wanted on street and curb work

Opperman Construction of Pontiac is getting the contract for this year’s street patching and curb work in Ottawa. The City Council approved the low bid this week. Two weeks ago, the commissioners and mayor rejected the bids that had come in. Commissioner James Less said they were all a lot higher than the engineer’s estimate.…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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