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Chamber calls Ottawa Town Meeting to inform potential candidates

The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting the city’s residents to the Knights of Columbus at 7pm Thursday, October 25 for the Ottawa Town Meeting. Assistant Executive Director Meg Skelly says it’ll be modeled a lot after the Competitive Communities Initiative meeting of 20 years ago. People will brainstorm out loud what they like…read more »


Ottawa Sears is not closing

Sears Hometown is not the same company as Sears Holdings. So the Sears Holdings bankruptcy filing is not going to cause the Sears Hometown store in Ottawa to close. It is a privately owned franchise. Sears Hometown sells appliances and tools from many manufacturers, but its business model is largely independent of Sears owned-and-operated businesses.…read more »


Visitor numbers down at Starved Rock State Park

Visitor numbers are down this year at Staved Rock State Park. Site Supervisor Kerry Novak says they expect the final numbers for the year to come in at around 2.3 to 2.5-million people, at least 400,000 fewer than last year. He says that’s not a bad thing. That means less wear and tear on park…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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