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The Putnam County Public Defender caught up in a LaSalle County prostitution sting this spring is pleading guilty to battery. Court records say 65-year-old Roger Bolin took the plea on Wednesday. A charge of solicitation of a sexual act was dropped. Bolin will spend a year on court supervision and will pay a fine. He’s…read more »
The Ottawa City Council has rejected a grievance over a retired fire fighter’s final pay. Lt. Brian Garland got a 20% pay bump for the last two pay periods to boost his pension. Mayor Dan Aussem says Garland also wanted a 20% bump in the amount of paid time off he had coming. The City…read more »
At least some of Ottawa’s various festivals could be in for retooling. Mayor Dan Aussem is inviting the public to City Hall Thursday night, October 3 at 6pm to discuss them. Some festivals cost a lot more money to put on than they bring in. Some aren’t as popular as they used to be. Aussem…read more »
The former Herrcke Hardware store in LaSalle was picked over by the hosts of the History Channel’s American Pickers show on Saturday. Mike Bird was working on renovating the Auditorium Ballroom near the corner of First and Wright streets when a coworker spotted American Pickers host Mike Wolfe outside. Bird was invited in to watch…read more »
Ottawa Elementary will open its little red schoolhouse to the public on Sunday, September 29. Facilitator Karen Roth and some current students will talk about what it was like to be in school in 1885. The schoolhouse was an actual school building in the Ransom area from 1855 to 1932. The Ottawa Elementary School District…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.