Ottawa is getting more approvals from other local governments for extending the life of the Downtown Tax Increment Financing District. The County Board approved it Thursday. The city will let 51% of new taxes paid because of development in the district go to the taxing districts like normal along with 100% of taxes paid on…read more »
Streator’s city manager says the recently approved Community Revitalization Housing Strategy isn’t actually anything new. For a few years, Streator has worked on improving housing. City Manager Scot Wrighton says the city has sought grants to tear down dilapidated homes and obtained loans for housing rehabilitation. The city’s comprehensive plan approved in 2014 includes an…read more »
Denny Brue, of the Ottawa High School class of 1970, is being inducted into the Hall of Fame Saturday. He’s the first state championship athlete from OHS. Brue won the state pole vaulting championship the same year he graduated. He continued in athletics in college and eventually became a teacher and coach. Brue also ran…read more »
Dixon Republican Tom Demmer spoke against the minimum wage hike approved in the Illinois House Thursday. He says won’t just hurt businesses. Meanwhile, Gov. JB Prtizker is praising the Illinois House for passing the bill. He says it will give many Illinoisans more to spend and therefore help the economy. The bill increases the $8.25…read more »
For the first time in 12 years, the LaSalle County Board has appointed a board chairman. Former board member Jim Olson will take over the position when Jerry Hicks steps down on March 1. Olson spent six years as a board member and one as the LaSalle County Circuit Clerk. The big issues he’ll manage…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.