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Canal Corridor Association getting grant money for bike rental program

The Illinois Office of Tourism is announcing $1.8-million in grants for seventeen organizations across the state. One is the LaSalle-based Canal Corridor Association. It’s receiving $134,474 to start a bike rental program. Illinois and Michigan Canal trial visitors requested the service. Other grant recipients include the Farnsworth House in Plano and the Egyptian Threatre in…read more »


Illinois hunters bag more turkeys in 2019 than 2018

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says hunters took 15,189 wild turkeys in the 2019 hunting season. That’s 1,695 more than last year. In LaSalle County, hunters bagged 115 turkeys. Bureau County hunters took 212 and Putnam County hunters took 43. Illinois’ record was set in 2006 hunters hunters harvested 16,569 turkeys.read more »

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Cushing Field is an IDOT Airport of the Year

Cushing Field owner Charles “Bud” Cushing says pilot training offered at the airport in Newark is one reason it got an award from the Illinois Department of Transportation this year. New pilots can learn to fly for two types of licenses there. Cushing says there’s a lot of camaraderie at the airport. It has hosted…read more »

Former LaSalle County State's Attorney Brian Towne

Ill. Supreme Court keeps State’s Attorney Donnelly out of case against former S.A. Brian Towne

The Illinois Supreme Court will not step in and reinstate LaSalle County State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly as the prosecutor in the official misconduct case against her predecessor, Brian Towne. A high court decision this week declines to hear her appeal of a lower court judge’s ruling that another prosecutor replace her. Nearly a year-and-a-half ago,…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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