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Former LaSalle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne’s defense is asking for a speedy trial; the special prosecutor in the case thinks everything should be on hold. Prosecutor Greg McClintock argued before Judge Clark Erickson Friday, appeals that have been filed in the case mean Erickson can’t do anything substantive with it until all the higher…read more »
Marseilles Police Officer Michael Byrd is now certified to teach the DARE anti-drug program. DARE stands for drug abuse resistance education. Byrd is the resource officer at Marseilles Elementary School. Supt. Brenda Donahue presented Officer Byrd with a plaque at city council earlier this week. Commissioner of Public Safety Gary Lewey says once the city…read more »
In the next couple months, Ottawa residents will get letters telling them again about the electric aggregation or bulk buying electric rate program. The city is going with Constellation Energy. City Commissioner Wayne Eichelkraut doesn’t recommend it, but he says people can take their electric rates from other providers. He says he’s heard a lot…read more »
The LaSalle County Drug Court program is one step closer to starting up. State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly says after receiving the go-ahead from the county, she’s hired a Drug Court Coordinator. Drug court employees are paid through grants and not local tax dollars Donnelly hopes to have things up and running by the end of…read more »
Ottawa Mayor Bob Eschbach gave a recap on 20 years in office and looked ahead to developments on the way during his final State of the City Address Thursday. He says the Ottawa Industrial Park could get a new tenant soon. He says the city is one of two finalists for an international manufacturer that…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.