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After almost 20 years and more than $760,000 in fundraising, the organizer of the annual Ottawa St. Baldrick’s fundraiser is moving away. Rita Chovan is asking some of the people who’ve been involved to keep it going. But she’s leaving for the same reason she moved to town 19 years ago—her husband is being transferred…read more »
Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei says nothing about a fire at Double D Express Saturday morning appears suspicious. The Office of the State Fire Marshal is helping Peru’s fire department investigate the cause. The fire had part of May Rd. closed during the fight against the fire. Bernabei says Officer Nick Biagioni, who is also…read more »
There’s a vacancy to fill on the Marseilles Elementary School Board. James Buckingham, elected in 2017, is resigning. There’s a year left in his term, so the person appointed to replace him will fill it out. The person who fills the seat must live in the school district, be a citizen, be at least 18…read more »
A Grundy County judge has said no again to throwing out a lawsuit against LaSalle County over two former employees who want their jobs back. Last month, Judge Lance Peterson ruled against tossing Auditor Jody Wilkinson’s suit. Friday, he ruled against dismissing the suit filed by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.…read more »
A former newspaper photographer will be sentenced in March for a child pornography charge he pleaded guilty to Friday. Forty-four year old Doug Larson admitted downloading and saving a picture of an infant girl being used in a sex act. He could go to prison for up to 30 years, pay a fine of up…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.