Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joni Hunt says the chamber will focus more on economic development by having a greater presence in Illinois and by writing down concrete goals. Hunt detailed the path forward for IVAC at the 107th Annual Dinner on Tuesday at Starved Rock Lodge. Hunt says the chamber is…read more »
Streator Police are saying that an armed robbery from Thursday in the 1200 block S. Bloomington Street didn’t happen. They arrested 31-year-old Christopher Grimm, of Streator Friday. Grimm allegedly filed a false report about robbed of cash at gunpoint in an ally Thursday. He was released with a court date.read more »
Ottawa’s yard waste drop-off is done for the season. City Commissioner James Less says the dumpsters have been removed from the lot across the street from the city garage. Anything you meant to drop off there or acquire during the next few months will have to wait until the dumpsters return in the spring. Burning…read more »
The Ottawa City Council has approved the final plans for Anthony Place. That’s a low income senior citizen apartment building to be put up behind the First National Bank drive-thru north of City Hall. Mayor Bob Eschbach says the contractor plans to begin construction in early 2019. There may be grants to help low income…read more »
The city of Ottawa bought a vacant home on the near west side as part of the plan to improve sewer service. City Commissioner Dan Aussem says there’s an old sewer lift station along the Illinois River in the 500 block of Illinois Ave. It’s hard to repair it and it’s in the floodplain. The…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.