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LaSalle County sues drug maker over addictive pain killer problem

The LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office is going after a big drug maker for the opioid addiction problem. State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly filed a suit against Purdue Pharma this week, claiming it misled people about the safety and effectiveness of addictive pain killers. She says the company owners lined their pockets while people were hospitalized…read more »

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Plumbing expert can offer limited testimony in Cusick murder trial

LaSalle County Judge Cynthia Raccuglia is ruling that a plumbing engineer can testify in the murder-by-drowning case against 51-year-old Ken Cusick, of Ottawa. However, Julius Ballanco can’t talk about every conclusion he’s made about the case. After hearing arguments from both sides Wednesday, Raccuglia says that Ballanco can talk about his opinion that Tracy Lynn…read more »

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Pritzker subject of federal probe

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker is the subject of a federal probe into a tax dodging scheme that dogged his gubernatorial campaign. WBEZ radio in Chicago says a law-enforcement source confirmed the investigation that has been ongoing since October. The investigation centers on Pritzker’s plan to remove toilets from a Chicago mansion in order to have…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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