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Heart disease management–with or without symptoms

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s managing his heart condition well enough now to participate in a presidential candidate forum Tuesday night, although he admits ignoring heart trouble symptoms before. OSF Cardiologist Dr. Steve Lome says symptoms can be shortness of breath and a feeling of weakness. There can be pain and heaviness in the chest.…read more »

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Free disposal at Marseilles Clean Up Days

Story by Martha Hoffman The annual Marseilles Clean Up Days takes place next week, and it’s free. Free waste disposal will be available with dumpsters at the city garage on Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25 from 7AM and 6PM and on Saturday, October 26 from 8AM to noon. Commissioner Jim Buckingham explains this…read more »


IVCC College and Career Night to emphasize alternatives to four-year college

STORY BY MARTHA HOFFMAN This year, there are even more opportunities at Illinois Valley Community College’s College and Career Night. IVCC’s Director of Admissions, Records and Transfer Services Quintin Overocker says there’s an emphasis on the variety of education options available, like technical and career education. He says IVCC will have information on its certificates…read more »

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Ottawa Chamber will interview top three applicants for top job

People interested in the executive director’s job at the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce have until November 1 to apply. The nine-member search committee will pick the top three candidates and interview them. Chamber board chair Angie Stevenson says the organization wants someone who recognizes new opportunities, can continually improve existing activities, and bring fresh…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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