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Three area communities get safe school routes grant funds

LaSalle, DePue, and Somonauk are getting $200,000 each from the Illinois Safe Routes to School grant program. Cities ask for the money to improve sidewalks, crossings, and signs on streets where lots of kids walk to school. Gov. Pritzker’s office says 39 projects were approved statewide out of 160 applications. The money comes from a…read more »

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Spring planting not happening yet for most area farmers

This area’s weather’s been bad for farmers trying to get spring planting started. LaSalle County Farm Bureau President David Isermann says they have another month or so to plant to take advantage of the growing season. He says the weather before planting won’t affect new seed. Farmers who have plants that have year-round or over-winter…read more »


Two newcomers seated on LaSalle City Council

The LaSalle City Council is sporting two new faces. Jordan Crane and Joe Jeppson were seated on the council Monday night after their election victories earlier this month. Crane won in the fourth ward by defeating incumbent Mark Schneider by two mail-in votes. Jeppson already has a new business idea: Jeppson defeated four other candidates…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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