Man who escaped from Illinois State Police in custody again

Illinois State Police say 39-year-old Erik Winfert is once again in custody after escaping out of a back door at District 17 Headquarters in LaSalle Thursday morning. It took police about an hour to find him. A K-9 was used to locate Winfert in a wooded area near Raccuglia Drive and Chartres Street. Winfert was…read more »


LaSalle-Peru High School student behind threat

A LaSalle-Peru High School student may face legal troubles in juvenile court for the threat of violence that prompted a police investigation Wednesday morning. Supt. Steven Wrobleski says police quickly determined that the threat wasn’t credible. He also says the school’s action plan for situations like that was put into use. Wrobleski says he understands…read more »


IVAC Executive Director looks forward

Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joni Hunt touted big website numbers and increasing membership during a look back on 2018 and a look forward to 2019 Wednesday. Hunt also talked about a new program to bring non-profit groups together. The Chamber is also looking at ways to get people ready to join…read more »


Police investigate threat at LaSalle-Peru High School

LaSalle-Peru High School Supt. Steven Wrobleski says a threat that school officials became aware of Wednesday morning is unsubstantiated. But he says there will be a heightened police presence for a while. Wrobleski says police began investigating the threat just before 11 Wednesday morning and are confident the school is safe. Anyone who can give…read more »


Fire fighter’s defense lawyer can question prosecutor’s motive in murder trial

Another defense lawyer is questioning whether LaSalle County State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly is prosecuting someone mainly for reasons that go back to her 2016 campaign for office. Judge Cynthia Raccuglia Wednesday ruled that it’s okay for defense lawyer Ryan Hamer to raise questions like that when 51-year old Ottawa fire fighter Ken Cusick’s case goes…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.

WCMY News Podcasts