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Ottawa to ask for $6.6 million in property taxes

Ottawa City Hall’s tax levy request for next year is $6.662 million. Treasurer Don Harris says it’s up from $6.266 million this year. Harris says the city expects more support for pensions in the coming year. The City Council put the levy request on file this week and is expected to vote on it later…read more »

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Ottawa Chamber announces next executive director

The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce’s next executive director will be Jeff Hettrick. He’s currently the external affairs manager for ComEd. Hettrick was one of more than 100 people who applied for the job, and one of ten the Chamber’s board of directors interviewed in person or by telephone. Hettrick will start on January 13.…read more »

OSF Streator building

OSF Streator location dedicated

Four years since the last hospital patients were admitted there, OSF held what it called a grand reopening ceremony Thursday at the former St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator. Vice President of Ambulatory Services Don Damron says while three of the six floors underwent major renovation, the OSF Streator location stayed open for medical services. So…read more »

Marseilles City Hall - Trager update

Marseilles 2020 tax levy on file

The Marseilles City Council is asking for a bit over $1.4-million in taxes next year. The 2020 tax levy was placed on file Wednesday. It’s a 23.01% jump over what the city received this year. Finance Commissioner Bobby Kaminski says it seems like a huge jump but really it isn’t. That’s because two tax increment…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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