The Ottawa City Council has approved the final plans for Anthony Place. That’s a low income senior citizen apartment building to be put up behind the First National Bank drive-thru north of City Hall. Mayor Bob Eschbach says the contractor plans to begin construction in early 2019. There may be grants to help low income…read more »
The city of Ottawa bought a vacant home on the near west side as part of the plan to improve sewer service. City Commissioner Dan Aussem says there’s an old sewer lift station along the Illinois River in the 500 block of Illinois Ave. It’s hard to repair it and it’s in the floodplain. The…read more »
An Ottawa man will begin a 12-year prison sentence for a drive-by shooting that his father believes he’s innocent of. Twenty-five year old Esteban Avila was told to leave a Marseilles home last New Year’s Eve after a fight. Prosecutors say he drove home to Ottawa, got a gun, and returned to Marseilles to fire…read more »
Ottawa Mayor Bob Eschbach’s plan to sell an empty and damaged building on Fulton St. didn’t work out as he planned, but it’s probably just as well. City Hall now plans to sell the building for $1. The new owner will repair the roof that’s fallen in and make other fixes so a new tenant…read more »
Things are moving forward with a project for a new boat launch just west of Nucor, known also as Independence Tube. City Attorney Richard Burton says the city council could vote on a land swap with the company for riverfront property where up to three new boat launches could be built. The city is trading…read more »
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 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.