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Local unemployment nearly steady from June to July

Local unemployment figures barely budged from June to July. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says 5.6% of people in LaSalle County who wanted work didn’t have it in June and July. The rate was also 5.6% for July last year. Bureau County’s rate went from 4.7% to 4.8% from June to July. Putnam County’s…read more »

W.H.L. Wallace

Wallace Memorial Weekend August 26 and 27

This weekend, the Wallace Memorial Committee puts on Civil War reenactments for the sixth annual General W.H.L. Wallace Memorial Weekend. Committee Chairman Chuck Sanders says the admission fees help fund restoration at the private Dickey-Wallace Cemetery which the committee hopes to open to the public eventually. Admission is $7 per person or $20 per family.…read more »

Drone aircraft hovering

Drones to detect power outages in Illinois

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An electrical and natural-gas service company in central Illinois is using a fleet of drones to detect power outages, inspect power lines and poles and plan for construction projects. The News-Gazette reports that Ameren Illinois officials demonstrated the drones Tuesday in Urbana. The company has 36 drones and 18 trained pilots.…read more »


IVCC Board Passes 2018 Budget

The Illinois Valley Community College Board of Trustees passed a 2018 budget last week. IVCC President Jerry Corcoran says he’s pleased that the state finally has a budget that funds higher education. Corcoran says he’s also happy that lawmakers have recognized that higher education is one of the best economic engines in the state. The…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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