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Illinois Valley Community College is planning on spending $32.3-million in the 2020 fiscal year. Revenue is predicted at $32.1-million. The deficit will be covered by tort and auxiliary funds. The board of trustees approved the budget last week. Revenue is up 1.8% from last year. Spending is down 6%.read more »
Retired Illinois Valley Community College journalism instructor Dr. Rose Marie Lynch was honored by the board of trustees last week. A plaque thanking her for service will be hung in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Center. Weeg was Lynch’s longtime mentor. Lynch handled Weeg’s $1.2-million donation to school in 2017 that paid for the…read more »
Ottawa River Rescue helped free a 25- to 30-foot boat that got stuck on an underwater “wing dam” in the Illinois River near Ottawa High School Friday night. Nobody was hurt; the boat was just caught. The River Rescue volunteers worked to lighten the boat’s load so it could move freely. A wing dam guides…read more »
The Illinois Treasurer’s Office offers a way to save for college. Treasure Michael Frerichs says you can take care of two things while visiting his office’s website. Frerichs says the plans can be used for tuition, books, and other costs. There are some fees to make an account, but contributions are eligible for state tax…read more »
Fifty-eight year old Salvatore Fiumefreddo of Peru is going to prison for a six-year term. He pleaded guilty in front of Judge H. Chris Ryan Friday to aggravated arson for setting a house on fire in May. Fiumefreddo admitted setting the fire in a bedroom closet. Police said in May that he’s related to the…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.
Jacob Steinberg is a News Reporter for WCMY.