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Grants approved for Thornton Park, Rotary Park projects

The city of Ottawa is getting the grant it asked for to make the improvements people say they want at Thornton Park. The state announced Friday a $305,100 amount going to Ottawa. The city will have to come up with at least that much to add to the funding. Based on input people gave a…read more »


Child porn case sticking to trial schedule

An Ottawa man remains on the trial schedule for the last week of this month on child pornography charges. Forty-four year old Doug Larson was arrested in February 2018. The case has been delayed for much of the time since while he was away for treatment. Larson is a former newspaper photographer.read more »

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Ottawa woman’s embezzling case back on the trial schedule

Prosecutors tried to work out a plea deal with an Ottawa woman charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from a law firm. But Assistant State’s Attorney Jeremiah Adams said in court Friday, no agreement has been reached. With negotiations stalled, Adams asked Judge Cynthia Raccuglia to put 45-year old Rosalina Resendez’s case back on the…read more »


Car hits pedestrian south of Ottawa bridge

Contributing writer: Ethan Kruger Ottawa police say a car hit a pedestrian just south Veterans Memorial Bridge Friday morning. The condition of the victim is unknown. Police are investigating what caused the accident. Capt. Dave Gualandri says it wasn’t a hit and run. The crash snarled up traffic for several hours.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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