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IVCC starting cyber security degree

Illinois Valley Community College is starting a cyber security degree. Dean of Workforce Development Shane Lange says someone getting such a degree could qualify for jobs that start at $20 or more per hour. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says the media pay is around $47 per hour. Lange says people considering a cyber…read more »


Healthcare becoming more mobile

Healthcare is becoming more on-demand. OSF St. Elizabeth President Ken Buetke says it fits into the hospital system’s business model. OSF just opened its Urgo walk-in clinic in Ottawa last week. The hospital system also has a virtual service call OSF OnCall that people can access on cell phones and other devices. Buetke says the…read more »


Rezin bill seeks to lower school administrative costs

St. Sen. Sue Rezin, of Morris, is sponsoring a bill to save money on school administrative costs. Rezin says the state is spending more than it should to pay for principals and superintendents. The bill, which passed in the Illinois Senate, allows school districts to share superintendents. Districts interested would have to agree. Voters could…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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