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Ottawa City Hall has new options for city court scofflaws

A new Ottawa city ordinance gives City Hall some options for going after people who don’t pay their city court fines. Commissioner Tom Ganiere says blowing off the fines could get your drivers license suspended or you might find a tire boot on your car. He says it’s not a widespread problem in the relatively…read more »

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Red Cross spreading smoke detector program to Ottawa

The Red Cross and some volunteers have been going door to door in Streator every few Saturdays for the last two years to install smoke detectors in homes. Steve Swett with the local Red Cross says they’ll do it in Ottawa starting this fall. The smoke detectors have ten-year batteries that the user can’t remove,…read more »


People Speak Up At Town Hall Meeting

People in the 75th District talked the budget, crime, and Medicaid at a town hall meeting at Seneca High School last week with State Representative David Welter. One person in the audience was Jenae Wise, with the local libertarian party. She said one way to save the state some money was to end the war…read more »

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Ottawa High tennis court resurfacing finally begins

The tennis court resurfacing is finally underway at Ottawa High School. The school district hired a company that specializes in it back in January. But the work couldn’t have started until spring and was expected to cut into part of the tennis season. And as it turned out, spring was too wet and the OHS…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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