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Ottawa water tower by Naplate after the tornado

Water tank to be checked for tornado damage

Ottawa’s west side water tower appeared to stand strong after the tornado. City Commissioner Dan Aussem wants to make sure there’s no damage though. The city is hiring a company called Tank Industry Consultants to check it out. That water tower is next to the Pilkington North America glass factory. Although it looks like it’s…read more »

Midland Bank and Centrue Bank logos

Midland States now owns Centrue Bank

Twenty-two Centrue Bank locations are now owned by Midland States Bank. Shareholders of each bank approved the merger in votes Wednesday and Thursday. Midland States Corporate Counsel Doug Tucker says the deal was closed at the end of business Friday. It’ll take at least a couple months to switch everything at Centrue locations over to…read more »

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V.A. looking to expand service for those far from hospitals

More relief could be coming to veterans who live far away from Veterans Administration hospitals and who have to wait for medical care. Hines V.A. Hospital Public Affairs Officer Rick Fox says not all veterans in places like LaSalle County get to choose another hospital when they’re told there’s a waiting list. Currently, there’s a…read more »

Ambulance parked in a house

Oglesby Man Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run

An Oglesby man is charged in a felony hit-and-run that resulted in the death of 22-year-old Wyatt K.L Wyatt, of Spring Valley, south of Peru on Sunday. The crash occurred sometime Sunday evening. Wyatt’s body was found on Peru Bottom Road. 39-year-old Luke T. Dobrich, of Oglesby, is charged with leaving the scene of a…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.

Jacob Steinberg

Jacob Steinberg

Jacob Steinberg is a News Reporter for WCMY.

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