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County Board Honors Julie Jackson

A LaSalle County employee of 18 years is retiring. The County Board honored Julie Jackson on Thursday for her service as Director of School Services. The board resolution praised Jackson for work with the Vision Care Program, food allergy training for school nurses, and CPR/AED training for school staff in general. She started with the…read more »

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Ottawa Fire Department Makes Personnel Changes

The Ottawa Fire Department announced three personnel changes Friday. Lieutenant Gregg Olson retired last month after 20 years of service with the department. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2011. With Lieutenant Olson’s retirement, Brian Bressner was promoted to Lieutenant. The department also hired Jacob Bulthuis as a firefighter. He starts next week and will…read more »


County Board Enters Streator TIF Agreement

After some heated discussion, the LaSalle County Board voted to enter into a tax increment finance agreement (TIF) with the City of Streator, and other taxing bodies, Thursday. As part of the deal, the county still gets 51-percent of the property tax increases in the TIF unless Streator’s City Council enters a “development agreement” for…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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