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LaSalle County Board Approves Wind Farm

The LaSalle County Board unanimously approved a special use permit that would allow up to 32 new wind turbines, and the required infrastructure, to be built in Grand Rapids and Brookfield Townships Thursday. Twenty turbines are planned. However, this special use permit for Invenergy, LLC has some additional environmental requirements than past ones. County Board…read more »

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State’s new revenue will raise gasoline prices

The revenue package that goes along with the state budget contains a gasoline tax increase. It’s supposed to add about 5¢ per gallon that will go to the state’s general revenue fund—not a fund for roads and bridges. St. Rep. Jerry Long, who voted against the bill, says he only got 48 hours to look…read more »


OSF Stroke Network marks 20 years in Ottawa

OSF is marking 20 years of its stroke network. Chief Stroke Nurse Coordinator Jan Jahnel says it formed in 1996, before the former Community Hospital of Ottawa became part of the OSF system. But the hospital now known as St. Elizabeth has been part of the OSF Stroke Network all this time. Jahnel says the…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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