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Mendota Woman Killed in Two-Vehicle Collision

69-year-old Leslie K. Stewart, or Mendota, was killed in a two-vehicle crash north of Peru on Illinois 251 and North 33rd Road Monday morning. A truck heading westbound on N. 33rd failed to stop at 251 and Stewart’s southbound car, killing her. The driver of the truck suffered non-life threatening injuries and was ticketed for…read more »


Sheridan Woman Killed in Crash

80-year-old Ethel R. Prussia, of Sheridan, was killed in a crash west of Somonauk Friday. She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her 92-year-old husband Wilmer R. Prussia. They were northbound on E. 2750 Road when the car left the road and hit a tree. LaSalle County authorities are still investigating the crash.read more »

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Streator Man Killed in Crash

A rural Streator man was killed in a one-vehicle crash on E. 15th Road, northwest of Streator Sunday. A vehicle driven by 72-year-old John R. Negray left the roadway and crashed into a ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is still under investigation.read more »


Four Arrested in Connection With Brawl at JJ’s Pub

(PICTURED L-R Eric Cronin, Christopher Tondini, Robert Thoman) Four were arrested in connection with a brawl between rival motorcycle clubs Sunday night at JJ’s Pub in downtown Ottawa. Police were called to JJ’s to disperse the 50-75 people involved. 45-year-old Craig Varner, Chicago was arrested for a municipal code violation of expired registration. 39-year-old Christopher…read more »


Last days on the job for retiring library director

Ottawa’s Reddick Library is promoting from within. When Director Kathy Clair retires at the end of this month, Assistant Director Molly Debernardi will move up into her place. Board President Neil Reinhardt says this has been part of a long term vision. Clair has been the director for eight years. Reinhardt says she has maintained…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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