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TV recycler coming to Ottawa

A recycler coming to Ottawa in two weeks will take old TV’s. A lot of people find out their trash haulers won’t take them anymore. So they leave them by the curb hoping someone else will. Mayor Bob Eschbach says that’s been a big problem, so he’s glad to find a recycler that will take…read more »

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LaSalle County property tax bills are out

By now, everyone who owns real estate in LaSalle County should have gotten a property tax bill. Treasurer Jim Spelich says 65,000 went out last week. Spelich says $210 million is payable this year. The first installment is July 7 and the second is September 7. Penalties of 1.5% per month start the day after…read more »

Ottawa City Hall limestone coping needs work

A roofing job from ages past is plaguing the Ottawa City Hall building today. City Commissioner James Less says Ottawa Masonry, Inc. will replace the damaged limestone coping that’s falling apart. The building has had other uses before it became City Hall, including service as a post office.read more »

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Contractors hit gas lines at two Ottawa places

People were evacuated from two Ottawa neighborhoods about ten hours apart Wednesday because contractors hit gas lines. The first happened in the 500 block of Adams St. when a machine being used to remove a concrete sidewalk hit a gas line at Chad Burgwald’s home late Wednesday morning. That was outdoors but the odors were…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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