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There was disagreement in the Seneca Township High School auditorium Thursday night at a town hall meeting held by State Rep. David Welter. However, one thing almost everyone in the room agreed with was the need for change in Springfield. Rep. Welter said it’s going to take time. However, with the next fiscal year starting…read more »
Illinois governor candidate Ameya Pawar says the state needs its own New Deal like the national one in the 1930s. Pawar’s New Deal would shift Illinois away from relying so much on property taxes to fund schools, it would create child care for all parents, rebuild infrastructure, and reform the criminal justice system. He says…read more »
One of the tornado relief groups that came to town in March is still working in Ottawa. Tim Sheaffer with Brethren Disaster Ministries has been here since then and expects to leave next month. The volunteer rebuilders he oversees come from all over the country and stay a week at a time. They aren’t necessarily…read more »
Demolition and rebuilding continue in Naplate. Mayor Jim Rick says most of the homes that needed to be torn down because of tornado damage have been. And some rebuilding is underway. He expects the last of the homes to be demolished to come down by the end of this month. Rick says some people are…read more »
The Streator Fire Department responded to 32 calls during Wednesday afternoon’s storm. Winds were gusting at 70 miles per hour along with torrential downpours. There were downed trees, power lines, and utility poles. Fire crews also dealt with power poles that were on fire. 16 fire firefighters were tapped to assist during the storm. No…read more »
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 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.