The fire at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort is in the building where the water park and conference center are. Guests were evacuated at about five this morning when the fire alarm sounded. Fire departments from several communities throughout the area have sent fire trucks. Anyone who doesn’t need to drive on Illinois 178 south…read more »
Centrue Bank shareholders have approved a merger with Midland States Bank. They voted Wednesday. Midland States shareholders are voting Thursday. Centrue Bank branches will be renamed to become Midland States branches if the merger goes ahead. The deal could be complete as soon as this Friday, although it will likely take a few months to…read more »
The Red Cross has been in western LaSalle County for 100 years. Nurse volunteer Kathy Koscielski (koh-SHEL-skee) says there’s been a Red Cross office in the LaSalle-Peru area for a century as of this week. Koscielski says the Red Cross has the same mission as it did then of providing disaster relief and helping collect…read more »
Traffic lights will be installed at the intersection north of Utica. Illinois 178 and U.S. 6 are currently a four-way stop. The usual red-yellow-green traffic lights will be installed by this fall, if the Illinois Department of Transportation’s schedule holds up. An IDOT spokesman says the signals should decrease the chance of congestion from vehicles…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.