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Forty-six year old Mason Shannon of Iowa still faces an involuntary manslaughter charge in the 2017 death of 32-year old Michael Castelli. Shannon’s accused of putting the Ottawa man in a chokehold far beyond what was necessary to defend himself in a struggle northeast of Ottawa. Since Judge H. Chris Ryan found Shannon guilty in…read more »
For supporters of the new Illinois criminal justice reform law, ending cash bail for most crimes is about not keeping people in jail more for being poor than for being accused. County governments across the state are looking at it as a revenue reducer. Counties keep 10% of bail money in nearly all cases, even…read more »
Illinois Valley Community College is affected at its Oglesby campus by the widespread power outage today. But the COVID-19 second dose vaccine clinic is still going on. The LaSalle County Health Department says people with appointments today should still go. But everyone should expect delays as the nurses do their work without the benefit of…read more »
UPDATE: Electricity is on again. Ameren and Corn Belt outage maps show no more outages, as of about 3:55pm, in the areas that were affected by an outage this afternoon. Oglesby City Commissioner Jason Curran says the problem was in a transformer that feeds the distribution system. Then the company had to troubleshoot switching gear…read more »
The LaSalle County courts will test a video link with the county jail. Inmates who can have their court hearings over the video link can stay at the jail without being taken into the courtroom. In some cases, that means a lot less work for the corrections officers who would escort them through passages from…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.