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St. Rep. Demmer says legislature should focus on pandemic relief

St. Rep. Tom Demmer of Dixon says the new state legislature needs to work on pandemic relief. As for the new House Speaker, Demmer says he looks forward to working with people on the other side of the aisle to improve government transparency and make sure people’s voices are heard. Demmer is a Dixon Republican.…read more »


St. Rep. Welter on priorities: pandemic relief, finances

Morris Republican St. Rep. David Welter has priorities he hopes the General Assembly focuses on in the new session. He says the state needs pandemic relief. And he says the financial problems aren’t going away. The Illinois House selected a new speaker Wednesday. Emanuel Chris Welch, a Democrat, says he wants to work with the…read more »

Todd Martin

New state’s attorney organizing office differently

LaSalle County State’s Attorney Todd Martin is organizing his department a little differently than past prosecutors. Instead of one first assistant, he has two deputy chiefs. One’s in charge of violent crimes and the other is handling drug cases. Martin asked the county board yesterday to restore a salary line for one of the prosecutors.…read more »

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Coronavirus fatality count reaches 248 in county

A man in his 90’s is the 248th person from LaSalle County to succumb to the coronavirus, according to the county health department. He was the only person added to the county’s tally Thursday. Just a few weeks ago, the number of coronavirus deaths being counted every day routinely numbered four or more. For most…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.

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