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LaSalle County drug and mental health courts get green light from state

LaSalle County’s drug and mental health court programs have been approved by the state. State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly says the two programs focus on treatment and not time in jail. Low-level offenders in the court system can be referred to either program by their lawyers. Donnelly says it’s an intensive program. Donnelly expects to start…read more »


Virus tally in LaSalle County climbs to 17

A man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s bring the LaSalle County corona virus case count to 17. The LaSalle County Health Department says the two are in isolation. The new figure was announced Wednesday afternoon. The state also announced 1,529 confirmed new cases, bringing the Illinois statewide total so far to…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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