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No Cubs World Series baby boom apparent in LaSalle County

If there really is a Cubs World Series baby boom, it’s not happening in Ottawa. Some Chicago area hospitals report births are up lately—nine months after the Cubs won the World Series. OSF Healthcare says St. Elizabeth in Ottawa hasn’t had any change from the norm. There’s no comparison at St. Paul in Mendota, because…read more »

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St. Rep. Long says General Assembly is wasting time

St. Rep. Jerry Long says the General Assembly is just wasting time in the special session. The Streator Republican says the House met for half an hour Wednesday and just eight minutes Thursday. Long says schools may not open on time if there’s no funding bill in place soon. Senate Democrats say they’ll send their…read more »


Unemployment rising locally, but it’s still low

Unemployment numbers worked out to about one in 18 people who wanted jobs not having them in this area last month. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says 5.4% of people in LaSalle, Bureau, and Putnam counties were counted as unemployed in June. In LaSalle County alone, the number was 5.6%. Those numbers compare 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.

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