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Ottawa’s Festival of Lights is cancelled—another COVID-19 casualty. The city’s Special Events Committee decided the best decision was not to have it because of the social distancing rules. The event draws a big crowd along downtown LaSalle St. and in Washington Park where the lights come on. A city announcement says holiday displays will be…read more »
Barges will move freely again soon on the Illinois River. The last locks and dams closed for improvements are open again. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Peoria and LaGrange locks reopened during the last month. The Dresden, Marseilles, and Starved Rock locks reopened this week. They’d been closed since July.read more »
The Ottawa City Council announced this week a speaker system that will allow for music to be played throughout downtown will be in place before Thanksgiving. Mayor Dan Aussem says the goal is to have both wireless internet for an area stretching from Lafayette Street to the Jordan block and the speaker system in place…read more »
A bridge being constructed at E. 12th Rd. and Interstate 80 five miles west of Ottawa will cause overnight closures on Interstate 80. The Illinois Department of Transportation will detour traffic to Illinois 178, U.S. 6, and Illinois 23. The Interstate highway’s eastbound lanes between Ottawa and Utica will be closed from 9pm Monday, November…read more »
Two elderly women were added to the LaSalle County coronavirus fatality count Thursday. The county’s health department says the women were in their 80s and 90s. They bring the total to 68. As of Thursday, the county had 2,577 coronavirus cases so far with 30 added Thursday. And there have been 1,859 recoveries with 61…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.