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Ottawa Festival of Lights cancelled

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 »

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I-80 overnight closures coming for bridge work

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 »

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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