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A contract has been awarded for the final work needed to turn part of the Illinois and Michigan Canal in Ottawa into a water recreation area. The City Council this week approved a $354,300 bid from Superior Excavating to run the water line from the Fox River to the half-mile reworked stretch of canal. Work…read more »
COVID-19 is continuing to skyrocket across LaSalle County. The health department announced 52 new COVID-19 cases Thursday for a total of 621. It is the single-highest daily increase in cases so far. The record has been set three times in the past week. Two new deaths were also announced for a total of 24. At…read more »
Natural gas prices in Illinois are as low as they’ve ever been in some people’s lifetimes. Bernie Anderson with Nicor Gas says there’s a lot of gas on the market, but not a lot is being sold. That’s why Nicor’s rate is down to 24¢ per therm this summer. People’s Gas is even less at…read more »
Mendota mayor orders fines for violating COVID-19 combat rules; community leads case count in county
Mendota leads LaSalle County in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and Mayor David Boelk has issued an order to try to slow down the disease’s spread there. He says the number of confirmed cases in the city has multiplied by five in the last four weeks. As of 5:30pm today, businesses that don’t comply…read more »
The next Eagle Scout project at Eagle Park in Marseilles is to be done by Dakota Fernandez of Boy Scout Troop 799. He wants to put a mulch trail, some exercise equipment, and picnic tables in the park in Marseilles. He wants to get started soon. Anyone who may be able to help with funds…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.