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Ottawa chooses Ameren’s residential electric rates this year

After Ottawa City Hall shopped around for residential electric rates this year, it decided to stick with Ameren. Since voters approved an electric aggregation or bulk-buying electric rate program eight years ago, the city has sought bids from third party providers. Commissioner Wayne Eichelkraut says the best deal this year is from Ameren. A letter…read more »

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State publishes corona case count by zip code with map

A new map that shows confirmed corona virus cases by zip code shows it’s more likely to have been confirmed in your community if it’s closer to the edge of LaSalle County than in the middle. That doesn’t mean the virus isn’t circulating everywhere though. The Illinois Department of Public Health is showing when a…read more »

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Some base sewer rates in Marseilles dropping

The Marseilles City Council is lowering the base rate for people who use the city’s sewer system, but not city water. Mayor Jim Hollenbeck says the rate is dropping from $100 to $75. Hollenbeck thought the $100 figure was too much. The city council voted on it last week. It’s part of updating the city’s…read more »


County’s corona virus case count reaches 13

Two men in their 40s are the latest cases of the corona virus confirmed in LaSalle County. The LaSalle County Health Department says both men are in isolation. They bring the county’s total confirmed case count to 13. The department says it’s working to identify people who were in contact with the men. Also announced…read more »

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Big demand for for internet service for homebound students

With so many children learning at home these days, internet companies are getting a lot of requests for high-speed service installations. Mediacom offers something for those who otherwise might not be able to afford it. Spokeswoman Phyllis Peters says the Connect-2-Compete service is meant for people who have a child in school who qualifies for…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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