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Ottawa vehicle purchases include two new squad cars with a discount

The pandemic provided a windfall to Ottawa when it came to ordering police cars. City Commissioner James Less says another police department cancelled an order. Ottawa is getting two police cars that were already in production. The city’s paying $72,205 for them. That’s about $12,000 less than it would have been normally. In an unrelated…read more »

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ComEd pleads not guilty in alleged influence-peddling scheme

CHICAGO (AP) — Energy utility ComEd has pleaded not guilty to bribery at an arraignment despite previously admitting wrongdoing in an influence-peddling scheme that threatens to ensnare Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. The plea during a Wednesday hearing was largely a formality under a deferred prosecution agreement unsealed last month and doesn’t mean that ComEd…read more »

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Coronavirus cases jump by 44 in LaSalle County

The LaSalle County Health Department reported one additional COVID-19 related death on Wednesday for a total of 22 deaths. Forty-four new cases were also announced by the health department. The county’s total number of cases is at 621. The county also announced eight new recoveries for a total of 274. The State of Illinois reported…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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