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IV PADS getting by without Lily Pads sales

The Lily Pads resale shops that support the Illinois Valley PADS homeless shelters are closed until the stay-at-home restrictions are gone. To save operational costs, the PADS shelter in Ottawa isn’t housing any residents. They’ve all been moved to Peru. Executive Director Carol Alcorn says donations of money and supplies are still welcome at either…read more »


Grand Ridge water tower project generated voter turnout boost

Grand Ridge voters were very interested in the water tower referendum they approved. The LaSalle County election canvass published on Tuesday shows 40% of Farm Ridge Township’s 595 registered voters cast ballots in the election. Not all of the township’s residents live in the village, so voter turnout for Grand Ridge could actually be higher.…read more »

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Peru mayor asking stores to follow new guidelines

Peru Mayor Scott Harl is asking stores, and other businesses, to follow new guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Among the guidelines are only allowing one person per cart at stores, banning those under age 16, and providing signage encouraging social distancing. Stores are also asked to mark six foot spaces at checkout lanes…read more »


IVCC students get extra time to withdraw from classes

Students who want to withdraw from 16-week classes at Illinois Valley Community College have a little longer to do it. The college has moved the deadline from Tuesday next week to Wednesday, April 22. The college’s vice president for student services, Mark Grzybowski, says the change is to give students more time and flexibility during…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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