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Ladd students to do Earth Day project in Matthiessen State Park

Students from Ladd Grade School will plant trees and pollinator gardens at Matthiessen State Park Thursday morning. They may also pull out invasive plants. It’s for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Earth Day in the Parks event. Students from several schools across the state, Boy Scout troops, and University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners…read more »

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Illinois prisoners can meet with visitors again soon

People who’ve been waiting to visit their loved ones in Illinois prisons will get to starting next week. The Illinois Department of Corrections halted visits in March last year to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. When visits resume, visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Starting next Monday, visitors can go to the Dixon…read more »


Budget in the black for Peru

The budget for the next fiscal year in Peru predicts $55.5 million in expenses and $55.8 million in revenue. Finance Director Justin Miller says about $9.2 million is for infrastructure projects like streets and water lines. $2 million will go into the police and fire pension fund. $17.1 million will be for buying electricity that…read more »

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Former Ald. Potthoff honored at Peru City Council

Honors were given at last night’s Peru City Council meeting for someone who hasn’t been on the council for two years. Dave Potthoff’s election loss two years ago ended 28 years as an alderman. He says he always focused on financial stability and economic development. Also honored, Tony Ferrari is leaving the council after 20…read more »

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IVCC offers online summer classes

Illinois Valley Community College is now offering enrollment in online summer classes. Some of the classes include subjects like business, creative writing, pre-calculus, and chemistry. Director of Admissions Quintin Overocker says that these classes are more than just for catching up. He says that the credits taken in these online classes are transferable to a…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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