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Ottawa man takes eight year sentence for drug dealing

One of two Ottawa men arrested on drug dealing charges in Ottawa in December pled guilty Friday and agreed to an eight year sentence. Thirty-three year old Isaac Mackey told Judge Cynthia Raccuglia he wants to be involved in his four-month old son’s life. She told him to get the help he needs to straighten…read more »

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State suing landfills for not certifying lack of contamination

The owners of two landfills in the Sheridan area are being taken to court for allegedly failing to certify that some of the construction debris they took in wasn’t contaminated. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office has filed the case in LaSalle County against Sheridan-Joliet Land Development and Sheridan Sand and Gravel Company. The lawsuit says…read more »

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European manufacturer looking at LaSalle County

CEO of the North Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation Ivan Baker told the Marseilles City Council Wednesday that a European manufacturing company is looking at a site in LaSalle County to set up shop. He wouldn’t say what company it is, or what it makes. Baker did say that LaSalle County is one of the…read more »


Educators recognized for excellence

Around 170 educators and support staff were honored Thursday at Celebrations 150 in Utica. It’s the Excellence in Education Banquet, meant to show appreciation for educators from schools in LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam Counties. The top award of the night is the Excellence in Education award given to four people nominated by their peers and…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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