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IVCC President says college is serving nearly half of students in district high schools

Illinois Valley Community College President Jerry Corcoran says IVCC is working to reverse the trend of people leaving Illinois, presumably for greener pastures in other states. He says access to good education is an incentive to stay in the state and that IVCC is reaching area high school students with that message. Corcoran also says…read more »


Senators Rezin and Bivins cosponsor nursing legislation

State Senators Sue Rezin and Tim Bivins are cosponsoring a bill that would allow community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees in nursing. The 38th District Senator says that she often hears of local hospitals being in need of more nurses. Rezin hopes the bill will allow people who can’t afford a four-year university to go…read more »

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Streator bridge to named after Vietnam Veteran

Streator State Rep. Jerry Long is saying that it’s only fitting that the Route 23 Bridge over the Vermillion River in south Streator be named after Vietnam veteran Michael W. Ragusa. A resolution naming the bridge the “Vietnam Veteran Michael W. Ragusa Memorial Bridge” was passed by the Illinois House last week. Rep. Long proposed…read more »


Goodwill Northern Illinois selects next president

The Goodwill stores that operate in Illinois north of Interstate 80 will be under a new Goodwill Northern Illinois president on May 6. Sam Schmitz has had the job for a decade and is retiring. Benjamin Bernsten has been promoted from Director of Retail and General Counsel. He’s been with Goodwill since 2012.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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