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No synthetic marijuana troubles brought to local health department’s attention

There haven’t been any local cases of bleeding attributed to synthetic marijuana that the LaSalle County Health Department is aware of. The department is advising people not to use such products in any case. More than 80 people have had bleeding problems in the Chicago and Peoria areas. Some of the marijuana substitute may contain…read more »

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Lily PADS Too to open on Ottawa’s north side

Illinois Valley PADS is opening a second resale store on the north side of Ottawa in six to eight weeks. Executive Director Carol Alcorn says Lily PADS Too will be located at 411 E. Stevenson Road across from the DMV in Ottawa. Proceeds from the new store in Ottawa and the current store in Peru…read more »


IVCC Strategic Plan available online for public feedback

The Illinois Valley Community College Strategic Plan is available to the public online at ivcc.edu. Vice President of Academic Affairs Deb Anderson says that she’s looking for anyone interested in the college: There’s a box on the website where people can submit anonymous comments that Anderson will be looking at. She says that feedback is…read more »

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Pedaling priests peddling priesthood as a profession

Some priests in the Peoria Catholic Diocese say people think the priesthood is a lonely and boring vocation. Frs. Tom Otto, Michael Pica, and Adam Cesarek want to show school age boys that priests do fun, cool things. They’ll ride their bicycles throughout the diocese the week of April 16. Caitlyn Chrzanowski with OSF Healthcare…read more »

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Commercial Street in Marseilles upgraded

Marseilles has a new truck route after a city council vote Wednesday. City Engineer Mike Etscheid Commercial Street is now designated as a class three truck route. With that money, and about $153,000 more in federal funding, the road will be resurfaced and striped from Spicer Street west to the city limits. Beyond the city…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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