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Hall High School and IVCC to offer duel-credit courses

Hall High School students, in Spring Valley, will soon be able to get some college credits before finishing high school. Beginning in the summer, Illinois Valley Community College and Hall High will start the College Start Program. Academically eligible seniors at Hall can enroll in IVCC classes as part of their high school coursework. The…read more »


IVCC Student Government election results

The Illinois Valley Community College Student Government Association has a new president. Xavier Braboy, of Dalzell, was elected president in the recent sophomore elections. Julia Browning, of Ottawa, was elected Vice President. Joseph Marenda, of Spring Valley, will serve as student trustee, Ricky Martinez, of Mendota, as treasurer, and Lauren Giordano as secretary. Teresa Sajuan,…read more »

Medicine Pills

Attorney makes pitch for lawsuit against opioid makers

The LaSalle County Board is being asked to join a lawsuit against opioid pain reliever makers. Attorney Melissa Sims of Princeton is working with a national law firm on building such a case. She claims the drug makers have known for a long time that they’re selling inordinate amounts of their products and that the…read more »

Stanley Vodden

Stanley Vodden still missing

Authorities in Lauderdale County Tennessee still haven’t been able to find 67-year-old Stanley Vodden, of Mendota. He was on his way back from Destin, Florida in mid-March when he was reported missing. Vodden’s car was later found in floodwaters near Ripley, Tennessee.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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