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Contracts approved for LaSalle County Sheriff’s employees

It’s taken two-and-a-half years past the last contracts’ expirations, but two unions representing LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department employees have worked out new ones with the County Board. County Board Salary and Labor Committee member Brian Dose says some of the delay was on the county because the county’s attorney wasn’t available for some recent board…read more »


Vacancies to fill on Zoning Board of Appeals

LaSalle County Board Chairman Jerry Hicks needs at least three people he can name to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Two people who were alternates moved into regular zoning board positions with the County Board’s approval yesterday. That leaves one regular and two alternate positions to fill on the zoning board. Two of the three…read more »


Ottawa Police Chief praises Telecommunicators

(Left to right – Lead Telecommunicator Stacy Fuentes, Telecommunicator Chandler Koepke, and Leads Coordinator Grant Stock) It’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Ottawa Police Chief Brent Roalson says that the people who pick up the phone when someone dials 9-1-1 are the first line of defense for the public and officers. He says not only…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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