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Streator police and fire departments warn of surge in overdoses

Streator’s police and fire departments say there’s been a surge in the number of drug overdoses lately. They’re asking everyone to check on their friends and relatives who have opioid addiction. Many people take opioid as prescribed pain relievers. Others take them as recreational drugs to mellow out. An overdose may look like the person…read more »

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“Hot Rod Hoagie” takes title for fastest edible car

(Ben Ross poses with “Hot Rod Hoagie”) The Illinois Valley Community College Cafeteria was packed Wednesday for the 13th Edible Car Contest. IVCC students majoring in engineering and education, plus racers from five local high schools, designed completely edible cars and put them to test with time trials. Computer-Aided Design professor Dorene Data says the…read more »

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Naplate and Ottawa mark one year since the tornado

Long Term Relief Fund Chairperson Alexis Ferracuti says a recovery the experts said would take three or four years is on track to take just a year-and-a-half. So far, she has helped oversee $291,000 in spending from $301,000 in donations for Naplate-Ottawa tornado relief. Ferracuti estimates it’ll take another $25,000 to finish recovery spending in…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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