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No special prosecutor announced yet in case against former prosecutor

Neither the circuit court judge nor the appellate court have given any answers yet as to who will prosecute the case against former LaSalle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne. Judge Clark Erickson removed current State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly because of possible bias. He began looking for a special prosecutor two months ago while Donnelly began…read more »

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5k run to benefit Serena High School student

The organizers of an annual fundraiser in the Sheridan area are getting ready for a 5k run on March 18. Judy Hinterlong with Shakin’ Our Shamrocks says this year’s benefit is for Serena High School senior Hailey Lucas who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last month. Other cancer spots were also found in her body.…read more »


Cong. Kinzinger says Democrats should support funding children’s health insurance for six years

The U.S. House passed another continuing resolution yesterday. This one would keep the federal government funded for four more weeks and fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. But it got little Democratic support in the Republican controlled House. Cong. Adam Kinzinger says nobody knows what will happen in the Senate today where…read more »

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Marseilles Recreation Board forming new non-profit group

The Marseilles Recreation Board is forming a new group called the Marseilles Athletics Club. Rec. Board Vice President Nate Schafer made the announcement early this week at Marseilles City Council. A non-profit group can do more with corporate sponsors than a government run board. Schafer says the club will work closely with the Rec board…read more »


Contractor must wait for tornado rebuilding payment

LaSalle County Board members were in closed session for an hour Thursday afternoon talking about whether to pay a contractor doing tornado repair and recovery work now or just have an insurance company handle it later. A vote of 15 to 12 afterward fell short of the supermajority needed to create a special fund and…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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