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Unemployment rising locally, but it’s still low

Unemployment numbers worked out to about one in 18 people who wanted jobs not having them in this area last month. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says 5.4% of people in LaSalle, Bureau, and Putnam counties were counted as unemployed in June. In LaSalle County alone, the number was 5.6%. Those numbers compare to…read more »


Toluca Man Killed in Accident near Lostant

24-year-old Nathan D. Andrew, of Toluca, was killed in a single-vehicle crash northwest of Lostant Wednesday night. Andrew was ejected from the vehicle as a result of the crash near 1578 E 3rd Road in Hope Township. He was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other passengers in the vehicle. The crash is…read more »


Riverfest Kicks off Next Week

Riverfest kicks off next week in downtown Ottawa. It runs August 3-6 and features a carnival, live music, and local foods. Ottawa Visitors Center Executive Director Kurt Bedei says that people are always excited to hear who’s performing. Music is back, by popular demand, on Sunday. Admission is free that day and local acts will…read more »

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Ottawa Holding Webinar on Downtown “Resurgence”

The City of Ottawa is holding a webinar on downtown development Thursday morning at 8:30 at City Hall. The presentation is by Roger Brooks, the destination consultant who advised Ottawa in its downtown beautification efforts several years ago. It will focus on continuing to revitalize the downtown area in order to support the many restaurants…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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