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Chief White Winnebago (Jerry Savage) talks to a crowd in front of Starved Rock Lodge.

Chief White Winnebago blesses new Starved Rock Lodge trolley

The new Starved Rock Lodge trolley is named Chief. Ho-Chunk Nation Chief Jerry Savage, also known as White Winnebago, says Native American chiefs don’t necessarily make all the decisions. He says their responsibility is to take care of their people. Savage blessed the trolley so it can take care of its passengers. And he told…read more »

Jerry Long Ill. General Assembly picture

St. Rep. Long says General Assembly is wasting time

St. Rep. Jerry Long says the General Assembly is just wasting time in the special session. The Streator Republican says the House met for half an hour Wednesday and just eight minutes Thursday. Long says schools may not open on time if there’s no funding bill in place soon. Senate Democrats say they’ll send their…read more »


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 »

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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