Jeff Koch

Jeff is a mortgage lender and graduate of the World Journalism Institute's mid-career course. He lives with his wife and their eight children in the Chicago area.

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Shutdown stymies mortgage loans

Government
by Jeff Koch
Posted 10/03/13, 05:48 pm

When Evan Geiselhart heard about the possibility of a government shutdown, his first reaction was to “roll my eyes and say ‘Here we go again.’” As president of Illinois-based HomeTrust Mortgage Corporation, Geiselhart warily awaited the fallout, which didn’t take long.

“Just today we are having to tell someone we can’t close a loan until the government is back up,” he said. 

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Former Kansas lead singer tells pro-life tale

Music
by Jeff Koch
Posted 9/27/13, 02:45 pm

John Elefante, the former lead singer of the rock group Kansas, uses his newest album On My Way To The Sun to urge believers to take a bold stand for biblical truth and not cower to culture.

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Blues septuagenarian blows fiery new album

Music
by Jeff Koch
Posted 9/20/13, 03:15 pm

After a career spanning the better part of seven decades, fans might have expected blues harmonica player James Cotton to take it easy on his new album Cotton Mouth Man.

Instead, the Grammy winner and cancer survivor comes roaring out of the gate like a thoroughbred on fire.  

The heart of the album is its autobiographical character—several songs trace the path of the 78-year-old’s extraordinary journey from plucking cotton in the fields of Mississippi to playing Carnegie Hall.  

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