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Would Consumers be Safer with One Agency in Charge of Food Safety?

Walking through the warehouse of food processor Heartland Gourmet in Lincoln, Neb., shows how complicated the food safety system can be. Pallets are stacked with sacks of potato flour and the smell of fresh baked apple-cinnamon muffins is in the air.
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T.J. Carson

The head of the Midwest-U.S. China Association doesn’t want to see America's cornbelt fall behind in a changing global economy.  Bob Holden, who served as governor of Missouri from 2001 to 2005, spoke at Monmouth College as part of its "Midwest Matters" initiative.

There's a reason analysts say Illinois has the nation's lowest credit rating. It has the nation's largest unfunded pension liability. A 2013 law that’s facing a challenge before the Illinois Supreme Court is intended to help.

Illinois is facing a budget hole in the billions, thanks to a rollback of the income tax. If the high court tosses out the pension law, there'll be more fiscal pressure.

Analysts like Moody's Ted Hampton say the rating won't likely drop further, even if the justices toss the law because the rating already presumes the law cannot be implemented.

The Illinois House on Tuesday voted to patch a 1.6-billion-dollar hole in the current state budget.

  The budget was supposed to get Illinois through June, but already the state's running out of money for things like court reporters and prison guards. That’s in part because Democrats passed an incomplete budget last year — not wanting to raise taxes or cut spending.

Now Democrats and Republicans — including Gov. Bruce Rauner — say they’ve found a solution. But it continues to mostly avoid that difficult choice.

The Burlington Police Department has released a small piece of video from the body camera of a police officer who shot and killed a woman in January.

T.J. Carson

A new regional director for the Veterans Administration visited the clinic in Galesburg for the first time since being hired for the job in January.  Judith Johnson-Mekota will oversee the region that includes western Illinois and eastern Iowa.

In an article for the RTDNA, former TV news director Forrest Carr refers to this as “The Age of Shoddy” in journalism.  He wrote that instead of fact checking, New Media advocates think it is okay to report rumors and then check for veracity.

Darin Lahood's Campaign for Congress

Aaron Schock's soon to be vacant congressional seat is attracting the attention of some Illinois politicians.  The Republican is resigning following public scrutiny into his office's spending and use of taxpayer money. He plans to leave office next week.

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Lee County Conservation Director Tom Buckley said it's hard to believe what's going on right outside his office window.

"To see the actual groundwork started and to know that there is a completion date within a few months... is really inspiring," said Buckley.

Rich Egger

The 14th edition of the booklet includes new listings about a Parkinson’s disease support group at The Elms and about services offered by the VFW. As in the past, it also provides information about home health care, transportation services, medical equipment, support services, and more.

T.J. Carson

The next superintendent of the Galesburg School District considers the district a “diamond in the rough.” Ralph Grimm, the current superintendent of the West Central School District in Henderson County, will replace the retiring Bart Arthur on July 1.

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The Dakota Access Pipeline: A Closer Look

Tri States Public Radio is taking a closer look at the Dakota Access Pipeline Project and how it will impact local communities, economies, and the environment.

Ag Sense Converstion Series

TSPR's Ag Sense series invites you to join us at the table for conversations about food, the people who grow it, and the land it comes from.

January 2015 Survey Results

This past January we encouraged our listeners to take a short online survey. We have taken those results and put together a short presentation of the findings.

TSPR Listening Sessions

We Will Listen... To You

This spring, Tri States Public Radio is hosting a series of community listening sessions. This is YOUR opportunity to share your thoughts with us. Summaries of each session will be available here.

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Adam and Chris Carroll- 7:00pm, April 4, 2015 Vallillo/Holtz Performance Studio

A Texas Songwriter born and raised, Adam Carroll takes the events of ordinary lives and turns them into deeply moving, often humorous songs. With seven Indie CDs supporting regular tours across the USA, Canada and Europe as “one of the hippest songwriters on the Texas music landscape”, this engaging Americana guitar-picker has earned further critical acclaim with song placements in the Grammy nominated film, Country Strong and others. Given a rare command of the English language and an...
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