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The Winners of Western Illinois Primaries - March 2018

State Representative Norine Hammond of Macomb turned back a challenge in the Republican primary, and the number two in command at the McDonough County Sheriff's Department will get a chance to run the office.

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In an opinion piece on the political website The Hill, Dan Shelley, executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), writes about the Journalist Protection Act, which would make it a federal crime to assault journalists.  Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) introduced the legislation.

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A couple hundred Burlington High School students staged a walkout.  They did so as part of an effort to raise awareness about the need to improve school safety and to put an end to the deadly school shootings that continue to plague the nation.

Rich Egger

A petition with signatures from about 24% of the Western Illinois University faculty has been submitted to the WIU Faculty Senate. It asks for a no confidence vote in the university's administration.

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Bryan Baca, a candidate for McDonough County Sheriff, said a bankruptcy from 15 years ago taught him a lot about how to handle money and be a fiscal conservative.


State representatives in Illinois passed several gun control measures this week, a couple of them with bipartisan support. The move comes as a national debate is unfolding following the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

University of Illinois Graduate Workers Strike

Mar 2, 2018
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Graduate student employees on the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus are entering their fifth day of a week-long strike. Yesterday, academic colleges across the U of I campus reported 173 workers were on strike, forcing 139 classes to be canceled.

The city of Fort Madison is acknowledging that it took disciplinary action against some members of its police department. But what exactly led to the disciplinary action remains unanswered.

Hundreds of people descended on the statehouse Wednesday to urge legislators pass stricter gun regulations. Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense has chapters across the country; it was founded in 2012 as a response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.

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Justin Lundgren, a detective with the McDonough County Sheriff's Department, is involved in what he calls an "estate battle."  

Rich Egger

Last week various media sources reported on the lawsuit filed against the Macomb School District on behalf of two female students who allege they were sexually harassed, assaulted and raped at Macomb High School and that Macomb School District Administration did nothing to make the girls feel safe or have their concerns heard. This became so problematic that they both left Macomb High School, and one eventually the town and district, to remove themselves from their perpetrator.


Celebration Concerts

Gurf Morlix, 7:00pm April 7, 2018 - Vallillo/Holtz Performance Studio

This Gurf Morlix fellow - Buffalo born, Texas bred - has provided us with countless indelible musical moments in the last 40-plus years: his exemplary guitar and production work with Lucinda Williams: his instrumental accompaniment to artists ranging from Blaze Foley to Warren Zevon; his production of watermark albums for artists such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and Mary Gauthier - and, since 2000, a sears of eight solo records. Tickets may be ordered online here , or call 800-895...

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2018 Spring Silent Drive

Pub Stops are Back!

Elections - SE Iowa Schools - April 3, 2018

Central Lee, Fort Madison Schools Seek Voter Approval for Bond Issues

Central Lee is asking to borrow $9.8-million to fund a list of facility improvements and additions. Fort Madison says it needs $30-million to build a new elementary school and athletics fields.

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As agriculture intensified in the 20th century, summers in the Midwest became wetter and cooler.  An MIT study published this month looked at whether vegetation from crop production, rather than greenhouse gas emissions that are an established source of climate changes, could have driven these regional impacts.

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A new, widely debated federal mandate requires truckers to electronically track the number of hours they're on the road — a rule that is meant to make highways safer. But there is a big difference between hauling a load of TVs and a load of cattle destined for meatpacking plants.


Lawsuits filed in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas against the makers of the herbicide dicamba will be centralized in the federal court in St. Louis.

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In the coming months, Congress will map out how it will spend upwards of $500 billion on food and farm programs over the next five years.  The massive piece of legislation known as the farm bill affects all taxpayers -- whether they know it or not.

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The federal government wants to revamp hog slaughter inspections, proposing changes that were more than 15 years in the works and are being touted as ways to improve food safety. Critics argue they hand too much responsibility to meatpackers and might put workers' safety at risk.

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