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How's The Illinois Economy? For Rauner Administration, Depends On The Audience

Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent much of the past few years bad-mouthing the Illinois economy — saying his agenda would turn things around. But not everyone in his administration is sounding the alarm.

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Keokuk, IA – Lee County will sell six properties in Keokuk and Fort Madison. A public auction will be June 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk. The county acquired the six lots because property taxes were not being paid on them. The last time the county held an auction like this was in 2003. The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing June 7 in preparation for the auction.

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk is hosting the 18th annual Battle of Pea Ridge Civil War Re-enactment this weekend. The battles are scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Other events include a dessert social, a medical camp demonstration, the Military Ball, breakfst with the troops and the re-dedication of the civil war memorial in Hamilton. The campsites will open to the public Saturday morning at 8.

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk is hosting the 18th annual Battle of Pea Ridge Civil War Re-enactment this weekend. The battles are scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Other events include a dessert social, a medical camp demonstration, the Military Ball, breakfst with the troops and the re-dedication of the civil war memorial in Hamilton. The campsites will open to the public Saturday morning at 8.

Macomb, IL – McDonough County Board Chairman Bob Harwick says more than $120,000 from the county's economic development fund went toward helping lure the Pella Corporation plant to Macomb. He says it's now time to rebuild the money with the county's $36,000 yearly in tax money that's devoted to economic development. Harwick says even more of the county money went toward purchase and remodeling of the former Porcelain Products plant that's now the Business and Technology Center for the region.

Macomb, IL – The next step has been taken to build a new factory in Macomb. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday morning for the Pella Corporation plant. The factory will be built on Macomb's far east side, near the future location of the Route 336 bypass. A number of Pella representatives were on hand for the ceremony. They were joined by local leaders. Pella says the plant will begin production early next year. The company says the facility will initially employ about 250 people. Eventually up to 500 people could work there.

Macomb, IL – Those in favor of moving property from the Industry School District to the Macomb district made their case to the Regional Board of School Trustees this week. But because the hearing went on so long, it was continued until May 4, when opponents will argue their side of the issue. Supporters say Macomb is their "Community of Interest." They also believe opportunities for their children are better there. Opponents of the detachment will include the Industry and Schuyler County school districts, who believe they can't afford the loss of assessed value or students.

Macomb, IL – The Creative Elder Options committee of the Macomb Area AARP will host its third "Adding More Home to the Nursing Home Experience" seminar next week. One of the presenters will be Eric Haider, who's gained national recognition for his efforts to improve the nursing home experience. The luncheon speaker will be Kathy Kopsack, who is a regional long-term care ombudsman with Alternatives for Older Adults. Kopsack was the first administrator for The Elms when it moved to Macomb. More about the seminar can be heard on "Emphasis" at noon Thursday on Tri States Public Radio.

Keokuk, IA – The candlelight vigil was organized by the Tri-State Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse. It was held in observance of Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. Coalition Director Sue Prochazka hopes the vigil raised awareness. Several of the speakers said more funding is needed for service providers. They would also like to see tougher laws to protect the victims of sexual abuse. This is the seventh year the coalition has held such a vigil. Prochazka says her group will continue to speak to schools and agencies throughout the remainder of the month.

West Burlington, IA – The proposal to revive the Grow Iowa Values Fund has been referred to a House committee for more work. This is the fourth time it's been sent to committee, and the full House has yet to take a vote on it. During a stop in West Burlington, Iowa Economic Development Director Mike Blouin said the program is needed. Blouin said before the previous program was ruled unconstitutional by the Iowa Supreme Court, it led to the creation or expansion of more than 200 companies and generated more than $2.5 billion in capital investment.

Macomb, IL – Macomb hopes to wheel and deal with a new riverboat casino on the Lamoine River. blah blah blah Happy April Fool's Day!

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Tellico, 7:00pm November 11, Burlington Capitol Theater

Firmly planted in Asheville NC's thriving roots music scene, Tellico is well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic "Appalachiacana" sound, combining some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond. Anya Hinkle and Stig Stiglets' committed, authentic vocals are alloyed with Aaron Ballance's flowing and soaring dobro and Jed Willis' textured and expressive mandolin, rooted in the mountain music they grew up with while pushing...

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When Sarah Scantling went into labor this summer, she had to drive 30 miles and across state lines.  Three years earlier, the only maternity ward where she lives in Pemiscot County, Missouri closed down. Scantling had to choose between a handful of other hospitals in the region between 20 and 70 miles away.

Frank Morris for Harvest Public Media

If you pull a fire alarm in any large U.S. city, it's likely that paid firefighters waiting at a nearby station will quickly respond. But seven out of ten American firefighters are volunteers. They cover vast sections of the country, making up an aging network that is increasingly understaffed and overworked.

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Tammy Wilson loved the outdoors and was happy to spend her days working at Meramec State Park in the central part of Missouri.  Her family often stopped by to see her, most recently at the end of May.

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Imagine going to the grocery store for dinner, not to pick up a rotisserie chicken to take home but to actually eat at the store. As online grocery shopping grows, many supermarkets are adding sit-down restaurants --  and the trend is changing how food retail and food service work together.

Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media

During the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, spectators will turn their eyes upward to see the moon pass in front of the sun. But many Midwest scientists will turn their eyes and cameras to the plants and animals here on the ground. And they're not sure what will happen.

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Tri States Public Radio introduces you to the people, the places, the rich history, and the ongoing struggles that make the Forgottonia region remarkable.