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Breanna Descourouez

News Reporter

Breanna graduated from United Township High School in 2013. She attended Black Hawk College for three semesters before she transferred to Western Illinois University. She is a broadcasting student with a focus in news and performance. She works at Tri States Public Radio as a reporter. She is also a reporter and anchor for WIU News3 and she hosts two radio shows on 88.3 The Dog.

Bre enjoys photography, being outside and spending time with friends and family. After graduating from Western, she plans to pursue a career in public radio and work her way to one day hosting her own radio show.

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Macomb area children ages 9-to-14 can learn about science and technology by building robots using Legos.  They do so in the First Lego League Robotics Club put on by Genesis Garden, 4-H, Western Illinois University, and the University of Illinois’ extension office.

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Western Illinois University hosted the art exhibit, "Rain Clearing, Breezy Overnights," in the Annex Building in conjunction with the Department of Art's "First Wednesday" event in February.  The show highlighted Matt Pulford's paintings, photographs, and 3-D pieces.

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Six girls from the Los Angeles Environmental Charter High School spent the month of July at a Nature Conservancy site just outside of Lewistown, Illinois.   The girls helped clean up the Emiquon Preserve while learning everything they could about the great outdoors.

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Sometimes old wells get covered up and forgotten about over the years.  This usually happens near older farm houses, but abandoned wells can also be found in cities, including Macomb. 

Crystal Kepple

Members of the Macomb Camera Club  go on outings and attend events, capturing the beauty of their town and the region with their cameras.  Members include those who are retired and joined to keep busy doing what they love, as well as those just getting started, having recently discovered a love for the craft.

Senate Bill 3096 was recently sent to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature. This bill is meant to improve the response to sexual assault crimes and encourage more victims of sexual assault to come forward. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan supports this legislation.

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The life of 5-year-old Silven Yocum was taken by a methamphetamine addicted man. Now, a decade later, her family joined together with friends and community members to hold an event called, "Silvie's Ride."

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Macomb has been known for its historic downtown square for years. Some new changes have been added to the scenery. 10 sculptures have been installed around downtown Macomb to give the town an updated look. Some of the sculptures even have a bit of a futuristic look to them.

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The small Fulton County community of Lewistown has been dealing with Dickson Mounds Museum being closed to the public since last fall  -- a closure ordered by Governor Bruce Rauner during the on-going state budget impasse. 

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The American Red Cross continues to streamline its operations in western Illinois. The organization is confident, though, that the changes will not take away from the overall mission of helping those in need.

Michael Thompson

A crowd of people gathered at the Lakeview Nature Center in Macomb to create a labyrinth in the prairie grasses to help spread suicide awareness and prevention. 

Everyone involved in the project had a personal connection to suicide as some had lost a loved one while others have struggled with suicide themselves.

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For many years, the Macomb Farmers Market has sold fruit, vegetables, baked goods, and more on Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the courthouse square.  This year it has added Tuesdays to the schedule in June, July, and August. The Tuesday market will be open from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in Chandler Park.

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The McDonough County Health Department has just opened its first milk depot in Macomb -- and it's the first downstate depot to collaborate with The Mothers’ Milk Bank of The Western Great Lakes located in the Chicago suburbs (Elk Grove Village).

Rich Egger

Even though the school year is over at Western Illinois University, the Macomb community is still rallying for higher education funding.  About 50 people -- including Western faculty, staff and a few students -- gathered alongside members of the community for a demonstration that started in Chandler Park.

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Exercise equipment may be designed to keep you healthy, but it actually poses its own potential health risk.

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Argyle Lake State Park in western Illinois joins public universities and social service providers in feeling the pain of the ongoing state budget impasse.

The world’s largest social media site is becoming more accessible to the visually impaired.

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The U.S. Department of Education is commending 13 public and 13 private colleges and universities from across the nation for excelling in their efforts to help students from low-income families attend college and graduate.  Those schools include Western Illinois University and Monmouth College.

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The original Monopoly game, called The Landlords Game, was created by a Macomb native, Elizabeth "Lizzy" Magie.  To honor that connection, Adam Kozlowski, owner of the Kozmic Game Emporium in downtown Macomb, is holding the first "Lizzy Magie Design A Board Game Contest."

The national organization  Project Vote Smart just launched a new online candidate-matching tool called Congressional VoteEasy.