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Emily Boyer

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Emily Boyer is the Morning Edition host for Tri States Public Radio. She can be heard on-air from 6 to 9 weekdays.

A Florida native, Emily now enjoys calling Illinois home. Emily has a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from Eastern Kentucky University. While a student at Eastern, Emily began her radio broadcasting career as a reporter and host of the Weekend Edition on WEKU.FM. She also worked at public radio stations KUNC, in Greeley, CO, and Iowa Public Radio.

Emily discovered her love for news and broadcasting in elementary school while serving as the sports reporter for Eagle Eye TV News. During her free afternoons, Emily enjoys naps, golfing and eating dinner around 4:00pm.

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Some Western Illinois University employees were required to take unpaid days off in Fiscal Year 2016, and they will have to take more in the new fiscal year as the school tries to cope with a drastic decrease in state aid.

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Just a few weeks remain in the fiscal year and Western Illinois University is preparing to wrap up the books without much financial support from the state.

The university received only about 30% of its regular state appropriations. When that round of funding was announced in April, there was hope more money would soon follow.  But, Illinois lawmakers wrapped up the spring legislative session without passing a state spending plan for this year or next.

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Western Illinois University’s administration wants to eliminate four academic majors due to declining student enrollment. Those majors are African American Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Women’s Studies.

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.

Emily Boyer

Members of the University Professionals of Illinois chapter at Western Illinois University voted overwhelmingly to defer 3% of their compensation for the next two years. They also agreed to pass up a negotiated 1% salary increase.

Rich Egger

Illinois lawmakers have passed bipartisan legislation to allocate $600-million to higher education. Governor Bruce Rauner is expected to sign the measure.

Under the deal, Western Illinois University would receive about $15-million worth of state appropriations and another $5-million in reimbursements for covering MAP grant funding for low-income students this school year.

About a half dozen McDonough County residents were not allowed to vote in the Illinois primary in March. McDonough County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes blamed the mistake on human error.

John Curtis for State Representative

John Curtis of Macomb, who's running as a Democrat for state representative, said it’s a critical error to underfund higher education.

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A malfunction at the Macomb wastewater treatment plant led to a spill that might affect some homes with private water wells.

Rich Egger

State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) said securing funding for higher educations is her biggest legislative priority right now. She applauds the state’s community colleges and four-year universities for standing behind MAP grants for students this year, and added that she doesn’t want the schools to struggle to get through the summer and fall.

Rich Egger

Macomb aldermen unanimously supported Mayor Mike Inman's appointment of Gayle Carper to fill the vacant city council seat in the Fifth Ward.  The seat became available when Clay Hinderliter resigned because he moved out of the city.

Darin Lahood's Campaign for Congress

Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) has been in office a bit more than six months.  LaHood represents the 18th District, has not missed a vote yet, and said he comes home every weekend.

Around the region, voter turnout ranged from 37%-41% in the primary this week.

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A routine inspection by the state, last fall, found Macomb’s Glenwood Pool had some structural problems and did not meet state standards. The issues identified center around the pool’s circulation and filtration systems as well as its drainage system.

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Moody's Investor Services downgraded Western Illinois University's bond rating to BAA3 last fall, and now Moody's has confirmed that rating after a recent review of the school's finances.

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Macomb is flushing out its financial plans for the next fiscal year, which starts May 1. The city appears to be in good shape financially.

The Peace Corps sends Americans to 62 countries for two-year volunteer commitments. The international organization got its start in 1961. Today, there are about 7,000 active Peace Corps volunteers and trainees.

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The mass shooting in San Bernardino, California in December led to a national conversation about workplace safety.  Business owners in Macomb who want to provide training to their employees on how to respond in such a situation can now go through the Macomb Police Department.

Macomb Farmer;s Market Facebook Page

Macomb residents might get more opportunities to buy fresh produce and other local goods this summer. Downtown Development Director Kristin Terry proposed expanding the market from two days to three.

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Macomb Fifth Ward Alderman Clay Hinderliter has spent nearly seven years on the city council. But he is stepping down with a year left in his term because he's moving out of his ward and about five miles west of town.

Rich Egger

People who are fined for city ordinance violations in Macomb will now be able to set up a monthly payment plan and sign up for monthly text messages that will remind them to make a payment either online or through the mail.

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More rain than snow means cities have not dipped too far into their road salt supplies or paid as many overtime hours for workers to run early morning snow plows.

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UPDATE: Ameren Illinois has restored power to many customers in west central Illinois as of 8 a.m. Wednesday. Still about 1,000 residents of Knox County and 500 people in Warren County still do not have power.

Rich Egger

Macomb aldermen are contemplating whether to end the city's relationship with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and instead have the duties handled by City Hall.  It's an issue worth watching because of the economic impact of tourism.

Primary election results show Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood of Peoria easily won the Republican nomination in the race to fill the vacant congressional seat for the 18th district. Democratic party voters chose high school teacher Robert Mellon of Quincy by a wide margin to be their party's nominee. 

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A proposed $3.5 million downtown revitalization project is on hold due to a delay in securing state funding. But Macomb won't wait to make at least one modification to the courthouse square.

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The Macomb Public Library is now double its original size thanks to a two story, 10,000 square foot addition. A large children's library takes up most of the first floor of the addition.

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Western Illinois University is preparing to cut $4 million out of its budget for the fiscal year that begins Wednesday, July 1, despite continued uncertainty in Springfield.

Budget Director Matt Bierman said the university plans save money by reducing operational costs, realigning a department, and through attrition.

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The Macomb Community Development Committee is developing a city-wide inventory of every residential property, looking specifically at their compliance with Macomb’s maintenance code.

Coordinator Shannon Duncan said it should be finished by the end of the year, at which time letters will go out to homeowners who are in violation of the code.

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A fire Friday morning at the future home of a restaurant and billiards parlor in Macomb might delay opening day for the business.

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