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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The $32 million MDH expansion and renovation project by O'Shea Builders includes a three-story addition that has an emergency room, senior behavioral health unit, and rehabilitation center.

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Spring Lake Park's site supervisor went before the Macomb City Council this week asking for changes to the park's winter offerings. Ryan Hansen of Spring Lake Management took over the property this year from the Macomb Park District.

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Macomb’s War of 1812 memorial in Chandler Park will soon be more accessible. The city council agreed to spend $4,000 to build a sidewalk from N. Randolph St. to the memorial.

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Major improvements are coming to the 65-year old Argyle Lake State Park near Colchester thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Macomb's new downtown development director has been on the job less than two months and is already laying out her plans to strengthen the courthouse square. Andrea Keene sees her role as being an advocate for merchants on the square.

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Construction work is getting underway for a much anticipated public works project in Macomb. Meanwhile, delays in state and federal funding are forcing the city to reorganize some of its other infrastructure plans.

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The Hancock County Board has received notice of potentially illegal activity surrounding recent construction work.  State's Attorney Jason Pohren wrote a letter about the nearly $40,000 worth of electrical and plumbing repairs made to the ambulance barn this year.

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Western Illinois University's Center for Performing Arts might have to do without some amenities as the school aims to reduce the cost of the project.  The single construction bid that came in this spring was over budget. So the state ordered Western to scale back the building plans by about $6 million, which is about 10% of the total cost.  

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Some high school students in Hancock County will spend next school year learning how to start and run a business. About 20 juniors and seniors have been accepted into the first class of the CEO program.

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The only two dry cleaning businesses in Macomb both announced plans to close at the end of the month. But there won't be a loss of dry cleaning services in town because someone else decided to fill the gap.  Eric and Karen Blakeley plan to open Macomb Dry Cleaning on Monday.

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Facility crews are dispatched to the Western Illinois University Union every time it rains.  "Any time that happens we just have extra labor. We go up there and we suck up the water and make sure it doesn't damage anything," said Scott Coker, Director of Facility Management.

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The two dry cleaners in Macomb -- Apollo's and Sweeney's -- will continue to accept clothes through Friday.  But after that, neither will take dry cleaning orders and both shops plan to close at the end of May.  

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Vandals used red spray paint to write racial slurs and a swastika on the side of a home in the 300 block of West Murray Street in Macomb and on the residents’ cars. Update: An arrest has been made.

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Macomb’s commitment to urban forestry has been recognized for the 23rd consecutive year. The Arbor Day Foundation designated the town as Tree City U.S.A.

City Forester Tim Howe said his department works to maintain older trees and plant new ones.

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The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce has a shorter name, redesigned logo, and a new leader. Kathy Waters has taken the reins as President and CEO after Alex Geisler left the job to work at Western Illinois University.  Until recently, the group went by the name Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Corporation. But it's in the process of transitioning downtown development efforts back over to the city.

Rich Egger

Former Macomb Police Officer Bill Kennedy of Blandinsville has been sentenced to 180 days in the McDonough County Jail. He also had to pay about $20,000 in restitution and court fees.

Kennedy, age 35, pleaded guilty to a Class 3 Felony charge of theft under $300.

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