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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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TSPR'S Emily Boyer

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.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

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.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

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.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

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.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

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.

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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.

TSPR'S Rich Egger

The Illinois Department of Transportation focused on the current and future infrastructure needs of communities, regions, and the state during a stop in Macomb. IDOT Acting Secretary Randy Blankenhorn spoke to a crowd at the Spoon River College Community Outreach Center as part of a 32 city listening session tour across the state.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

The Western Illinois Regional Council met with about 370 children over the past year who were at risk of being abused. WIRC’s Children’s Legal Advocate Mikki Harrison said child abuse and neglect remains a significant problem in this region. She said about 20 of those children had weekly appointments with Regional Council staff.

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Illinois lawmakers and Governor Bruce Rauner have agreed to restore about $97 million that had been cut from K-12 schools for the final few months of the fiscal year.  The cuts resulted from the rollback of the temporary higher income tax rate and a 2.25% across the board reduction to the state's budget. Some school districts in west central Illinois will benefit, but it might not make much difference.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

Western Illinois University plans to close a dormitory because of mounting deferred maintenance costs. The East Village was built in the mid 1960s to house families and graduate students.

The 36-unit complex is in need of about $1.7-million worth of repairs to fix leaking pipes and windows as well as upgrade bathrooms.

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All public colleges in Illinois are required to be smoke free by July 1 so Western Illinois University assembled a 20 person task force to update its smoking policy.  Smoking is currently prohibited inside buildings and within 50 feet of entrances at WIU.

TSPR'S Rich Egger

Last fall, then-Governor Pat Quinn allocated nearly $35 million to pave two of the four lanes of the northwest section of the Macomb Bypass. That project will go out to bid in June with construction slated to start late summer.

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Only about 10% of registered voters cast ballots in Warren County for Tuesday’s election. The highest turnout in west central Illinois was 29% in Hancock County.

Rich Egger

Macomb's next budget year begins in less than a month (May 1) and the city is bracing for cuts in state funding. The city council plans to pass a balanced budget, despite Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's proposal to cut in half cities' share of the state income tax. That would mean a loss of more than $1 million for Macomb.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) said his three main priorities in Congress will be supporting agriculture, improving infrastructure and boosting the economy in Illinois.

So far, LaHood is the only candidate to formally announce he is running for the seat held by former Congressman Aaron Schock who resigned from office this week. Nominating petitions are due April 20th.

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Illinois law requires a special election to fill the seat being vacated by outgoing Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) within 120 days of him leaving office. 

The timeline for Governor Bruce Rauner is even tighter as he must set the dates for the primary and general elections within five days of the resignation becoming official.

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Plans to revitalize Macomb’s downtown square will soon be sent to the Illinois Department of Transportation for review. The city hopes to get grant money from the state to help pay for $3.5-million worth of upgrades.

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Aaron Schock's soon to be vacant congressional seat is attracting the attention of some Illinois politicians.  The Republican is resigning following public scrutiny into his office's spending and use of taxpayer money. He plans to leave office next week.

The charges have been dropped against former McDonough County Assistant States Attorney Charles Munson.

Munson, 39, of Macomb was fired by State's Attorney James Hoyle after being accused of injuring his girlfriend's hand during an argument.

Rich Egger

The Macomb City Council is sending a letter to the Governor and Legislature asking to receive full funding from the state.

Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed cutting in half local government’s share of the state’s income tax revenue.

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) announced his last day in office will be March 31. Schock has been making headlines recently over concerns his office misspent taxpayer funds.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) said he takes his responsibilities seriously, which is why he brought in a team to review his finances and make recommendations.

Schock has been in the spotlight lately because of reports questioning how his office spent taxpayer money.

TSPR's Jason Parrott

Dakota Access will have to run its proposed crude oil pipeline beneath the Mississippi River, which is a cause for concern for some in Keokuk.  That concern stems from the fact that the city relies on the Mississippi River for its most precious resource. 

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

The Macomb Fire Department isn't just focused on flames. In 2014, firefighters responded to 1,774 incidents. That works out to be more than 4 runs a day.

Fire Chief Andy Taylor said more than 60% of them were requests for medical services. The entire crew is EMT certified and able to provide basic medical care on-site.

City of Hamilton

A non-binding referendum on the April ballot will ask voters whether to increase the city’s utility tax. The extra revenue would go toward road repairs and help replace diminishing state funding.

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