A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from February 2012.
During the month, Caterpillar ruled out Galesburg or any other site in Illinois for a plant being relocated from Japan. The company eventually chose to build in Georgia.
Monmouth hired a new police chief, a northeast Missouri man was convicted of murder, and the Macomb School District cut ties with a former teacher accused of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Bushnell took action to settle a case over a house explosion, and a Lee County community's mayor said his town should be the new seat of county government.
Reporter Jason Parrott took an in-depth look at what Lee County is doing to reverse years of job losses, and reporter Kelsey Wolfe told us how wind power is being added to the curriculum at a Fulton County school district.
Reporter Jim Lenz explained how the humble penny is being used to restore Carl Sandburg's birthplace, and News Director Rich Egger reported on a group trying to build a greater sense of community - one meal at a time.