A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from November 2012.
The biggest story of the month was, of course, the election. Illinois’ Barack Obama earned a second term as president. Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling lost his bid for a second term, while the tri states’ other congressmen won re-election. Voters also chose state lawmakers and decided referenda, and Iowa voters elected to retain a state Supreme Court justice who conservative groups targeted for defeat because of a ruling that legalized gay marriage in the state.
The groundbreaking was held for Iowa Fertilizer Company’s new production plant in Lee County, while Roquette America was fined more than $4 million for pollution violations at its Keokuk plant.
News Director Rich Egger reported on the Macomb City Council’s decision to prevent residents from raising chickens, reporter Scott Stuntz talked to an expert about the history of railroads in Illinois, reporter James Needham shared the story of a Western Illinois University biologist who’s gaining recognition for a patient study, and reporter Jason Parrott sent an audio postcard from the Veterans Day ceremony at the Keokuk Veterans Memorial.