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Jason Parrott / TSPR

Union and Confederate soldiers will descend upon Keokuk's Rand Park one last time this weekend for the city's 28th and final Civil War re-enactment.

The event has been a huge success over the years, bringing thousands to the city.  But a dwindling number of re-enactors led organizers to declare 2015 as the final conflict.

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.

T.J. Carson

The first step in the process to move the Carl Sandburg statue to its permanent home began on Wednesday.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

State Senator Rich Taylor (D-Mount Pleasant) is surprised that one of the bills he sponsored this year is not sailing through the Iowa Legislature.

The bill would give residents the authority to call for a special election to "relocate a county seat, establish an additional county seat, or consolidate county seats."  Such a vote would require 60% approval to pass.

T.J. Carson

Words of wisdom from Abraham Lincoln highlighted the ceremony in which Monmouth College inaugurated Clarence Wyatt as its 14th president.  The ceremony was titled, "Think Anew, Act Anew," based off a quote from an address Lincoln gave to Congress in 1862.

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.

An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal shooting early Wednesday morning in Burlington. 

The Burlington Police Department announced late Wednesday evening that Maurice Green, 43, of Burlington was taken into custody in Galesburg and charged with 1st Degree Murder in the death of Matthew Banks, 28, also of Burlington.

T.J. Carson

State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) wants to find ways to keep an Amtrak line chugging along through his district.  He said service could be cut on the Illinois Zephyr line as part of Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed 40% reduction in funding for in-state Amtrak lines.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The Clark County R-1 School District is preparing for an influx of new students from the nearby Luray School District.  About 40 K-8 students will be switching schools after residents of Luray voted to close their local school district because of increasing costs and decreasing enrollment numbers.

Rich Egger

A measure of particular interest to many downstate educators is the School Funding Reform Act of 2015.  It’s Senate Bill 1, which means it was the first piece of legislation introduced in the Senate this session.

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.

April 7 Election Results: Referenda

Apr 8, 2015
Abby Wendle

The McDonough County sales tax referendum received overwhelming support, as did Schuyler County's request to extend a road tax.  The Warsaw and Hamilton School Districts were also successful, but referenda were rejected in the West Burlington School District, Clark County, and the city of Alexandria.

April 7 Election Results: Cities and Villages

Apr 8, 2015
T.J. Carson

One incumbent city council member lost in both Macomb and Galesburg. Rushville voters chose to elect a different mayor.  The election for mayor in LaHarpe was decided by just a couple votes.

April 7 Election Results: School Districts

Apr 8, 2015
Jason Parrott

Voters in K - 12 school districts around the region decided who will serve on boards of education for the next four years. And an incumbent and a newcomer were elected to the Spoon River College Board of Trustees.

Rich Egger

The Moses King Brick & Tile Works National Historic District launched a campaign to put a new roof on the old factory building.  If the campaign succeeds, arts-related programming can resume at the 10-acre site near Colchester.

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