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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.

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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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The longer Matt McGhghy spoke about Bentley's Playground, the more emotional he became as he fought back tears of joy.  McGhghy says it's amazing how his hometown has gotten behind the effort to build a fully-accessible playground in Tolmie Park.

Mike Pribyl was surprised when he found out, last month that the Keokuk School Board had adopted a 1% income surtax to help pay for day-to-day educational needs.  He said what really struck him was how little the public knew about it.

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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.

Rich Egger

The final day in office for Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) is Tuesday, March 31. The co-author of a book about the state's shady political history said Schock is far from the first Illinois politician to leave office in disgrace.

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The state received just one bid to build a Center for Performing Arts at Western Illinois University.  Scott Coker, Director of Facilities Management at WIU, said the bid came in around $5 million above cost estimates so the state will re-bid the project.

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