T.J. Carson

Illinois' newest State Senator was officially sworn in to office Thursday in front of family and supporters.   Chuck  Weaver took the Oath of Office at the Peoria County Courthouse.


Southeastern Community College (SCC) is in the midst of a multi-million dollar makeover, adding several new educational buildings to its campuses in West Burlington and Keokuk. Now, a four-story residence hall on the West Burlington campus has been added to the so-called "Building the Dream" campaign.

Amanda Vinicky

Low-income, working parents are fighting to once again get help from the state for childcare.

Keokuk appears to be on the verge of having a city administrator after nearly a decade without one.

Rich Egger

The civil rights leader grew up in the western Illinois community, which paid homage to him during a three day visit that coincided with homecoming at Western Illinois University.

T.J. Carson

The Galesburg School District hoped a new budget reduction committee would eliminate around $2 million to help balance its books. But now it will have to take a new approach.

Mayor Tom Marion is confident Keokuk will announce the hiring of its new city administrator within the next two weeks. His declaration comes as the first round of in-person interviews is set to begin.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University acknowledged "an incident" between a teacher and a student but is remaining tight-lipped about the details.

T.J. Carson

An art project by this fall's Artist-in-Residence at Knox College aims to capture the essence and variety of Galesburg.  John Bakker, who's from Chicago, called his three-month effort the "Galesburg Portrait Project."

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The Keokuk School Board has a new look following the Sept. 8 election as voters chose four new members to represent them. In the process, they removed a pair of incumbents and decided not to return a former board president to office.

Rich Egger

The Emiquon Corps of Discovery describes itself as a group of volunteers trained to analyze with the mind of a scientist, see with the eyes of an artist, and speak with the words of a poet.  And that's what they've done for 10 years on the 9,000 acre Emiquon Nature Preserve along the Illinois River near Lewistown.

Credit: Ray F. on Flickr (FLICKR.COM/FETHERBRAIN)

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has confirmed nearly 50 cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in white-tailed deer so far in 2015 and more are expected in the coming months.

Rich Egger

Spoon River College owns the building needed for its new campus in Macomb. And there is plenty of parking available.  What's missing is the construction money it hoped to get from the state for renovating the building.

T.J. Carson

Don Moffitt first served west-central Illinois in Springfield in 1993.  Now he's calling it a career after his 12th term finishes up next year. The Gilson Republican announced at his annual picnic on Sunday that he isn't going to seek re-election next year.

A Burlington man will remain in prison after the Iowa Court of Appeals upheld his 2013 murder conviction. Chico Newman was charged with killing his wife, Crystal  Newman, in their home in the early morning hours of Aug. 9, 2012.