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T.J. Carson

Galesburg's city manager believes a business registration program could help the city and local businesses. Aldermen will be asked as early as next month to amend the municipal code to create the program.

The list of criminal charges against former Burlington City Council member Chris King, 41, continues to grow. He is accused of having illegal sexual contact with several minors he met through his photography studio in Burlington.

T.J. Carson

The National Weather Service believes the tornado that struck Cameron July 16 was EF-2 storm with wind speeds of around 125 miles per hour.

Rich Egger

Aldermen voted unanimously in favor of a one-year contract extension with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The new pact runs through August 1, 2016 and contains the same provisions as the city's current agreement with the CVB.

Johnny Cather, TSPR

22-year-old Christian Justus was once a heavy user of tobacco. For almost a decade he smoked 2 packs a day, chewed tobacco, and also smoked hookah. Justus kicked his habit over a year ago and said he experienced drastic improvements to his health.

Rich Egger

The tornado that tore through the Warren County community of Cameron caused extensive damage.  But no one was killed and no serious injuries are reported.

Iowa Terry Branstad announced more than six months ago that he wanted to close the mental health institutes in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda. He kept his word because on July 1, they did not open, leaving dozens of employees without a job.

T.J. Carson

Local 4-H clubs can be a way for children to apply skills learned on the farm. The clubs also teach skills children can use in other aspects of their lives.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Steffensmeier Welding & Manufacturing has come a long way since the company was formed in 1982. Jenny Steffensmeier, who is President/Owner, said her late husband, Ben, started the company in a small welding shop about a mile from its current location near Pilot Grove, Ia.

Rich Egger

Macomb aldermen are contemplating whether to end the city's relationship with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and instead have the duties handled by City Hall.  It's an issue worth watching because of the economic impact of tourism.

A researcher believes tax breaks that states give to corporations prove to be detrimental in the long run.  "Here's the problem: somebody has to pay," said Timothy Collins, Assistant Director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.

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The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has killed tens of millions of ash trees since it arrived in the United States in 2002. The small, metallic-green beetle was first discovered in Iowa in 2010 and now has made its way to Lee County.

Primary election results show Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood of Peoria easily won the Republican nomination in the race to fill the vacant congressional seat for the 18th district. Democratic party voters chose high school teacher Robert Mellon of Quincy by a wide margin to be their party's nominee. 

T.J. Carson

Galesburg aldermen voted 4-to-2 in favor of implementing a new tax on gas and electric utilities for residents and businesses.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

A proposed $3.5 million downtown revitalization project is on hold due to a delay in securing state funding. But Macomb won't wait to make at least one modification to the courthouse square.

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