Illinois could see its already worst-in-the-nation credit rating sink further -- all the way down to "junk" status.  Moody's Vice President Ted Hampton said investors have asked the ratings agency if that's even possible.

T.J. Carson

November is the time of year when the leaves change from green to vibrant reds and oranges. It's also the time of year when college football teams meet up and battle against longtime rivals for trophies that are just as colorful.

City of Fort Madison

There is a new man in charge of the Fort Madison Police Department as Captain Bruce Gustafson has been promoted to interim Police Chief. City Manager David Varley made the announcement in a brief email Tuesday afternoon.

Daily Gate City

Aaron Burnett has not had a lot of time to sit back and relax since arriving in Keokuk as the community's second-ever City Administrator. He says his top priorities have been to get a good understanding of City Hall and the city as a whole, and to meet as many people as possible.

Rich Egger

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has developed half-a-dozen potential routes for an upgraded U.S. Highway 34 between the Mississippi River and Biggsville.  The plan is to convert the two-lane road into a four-lane expressway with a grass median.

T.J. Carson

It took a year to complete upgrades to the building in Galesburg's downtown area. The project cost $689,000, with most of the money coming from the state and federal governments.

Jordan Palmer

The sport inspired by the Harry Potter stories will hold its Midwest Regional Championships November 21 & 22 at Veterans Park in Macomb.

WVIK Staff

A museum for a legendary jazz musician will be created in the Quad Cities.  The Bix Beiderbecke Museum and World Archives group has announced its plan for the first-ever Bix Museum, located at the River Music Experience in Davenport.

Credit: Johnny Cather, TSPR

The second Democratic presidential debate took place at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa over the weekend. The campus is home to more than 4,000 full-time students and that's important to the candidates because young adults in Iowa vote 12% more frequently than the national average of 45%.

Bill Gaither/Carl Sandburg College

Carl Sandburg College President Lori Sundberg told members of the Illinois House that the state budget impasse is hurting the western Illinois college and its students.

Keokuk Area Hospital requested and received roughly $100,000 from Lee County in both 2013 and 2014. The third time might not be the charm, though, as the hospital's request for another $100,000 appears to be going nowhere.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Despite a light rain, steady wind and overcast skies, about 100 people came to Keokuk's Veterans Memorial Wednesday to honor the men and women who have served this country. It's a ceremony that, year after year, focuses less on pomp and circumstance and more on reflection and gratitude.

Lauren Zechin / Daily Gate City

The soldiers who fought for the U.S. during World War II are considered "the Greatest Generation." Their numbers are shrinking, though, which prompted the MVM News Network to come up with a new way to honor them and so many others who have served their country.


The Center for Public Integrity has released the results of what it calls, “a data-driven assessment of state laws and practices that are meant to deter corruption while promoting transparency and accountability.”

Rich Egger

The University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) chapter at Western Illinois University is speaking out against a possible budget reduction proposal that recommends a "desired" student to faculty ratio of 17:1 for Western.