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T.J. Carson

The Illinois Animal Disease Testing Laboratory in Galesburg has  conducted tests on dead animals since 1976.  The testing is done to determine the presence of West Nile virus and other diseases.  But the facility is scheduled to close at the end of April.

T.J. Carson

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) recently started her third term by taking on a bigger role in her party. She is one of the three co-chairs of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

Illinois Information Service

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner struck an upbeat tone in his third State of the State address Wednesday.  He also tried to project an image of someone willing to compromise -- but in such a way that Democrats say he glossed over his own role in the crisis that's hobbling Illinois government.

There’s still no budget for Illinois, but some big changes to education policy kicked in this year. As the contentious presidential election played out, several national issues affected the lives of citizens here.

A would-be state holiday passed last week without notice in Illinois. But supporters are hoping it will be recognized in the future.

Beyonce, George Lucas, and Magic Johnson were among the stars on the guest list for President Barack Obama's White House 55th birthday party (Obama's former chief of staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, scored an invite too).

T.J. Carson

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is worried the lack of a state budget is putting institutions of higher education throughout Illinois at risk. He said it could be a "disaster" for state universities and private colleges to recruit students with so much uncertainty surrounding their bottom lines.

T.J. Carson

School districts across Illinois are worried about whether they will receive state funding for  next school year.  They say without the state support, teachers and other employees could lose their jobs, programs could be cut, and some schools might close their doors.

  A majority of Illinois voters do not believe that Illinois is headed in the right direction. That's according to a new poll, from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Rachel Otwell

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivered a roughly 30 minute budget speech to the Illinois General Assembly during the noon hour Wednesday.  The state is now in its eighth month without a budget for the current fiscal year, and he said the state hasn't had a truly balanced budget for decades.

Brian Mackey

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner shared his vision for the next year during his second State of the State speech, which was delivered to Illinois lawmakers at noon Wednesday.

Illinois Tourism Revenue Up, Despite State Economy

Jan 21, 2016
Credit: Johnny Cather, TSPR

Illinois Director of Tourism Cory Jobe visited Macomb this week to provide some insight into what he called the department's success.

In a tight election, sometimes something as minor as where a name falls on the ballot can make a difference. The order for presidential candidates in Illinois has been determined as long as they all actually remain on the ballot.

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.

T.J. Carson

A third person is in the race for the 74th District State Representative seat in Knox and Henry Counties.  Mike DeSutter of Woodhull made the announcement in front of family and supporters outside the Knox County Courthouse. 

T.J. Carson

A veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard is making a run for the State Legislature as a Republican.

How Much Corn Could You Pick by Hand in 20 Minutes?

Oct 30, 2015
Abby Wendle

I wiped my palms on my jeans, tugged at the bill of my baseball hat, and took a deep breath. It was my first time competing in the annual Illinois State Corn Husking Contest at the end of September and I was nervous.

T.J. Carson

The head of Knox County's Republican Party is seeking a job in the Illinois House.  Wayne Saline will run for the seat now held by Don Moffitt (R-Gilson), who is retiring.

T.J. Carson

Independent Map Amendment (IMA), which seeks to take the legislative mapping process out of the hands of politicians, is confident its plan will go before voters in Illinois next year.

Jordan Fischer

Tri States Public Radio is going to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance on September 24th, and you're invited to join us!

2014 Election Results

Nov 4, 2014

The Tri States Public Radio Newsroom will be covering and updating all local election results on-air this evening until around midnight. You can also follow our coverage online here.

In addition to our local coverage, NPR News will be live blogging all the national election results on their Tumblr, which you can follow below.

Corn Huskers Still Pick by Hand

Oct 7, 2014
Abby Wendle

Dick Humes squinted and sweat as he moved down a row of corn. He sliced through the husk with a metal hook in his right hand, snapped the ear from its stalk with his left, and threw it over his shoulder into a wagon rolling alongside him.

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More than 8 million people nationally signed up for health insurance during the first open enrollment period.

At least two constitutional amendments will be on ballots across Illinois this November.

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Home prices increased 12.2% across the nation in February compared to a year ago. That's according to real estate aggregator CoreLogic.

For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children.

Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels.

But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion.

Courtesy of: Eagle View Community Health System

Everyone must have health coverage whether it’s a private plan, through work or a government subsidy by March 31. Those who don’t will face a tax penalty next year.

Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

A Quincy-based organization that works with children from across the country is looking to expand its operations.

Western Illinois University ROTC

An ongoing review of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps by the U.S. Department of Defense is not worrying Western Illinois University.

The first candidate to publicly announce his bid to represent Illinois' 94th House District says job creation and education are his top priorities.

Knox County Treasurer: Pay Raises Not Her Decision

Nov 14, 2013
http://www.knoxcountyil.com/

The Galesburg Election Board has filed a petition to have Knox County Treasurer Robin Davis held in civil contempt for not paying wage increases the panel has called for. 

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