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Rich Egger

Mayor Mike Inman said businesswoman Kay Ruggles brought the idea for Flags of Love to Macomb after seeing a similar display in southeast Iowa.  Inman said the original goal was to fly 100 American flags in Chandler Park.

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The YMCA of McDonough County said it has big plans for Macomb's only public swimming pool when it takes over operations next summer. The city of Macomb will pay the YMCA a $3,000 annual management fee and cover the salaries for lifeguards working at Glenwood Pool. The Y will stock the snack bar and keep the money it makes.

McAlister's Deli - Mt. Vernon Facebook Page

McAlister's Deli is a national chain with a menu featuring deli sandwiches and soups and what the restaurant calls its famous sweet tea. Karma Real Estate Company out of Jackson, Missouri is the franchisee and owns several McAlister's Deli restaurants in the Midwest.

Rich Egger

The concept of the Community First project in Macomb became public a couple years ago. The partners believe they’re now close to deciding whether that concept will become a reality.

TSPR Emily Boyer

A new restaurant is coming to Macomb just a block northwest of the downtown square.  The city council approved giving the owner, Dan Kokel, $15,000 to help pay for renovations to the building at 202 E. Carroll St.

McDonough County Property Records

The small, white dilapidated building at 221 E. Jackson St. has sat empty for more than  a decade. The building formerly operated as a Maid Rite restaurant. It is described as a 720 square foot tool shed in McDonough County's property records.

Communities around the globe hold Critical Mass bicycle rides.  Some of the events draw thousands of riders in large cities, while smaller communities such as Macomb sometimes attract just a handful.

Looking For Government That Works? Try Local

Sep 27, 2017
Rich Egger

I doubt that many people would disagree with me when I say big governments – those in  Washington DC and Springfield -  have not been working very well in the past few years.  Washington and Springfield seem to have a very difficult time doing anything. 

Rich Egger

The Interfaith Alliance of Macomb hosted what it called a Community United Celebration in Chandler Park.  The idea was to promote peace, unity, and understanding.

Rich Egger

A feasibility study commissioned by the Macomb Food Cooperative found that moving the group's store into a larger space in the near future would be too much, too soon.

Rich Egger

Former Macomb alderman Ryan Hansen will continue to privately manage Spring Lake Park for the next five years. The new contract goes into effect when the current three-year agreement expires at the end of December, 2017.     

drone photo taken by Chad Sperry / City of Macomb shared the image with TSPR

A major summer construction project has just wrapped up in downtown Macomb and the city is already looking ahead to possibly making more improvements in a couple of years.

WATCH-LISTEN: State Budget Forum - Macomb

Aug 30, 2017

NPR Illinois and Tri States Public Radio host the seventh Illinois Issues Forum on the state's financial health and the lasting impacts of the two-year-long state budget impasse.

Rich Egger

The superintendent of the Macomb School District told Tri States Public Radio that a new middle school will be built with or without the Community First project.

The Solar Eclipse in the Tri States

Aug 21, 2017
Rich Egger

More than 90% of the sun was covered by the moon at the height of Monday's solar eclipse in the tri states.  Overcast skies generally obscured the eclipse, though occasional breaks in the clouds gave people glimpses of the phenomenon. 

TSPR's Emily Boyer

The summer swimming season at Glenwood Pool wraps up this Sunday, August 13. The facility was closed for two days this week as the city addressed a recurring problem.

Rich Egger

The city of Macomb recently acquired the rundown building at the corner of Jackson and McArthur Streets. The city is just starting the process of turning around the building but a local group is already considering whether it's a suitable site for its store.

Rich Egger

The city spent $2,500 to buy the west building of the Modern Home complex at 133 West Jackson Street. The city considers it a highly visible location – it's just a block west of the Courthouse Square – and it wants to prevent the building from falling into further disrepair.

Rich Egger

Aldermen are reviewing recommendations to close a projected $540,000 shortfall in the city's General Fund for the current fiscal year, which began May 1. 

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Bridgeway's contract to provide Demand Response Transportation Service for the elderly and disabled in McDonough and Hancock Counties expired Friday, June 30, and there doesn't appear to be another service provider ready to take over.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Most people visiting Macomb might choose to either drive a car or take an Amtrak  train into town. But there is a third option popular among some business executives and other professionals:  flying into Macomb.

MDH Board Supports Privatization Plan

Jun 27, 2017
Rich Egger

McDonough District Hospital has run the ambulance service in McDonough County since the 1970s.  But the MDH Board of Directors voted Monday night to switch to a privately-run service.

Baylee Brynteson

Last year's sculptures are gone and eight new ones have taken their places around Macomb's downtown area. Downtown Development Director Kristen Terry said the debut of the outdoor exhibit last year was a huge success, drawing people from out of town to the downtown.

Emily Boyer

Only two hurdles remain before Macomb’s public swimming pool can open for the summer. Glenwood Pool must still be filled with water and it must pass a state inspection before the city and the Macomb Park District can schedule the opening day.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

The proposed Macomb location will be the fifth Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins franchise for Yonas Hagos, along with locations in Bloomington-Normal and Quincy.

Community Development Director Ray Heitner told the Macomb City Council, Monday night, that Hagos is about $50,000 short of the $1.4-million he needs to move the project forward.

Rich Egger

The city of Macomb will spend more money than it brings in its new budget year that began Monday, May 1. City revenues are down and some expenses associated with employee health care and retirement are up. Overall the city’s general fund will be unbalanced by about $538,000 this fiscal year.

Emily Boyer/Tri States Public Radio

The Macomb Park District Board of Commissioners voted during a special meeting to withdraw from management of Glenwood Pool.  The pool is owned by the city and managed by the park district but the management pact ends on September 1.

Kevin Gordon, Louisiana-born songwriter who's earned raves from media, musicals peers, and fans in equal measure, released his latest, 'Long Gone Time'  to critical praise from American Songwriter, Pop Matters, Offbeat, & others. Hitting #26 on the Americana Radio Chart, the album also attracted the attention of NPR's World Cafe and Folk Alley; Gordon performed live as a featured guest on both programs.

Amy Andrews has received numerous awards and honors for her songwriting and what one audience member has deemed her ability to "transport" listeners with her performances, and befriend them with her unassuming wit, charm, and candor.

In the last year, Andrews has gone solo, received national press, chatted with the good folks of National Public Radio, and completed an international tour.

This break-out folk trio from Springfield, IL started out in a big way, with their song "Devil" winning the American Songwriter Magazine's Grand Prize before their debut album was released.

The wonderfully crafted songs and tight harmonies of their self-titled debut album have been showing up on many folk charts during the past year.

"Wonderfully original mountain music" -Martin Anderson, WNCW 88.7FM

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