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Macomb

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.

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers perform original songs and fiddle tunes inspired by the classic hillbilly, western-swing, and old-time fiddling traditions—and they also mine this same repertoire for forgotten gems that deserve to be heard again.

Tellico, 7:00pm November 11, Burlington Capitol Theater

Apr 28, 2017

Firmly planted in Asheville NC's thriving roots music scene, Tellico is well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic "Appalachiacana" sound, combining some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond. Anya Hinkle and Stig Stiglets' committed, authentic vocals are alloyed with Aaron Ballance's flowing and soaring dobro and Jed Willis' textured and expressive mandolin, rooted in the mountain music they grew up with while pushing tradition into a modern Americana sound aesthetic.

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

This Gurf Morlix fellow - Buffalo born, Texas bred - has provided us with countless indelible musical moments in the last 40-plus years: his exemplary guitar and production work with Lucinda Williams: his instrumental accompaniment to artists ranging from Blaze Foley to Warren Zevon; his production of watermark albus for artists such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and Mary Gauthier - and, since 2000, a sears of eight solo records.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

There is about a month left in the school year and with summer on the horizon, uncertainty remains over whether Glenwood Pool in Macomb will be open this year.  

Emily Boyer

Suzan Nash's name is synonymous with the Western Illinois Regional Council. She came to the Macomb-based organization as an intern in 1977.  She was named its executive director in 1981 and led the organization until March 1, when she retired. 

Rich Egger

Three big box retail spaces will be empty along East Jackson Street in Macomb once the JC Penney store closes this spring. The head of the Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDCO) views the vacancies as opportunities.

Rich Egger

The street that goes through the heart of the Western Illinois University is in poor condition right now. All the traffic -- especially from buses and trucks - has been tough on the asphalt road so the city plans to remake Western Avenue during the summer months.

Rich Egger

Representatives from the Macomb School District, the city, McDonough District Hospital, and the YMCA are still studying whether it's feasible to build a new middle school and community center.

Rich Egger

More than 4.6 million people rode an Amtrak train in Illinois in 2016. Overall ridership on Illinois routes was down about 3.5% from 2015. In Macomb, ridership dropped to about 68,000. 

Rich Egger

The Macomb Park Board conducted a lengthy search for the next Executive Director of the park district. It turned out the best candidate was right under their noses all along.  Commissioners unanimously agreed to promote Rachel Lenz, who was serving as the district's Superintendent of Special Events and Facilities.

Rich Egger

Lackluster volunteer support for the Flags of Love display had Macomb city leaders wondering whether it was time to end the tradition.  But it appears the community would like it to continue.  More than 200 volunteers showed up in Chandler Park first thing Friday morning to help with the display. 

Emily Boyer

Macomb's $4.3-million plan for improving the downtown square hinged on the city securing an Illinois Department of Transportation grant to fund about half the project. But the state money is not coming through, so city leaders are considering their options.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

The city of Macomb hopes to get a better track of how money is being spent to promote tourism in the area.

Rich Egger

Macomb is turning to a familiar face to temporarily fill a key leadership role at  city hall. The city has been without a city administrator for about two weeks, and Mayor Mike Inman said former City Administrator Dean Torreson has offered to come out of retirement to fill in for a few months.

Rich Egger

The city of Macomb and Sue McLaughlin parted ways last week. McLaughlin stepped down from her role as City Administrator on Tuesday, October 11, after less than 8 months on the job.  

Rich Egger

Macomb’s City Administrator Sue McLaughlin attended Monday night’s City Council meeting this week. But as of Tuesday, she was no longer on the city’s payroll.

McLaughlin stepped down after less than 8 months on the job.

Larry Dean, WIU Visual Production Center

When the night has come, And the land is dark, And the moon is the only light we'll see, No I won't be afraid, Oh I won't be afraid, Just as long as you stand, stand by me – Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.”

A group of Western Illinois University alumni – many of them African-American – stood by one another and helped one another get through college more than five decades ago, a time when the campus was just beginning to diversify.

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