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Mar 7, 2018

Mark Manson, a blogger and NY Times best-selling author writes, "Pain in all its forms is our body's most effective means of spurring action."   There has been a lot of pain in my world lately.  The grief of discovering too late that was no farm legacy to leave to my daughters.  The agony of watching yet another school shooting while our politicians sit idly by and do nothing to ensure the safety our children.  And most recently, the visceral anger I feel after discovering that administrators in the Macomb School District appear to have blatantly violated the law and the trust of students, parents, and community members.  

Rich Egger

Last week various media sources reported on the lawsuit filed against the Macomb School District on behalf of two female students who allege they were sexually harassed, assaulted and raped at Macomb High School and that Macomb School District Administration did nothing to make the girls feel safe or have their concerns heard. This became so problematic that they both left Macomb High School, and one eventually the town and district, to remove themselves from their perpetrator.

Rich Egger

The Macomb School District is not saying much about the federal civil lawsuit filed against it and two of its administrators.  But that’s not stopping members of the community from speaking out about it.

A judge in Rock Island will hear a civil lawsuit against the Macomb School District, its high school principal, and the high school assistant principal. Two former students are asking for a jury to award them $10 million. 

Rich Egger

On wintery school days when it is extremely cold and/or snow is accumulating, school superintendents must decide whether to hold classes or tell children to stay home.  Tri States Public Radio talked to the superintendents from the West Prairie, Keokuk, and Macomb school districts to find out what factors into their decisions.

Rich Egger

The Board of Education agreed to issue $6 million in Working Cash Bonds to pay for three construction projects.  Superintendent Patrick Twomey said the bond issue will not alter the district's tax rate.

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.

Rich Egger

Construction is complete on the greenhouse at Macomb High School, while construction is just getting started on the renovation project at Lincoln School.

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.

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The psychologist and author spent a couple days in the Macomb School District talking to teachers, staff, and students about strategies for achieving success.  He also gave a public presentation geared to parents.

How I Feel about Bombers

Mar 22, 2017
Rich Egger

Whenever I pass a Bombers sign here in Macomb, I wonder how the word Bombers and the image of WWII airplanes that dropped bombs can represent us, our community, our high school student-athletes, today in 2017.

Jason Parrott

There is an effort to revive one of western Illinois' fabled high school conferences. Sherrard Superintendent Alan Boucher sent out letters the final week of December to area small schools about bringing back the Olympic Conference.

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.

What’s on the Ballot in the Tri-States

Nov 8, 2016

Election Day has arrived in the tri-state region as election volunteers arrived early at local polling sites, powering up voting machines and setting up registration tables. Thousands of people cast early ballots, but even more will get in line before the polls close at 7 pm in Illinois and Missouri and at 9 pm in Iowa.

Rich Egger

McDonough County voters this fall are being asked to approve a one-cent increase in the county's sales tax. The money generated by it would go to local school districts to pay for construction and renovation projects.

Rich Egger

The collaboration created to determine the feasibility of building a new middle school and community center in Macomb has lost one of its partners. Park Board President John Hemingway said the park district will no longer be involved in the project.

Rich Egger

When we moved to Macomb 5½ years ago, Jack was getting ready to start kindergarten and Lucy wasn't even walking yet. Now, I have a child at Edison and a kindergartener at Lincoln (who once she started walking never looked back). On National Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to thank all the Macomb teachers who have touched the lives of my children.

Rich Egger

The five partners in the proposed Citizens Action Project (CAP) are preparing for the next step in the process.

Rich Egger

Superintendent Mark Twomey said the middle school was combined with the high school about a quarter-century ago with the idea that it was just a temporary fix. So he feels a change is long overdue.

Rich Egger

The civil rights leader grew up in the western Illinois community, which paid homage to him during a three day visit that coincided with homecoming at Western Illinois University.

Rich Egger

Macomb School Superintendent Mark Twomey set a goal of having 100% of third grade students reading at grade level.

Rich Egger

The idea of starting a new agriculture education program appealed to Wyatt McGrew.  Now he will get a chance to build a program from the ground up in the Macomb School District beginning in August.

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Jeff Moore was up for reinstatement as head coach of the boys’ soccer team at Macomb High School. But instead he recently submitted his letter of resignation from the position.

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Illinois lawmakers and Governor Bruce Rauner have agreed to restore about $97 million that had been cut from K-12 schools for the final few months of the fiscal year.  The cuts resulted from the rollback of the temporary higher income tax rate and a 2.25% across the board reduction to the state's budget. Some school districts in west central Illinois will benefit, but it might not make much difference.

Rich Egger

An updated strategic plan is close to completion for the district. Superintendent Patrick Twomey said the district has spent about a year-and-a-half working on its vision for "what education can look like here in Macomb."

Advocacy Group Fights for Illinois Public Education

Feb 25, 2015
T.J. Carson

Educators in Illinois hope a large support group can deliver results in Springfield.

The initiative is called Illinois Vision 20/20. It began in 2012 when various education groups in the state came together to set a direction for improving public education.

Rich Egger

The Macomb Board of Education unanimously agreed the nickname “The Bombers” should be use by all schools in the district.

Rich Egger

The contract of Macomb School Superintendent Patrick Twomey is being extended by two years.

The Shift to Technology in the Classroom

May 18, 2014

Schools are changing from the days when teachers stood at the front of the classroom writing lessons on the blackboard.

After months of planning and plenty of public input, the Macomb Board of Education unanimously approved the district’s cost containment plan.

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