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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.

Rich Egger

A group of Western Illinois University students will have the city's ear as members of the Mayor's Roundtable of Student Leaders. 

Rich Egger

Macomb city council members this week unanimously approved Mayor Mike Inman's appointment of John Vigezzi to fill the vacant seat in the city's second ward.  Vigezzi works at Farm King as the distribution and logistics manager.  He previously worked for the travel center at the Macomb Amtrak Station.

Rich Egger

The body of Macomb Fire Chief Andy Taylor, 46, was found in a wooded area near Route 67 and University Drive late Thursday afternoon.  A preliminary investigation indicates he took his own life.

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.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Ameren Illinois’ new operating plant in Macomb will serve as a model for the energy provider’s future facilities.

The $9-million facility is the first of its kind, according to Ameren. It’s also the first new plant the company has built in 20 years.

Macomb Residents Trying to Perfect the Art of Photography

Jul 25, 2016
Crystal Kepple

Members of the Macomb Camera Club  go on outings and attend events, capturing the beauty of their town and the region with their cameras.  Members include those who are retired and joined to keep busy doing what they love, as well as those just getting started, having recently discovered a love for the craft.

Emily Boyer

Macomb’s only public pool is now open for summer, about a month later than usual. 

Around the Region: 4th of July Fireworks

Jul 1, 2016
Western Illinois University

The U.S. celebrates a major holiday this weekend. With the 4th of July falling on a Monday this year, there's some variety on when celebrations are scheduled during the three-day weekend. 

Independence Day is often met with parades, picnics and marching bands. But, the most popular way to celebrate is by lighting up the night's sky with fireworks.

We've compiled a list of the best places to see free fireworks shows in the tri states region this holiday weekend.

West Central Illinois Fireworks shows:

Lewistown Fireworks:

Labyrinth in Macomb Designed to Give Hope

Jun 3, 2016
Michael Thompson

A crowd of people gathered at the Lakeview Nature Center in Macomb to create a labyrinth in the prairie grasses to help spread suicide awareness and prevention. 

Everyone involved in the project had a personal connection to suicide as some had lost a loved one while others have struggled with suicide themselves.

Rich Egger

Even though the school year is over at Western Illinois University, the Macomb community is still rallying for higher education funding.  About 50 people -- including Western faculty, staff and a few students -- gathered alongside members of the community for a demonstration that started in Chandler Park.

Rich Egger

Around 50 people participated in a rededication ceremony for the War of 1812 monument in Chandler Park.  Pella Corporation collaborated with the city and several other businesses to restore the marker, which was first unveiled on September 11, 1914.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

A routine inspection by the state, last fall, found Macomb’s Glenwood Pool had some structural problems and did not meet state standards. The issues identified center around the pool’s circulation and filtration systems as well as its drainage system.

Rich Egger

The passenger rail agency said it will renovate the Macomb Travel Center to make it more easily accessible for everyone.

Rich Egger

Friday, March 4 was the final day on the job for Macomb City Administrator Dean Torreson, who retired after eight years in western Illinois and more than 30 years of work in city administration.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Macomb is flushing out its financial plans for the next fiscal year, which starts May 1. The city appears to be in good shape financially.

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