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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.

What I Like About My Hometown

Feb 24, 2016
Jonathan Ahl

The Pope didn't choose to visit my hometown on his recent visit to the United States nor was it a prospective site for the 2018 Olympic games.  It's not a place to find high-end shopping malls and you won't find many popular chain stores either.   What you will find in Macomb, Illinois is a community of people, teachers, farmers, business owners, and public servants who foster core values in living and tirelessly dedicate themselves to improving the quality of life.

Rich Egger

McDonough District Hospital will add more offices for health care providers at its campus in Macomb.

Rich Egger

People who are fined for city ordinance violations in Macomb will now be able to set up a monthly payment plan and sign up for monthly text messages that will remind them to make a payment either online or through the mail.

Screenshot of Weather.com

More rain than snow means cities have not dipped too far into their road salt supplies or paid as many overtime hours for workers to run early morning snow plows.

Sue McLaughlin

Sue McLaughlin is already a bit familiar with Macomb because in-laws live near the community.  Now she will be learning a great deal more about the town because she's been chosen to serve as its next city administrator.

Rich Egger

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

Rich Egger

Mayor Mike Inman said the city received 27 applications for the position.  The search committee has now trimmed the list to five.

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

The portion of the gas tax collected in Illinois when you fuel your car is supposed to be forwarded to municipalities. They use it to fill potholes, or to buy salt for when it snows.

Quidditch Coming to Macomb

Aug 12, 2015
Credit US Quidditch

The magical world of Hogwarts is coming to Macomb. The city was chosen over Ames, Iowa to host a regional tournament for the not-so-fictional sport of Quidditch.

Macomb Lawn Ordinance Back In Effect

Aug 10, 2015
Credit: wallpaperlayer.com

Macomb residents will once again have to keep a close eye on the height of their lawns.  That's because the city is once again enforcing its law regarding grass height.

Credit Johnny Cather, TSPR

Construction crews in Macomb are racing to complete the Adams Street renovation project on time.  They've had to contend with one of the wettest summers on record.

Rich Egger

Aldermen voted unanimously in favor of a one-year contract extension with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The new pact runs through August 1, 2016 and contains the same provisions as the city's current agreement with the CVB.

Rich Egger

The city on Monday acknowledged the unusually wet spring and summer have made it difficult for property owners to mow their lawns due to soggy soil conditions and standing water.

Rich Egger

Macomb aldermen are contemplating whether to end the city's relationship with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and instead have the duties handled by City Hall.  It's an issue worth watching because of the economic impact of tourism.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

A proposed $3.5 million downtown revitalization project is on hold due to a delay in securing state funding. But Macomb won't wait to make at least one modification to the courthouse square.

Rich Egger

Macomb City Administrator Dean Torreson is recommending the city end its contract with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and run tourism efforts through City Hall.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

The Macomb Community Development Committee is developing a city-wide inventory of every residential property, looking specifically at their compliance with Macomb’s maintenance code.

Coordinator Shannon Duncan said it should be finished by the end of the year, at which time letters will go out to homeowners who are in violation of the code.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

Spring Lake Park's site supervisor went before the Macomb City Council this week asking for changes to the park's winter offerings. Ryan Hansen of Spring Lake Management took over the property this year from the Macomb Park District.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

Macomb’s War of 1812 memorial in Chandler Park will soon be more accessible. The city council agreed to spend $4,000 to build a sidewalk from N. Randolph St. to the memorial.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

The only two dry cleaning businesses in Macomb both announced plans to close at the end of the month. But there won't be a loss of dry cleaning services in town because someone else decided to fill the gap.  Eric and Karen Blakeley plan to open Macomb Dry Cleaning on Monday.

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