A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from April 2012.
During the month, NTN Bower announced a major expansion project in Macomb, Southeastern Community College's president announced her retirement, and Spoon River College announced the name of its next president.
Fort Madison city council members chose one of their own to serve as the city's next mayor, and Burlington's new city manager started work.
The McDonough Choral Society will be joined by a chamber ensemble in a world premiere performance on Monday, April 16.
The composition Songs of Freedom, Hope, and Destiny was commissioned by the choral group to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Western Illinois University School of Music professor Randall Faust spent three years writing the piece.
The work combines original music with text taken from 19th Century Illinois literature, including words penned by poet John Howard Bryant and President Abraham Lincoln.