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Local News Coverage:

  • Morning Edition: Mon.- Fri. 4:00am- 9:00am with Morning Edition Host and Reporter Emily Boyer.
  • Afternoon Edition: Mon.- Fri. 4:00- 4:30pm with News Director Rich Egger.

Local New Updates also at 5:35pm and 6:35pm Monday- Friday.

T.J. Carson

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) recently started her third term by taking on a bigger role in her party. She is one of the three co-chairs of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

Rich Egger

City revenue is down by about $427,000 this fiscal year that what was projected. City Administrator Dean Torreson said the city took in less revenue in four key areas.

TSPR Emily Boyer

A federal appeals court has blocked President Trump's executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. The administration is expected to issue a revised travel ban soon.  In the meantime, many colleges and universities are standing by international students.

T.J. Carson

The city of Galesburg gave a total of $92, 858 to be split by 16 local not for profit organizations.  The money comes from the city's economic development fund. The city chose the groups based off of their ability to boost tourism within Galesburg.
 

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The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) heard additional testimony in Keokuk's Grand Theater Wednesday morning regarding a proposed natural gas rate hike for roughly 4,000 customers in and around the city.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

District Court Judge John Wright administered the oath of office to new Lee County Attorney Ross Braden following Tuesday’s county board meeting. Braden said, afterwards, that he is excited to get to work.

Almost every Lee County employee will get a pay raise on July 1, 2017, despite the fact that the county’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year is in the red by roughly $1.5-million.

Rich Egger

A group of Illinois legislators is pushing an agenda intended to help farmers who sell at local markets. The legislation covers a variety of issues.

TSPR

There are 9,469 students enrolled at Western Illinois University this spring semester. It's the first time this century Western's student body has dropped below 10,000.

The White House

Presidents' Day is celebrated in the U.S. to honor the people who've held the nation's highest public office.  Tri States Public Radio talked to a couple historians about the 35th president, Democrat John F. Kennedy, because this year marks the centennial of Kennedy's birth (May 29, 1917).

T.J. Carson

The Board of Education unanimously agreed to hire Dr. Michael Curry, who's in his fourth year as superintendent of the V.I.T. School District in Table Grove.  He also serves as principal of the district's elementary school.

Governor Bruce Rauner’s Budget Address, Annotated

Feb 16, 2017
Illinois Public Radio

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his third annual budget address to the General Assembly Wednesday. Here are his full remarks, with explanatory notes from Illinois Public Radio reporters.

T.J. Carson

The cuts were approved in separate votes at the board's meeting Monday night.  Board members Wayne Statham and Jean Ann Glasnovich voted against the cuts.  Voting in favor were Tianna Cervantez, Ellen Spittell, Joshua Gibb, and Amy Pickrel.  Board President Bob Lindstrom was not at the meeting.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Lee County has a new County Attorney following the appointment of Ross Braden to the post Tuesday morning. But it appears that appointment might be for a much shorter term than anticipated.

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Brian Stover raises chickens at his house in rural Marion County, Illinois, just across the road from the Patoka Tank Farm where the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline ends — about 75 miles east of St. Louis.

Breanna Descourouez

Western Illinois University hosted the art exhibit, "Rain Clearing, Breezy Overnights," in the Annex Building in conjunction with the Department of Art's "First Wednesday" event in February.  The show highlighted Matt Pulford's paintings, photographs, and 3-D pieces.

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.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison is not commenting on the "suspension of services" at its minimum security facility and what it could mean for staffing at the facility.

Burlington's teachers do not believe they should be asked for ideas to trim the budget for next year while also negotiating an employment contract for that same time period.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

It appears a business that got its start in Keokuk just a few years ago is ready to return home.  The city council authorized City Administrator Aaron Burnett and Mayor Tom Marion to negotiate a lease agreement with Trident Nature Technologies

The Keokuk School District is remaining tight-lipped about an apparent licensing issue with its high school show choir program even though the topic came up during a public event in the community in late January.

Breanna Descourouez

Adam Colgan remembers the exact date he first tried snowboarding.  "January 22nd, 2011," he said, adding nothing about that day's fun in the snow seemed unusual at the time.

The mayor of LaHarpe faces prison time and removal from office for allegedly using city staff and equipment for personal gain in November 2016. 

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has identified the victim of a homicide in Keokuk as Lori Williams, 54, of 222 Concert Street.  Keokuk police found Williams' body in her home Monday morning.

T.J. Carson

Superintendent Ralph Grimm announced he will retired June 30, and the two longest-serving members of the school board have removed their names from the ballot for this spring's elections.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Tammy McCoy did not have a lot of time to sit back and relax during the first Battle of the Brushes in downtown Burlington. As director of the Burlington Art Center, she did her best to make sure the larger than expected crowd was having a good time.

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More than two dozen people gathered on a foggy January evening in downtown Rushville. Some drove from Mount Sterling, Macomb, and even as far away as Carthage to talk about the arts and rural communities.

Illinois Information Service

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner struck an upbeat tone in his third State of the State address Wednesday.  He also tried to project an image of someone willing to compromise -- but in such a way that Democrats say he glossed over his own role in the crisis that's hobbling Illinois government.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Nick Ludwick's final day on the job as Warden at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison is Friday, Jan. 27. He's retiring after a four decade career in corrections in Michigan and Iowa.

The Arab student population has been growing at Western Illinois University in recent years even though Macomb can feel like a completely different world for those coming to WIU from the Middle East.

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