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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.

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. 

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Fort Madison is turning over management of its outdoor swimming pool to the Fort Madison YMCA. The city council signed off on the one-year contract this week.

Grand Jury Indicts Missouri Governor Who Admitted Affair

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A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Governor Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, the city circuit attorney's office said Thursday.

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Five of the Democrats running for Illinois governor met at a debate Wednesday night in Springfield. Among the prime topics was House Speaker Michael Madigan's handing of harassment in his political organization.

Donald Rients is a technical worker for State Farm Insurance.  He lives in Benson, which is in Woodford County. Rients first ran for Congress in 2015 when the 18th District seat was vacant following the resignation of Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL). Rients lost the special Republican primary election to Darin LaHood.

Darin LaHood (R-IL) is the current congressman serving the 18th District in western and central Illinois.  He won a special primary and special election in 2015 to replace Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL), who resigned from office.  LaHood won his first full term in the November, 2016 election.

Brian Deters grew up in Quincy.  He taught social studies at Morton High School before his wife was transferred to Switzerland for her job with Caterpillar.  He said the family has lived in Switzerland for the past five years but is in the process of moving back to Illinois.

Rich Egger

Junius Rodriguez is a historian and professor at Eureka College.  He was the Democratic nominee for the 18th Congressional District in 2016.  He lost in the general election to Republican Darin LaHood.

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Darrel Miller describes himself as a lifelong farmer from western McLean County. He said he can draw from a lifetime of business experience to address issues.  Miller was the Democratic nominee for the 18th Congressional District in 2014.  He lost in the general election to Republican Aaron Schock.

Rich Egger

Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) is the current state representative serving House District 93. She was appointed to the seat in December, 2010 and is in her fourth term.

Rich Egger

Joshua Griffith is from Abingdon.  He manages a roofing company in Galesburg.  He said this is the first time he has run for public office.

Two teachers at Keokuk Middle School are accused of fraud by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE). The board is asking the two to surrender their teaching licenses.

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A divided Illinois Supreme Court says it was okay for the government to seize a woman's Harley-Davidson — even though it was her husband who used it to drive drunk.

Bryan Baca's Public Facebook Page

Bryan Baca was born and raised in Bushnell. He now lives in Macomb. He is the only candidate of the three who does not currently work at the sheriff's office. But he said he has worked with most of the employees on staff from his time as a K-9 trainer and has the experience necessary in law enforcement and corrections to lead the department. 

Justin Lundgren's Public Facebook Page

Justin Lundgren is a detective with the McDonough County Sheriff's Department. Lundgren moved to Macomb from Tennessee, IL. He said his 25 year tenure with the sheriff’s department makes him qualified to be sheriff.

Nick Petitgout's Public Facebook Page

Nick Petitgout is the Chief Deputy at the McDonough County Sheriff's Department, which means he is second in command. Petitgout said he does not plan to implement any major changes to the office if he is elected. Rather, he would like to continue the practices in place. 

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150 years ago – on February 24, 1868 – the U.S. House voted along party lines to impeach Democratic President Andrew Johnson.  To mark Presidents' Day this year, TSPR talked to a couple historians about Johnson and other presidents who faced impeachment.

2018 Budget Address

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has been campaigning relentlessly against last year’s income tax increase.

But in his annual budget address Wednesday, he'll call for spending the extra money that rate hike has generated.

One of the biggest changes Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed in today's budget address is making local school districts bear the costs of teacher pensions.

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IowaWorks will hold a targeted job fair Friday, Feb. 16 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at Comfort Inn & Suites in Fort Madison. The workforce development agency said it will only be open to employees who were laid off last month from Siemens-Gamesa’s wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Fort Madison.

The Central Lee School District is being accused of not stopping the harassment and bullying of one of its student by another student.

Rich Egger

McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said he suffers from vertigo and he blamed the condition for the erratic driving that is the subject of a 911 complaint phoned in against him last spring. Tri States Public Radio reported the story last week, and this week TSPR talked to a medical professional to learn more about vertigo.

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Governor Bruce Rauner is scheduled to unveil his fourth budget proposal Wednesday in a speech to the General Assembly. Illinois lawmakers enacted a budget for one of the three years he's been in office.

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Last August, when Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed the historic school funding reform plan, the celebration was like the political version of a wedding. Lawmakers from both parties got dressed up, made lovely speeches, and posed for pictures next to that one cousin they never really liked.

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.

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More than 150 Western Illinois University faculty, staff, and union supporters picketed in downtown Macomb Thursday. They want a fair contract for  Western's chapter of the University Professionals of Illinois.

Schools Are Using Poverty Simulations To Build Empathy. But Do They Work?

Feb 9, 2018
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About 100 teachers and school support staff spent the better part of three hours inside a junior high school gymnasium in rural, east central Illinois in early January. They were role playing people living in poverty.

Weather Related School Closures and Delays

Feb 9, 2018

--> Closings, Cancellations, and Early Dismissals. Updated 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, (2/22/18).

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The former owner of Midwest Academy will be sentenced on May 10. Ben Trane was convicted in December of child endangerment, sexual exploitation by a counselor, and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

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