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The contest for a legislative seat in western Illinois has the attention of a statewide watchdog group. The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform tracks political contributions in the state and has named the race for 93rd District State Representative one of the ten most contested state races in Illinois.

Since this past weekend, women and men have been sharing their accounts of sexual violence with the hashtag #MeToo. While many assumed the movement started with actor Alyssa Milano's tweet about Hollywood producer/mogul and alleged sex offender Harvey Weinstein, some are pointing out that a black woman named Tarana Burke used the same terminology for a project also mean to address sexual assault.

Buying shoes, a new computer or even toilet paper online can be convenient and cheap, but officials in cities across central Illinois say it’s taking a bite out of their budgets.

The debate over school funding dominated much of the legislative session, and concluded with a compromise plan designed to send more state funds to the neediest districts. But so far, those districts haven't gotten any extra funds.

TSPR Emily Boyer

Illinois' public colleges and universities have weathered the two year budget impasse and are once again expecting routine state aid payments. As the schools look ahead, they're working to secure their financial footing and publicly rebound from the ordeal.

The Iowa Department of Corrections released a statement saying the Iowa State Penitentiary employee who was injured during an attack by an inmate Wednesday morning is in stable condition at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

Jason Parrott

More cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported at a western Illinois veterans' home, more than two years after an outbreak killed 12 people and sickened 54 at the facility.

Garret Selters, 29, of Burlington faces one count of first degree murder in connection with the death of his mother, Linda Selters, 56, also of Burlington. Linda Selters died Tuesday night at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

Miranda Corbett

Sofia Tagkaloglou is part of a student group that was inspired during an Environmental Studies course to try bringing solar energy to the Knox College campus. The project began in winter 2015 and was fully realized this summer.

The state of Illinois has taken another step toward improving its financial situation, selling $1.5 billion in bonds to help pay down the backlog of overdue bills.

Rich Egger

The West Prairie District 103 Board of Education is working to address challenges and create a vision for the coming years, and it is asking for help from the public.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent much of the past few years bad-mouthing the Illinois economy — saying his agenda would turn things around. But not everyone in his administration is sounding the alarm.

The Iowa Attorney General's Office is recommending no criminal charges be filed against two Burlington police officers involved in a fatal shooting this month.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

McDonough District Hospital has replaced its 2D mammography machine with a unit that takes both 2D and 3D images. 

The field of candidates for the three open seats on the Burlington City Council is now set following Tuesday's primary election. The top six finishers advance to the Nov. 7 general election.

Rich Egger

Construction is complete on the greenhouse at Macomb High School, while construction is just getting started on the renovation project at Lincoln School.

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Funeral arrangements have been set for Kirsten Wrieden, 46, of Keokuk, who died Tuesday morning after being hit by a vehicle while out on a walk. Wrieden was a 1st grade teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University's strategic plan, Higher Values in Higher Education, states, "Western Illinois University's highest priority is to increase faculty and staff salaries to meet and exceed the mean of peer institutions."  Faculty members reminded the school's Board of Trustees of that goal during the Board's most recent meeting.

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The small, white dilapidated building at 221 E. Jackson St. has sat empty for more than  a decade. The building formerly operated as a Maid Rite restaurant. It is described as a 720 square foot tool shed in McDonough County's property records.

Illinois’ new school funding plan — approved in August and hailed as a historic change — relies on the legislature to give every school the same state aid it got last year, plus push another $350 million through a new formula. That $350 million is crucial because it’s the part designed to address the inequity that has plagued Illinois schools for decades.

 

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, a Democrat from Shorewood, wants to make sure lawmakers don't skip that step.

Illinois politicians continue reacting to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. Their responses are often falling along party lines.

A majority of the Democratic candidates running for Illinois governor took the stage during a forum Tuesday at Northern Illinois University. The five Democrats had a common target for much of the evening: incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.


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Ameren Illinois held a demonstration in Galesburg to show how it's starting to use drones to resolve power outages more quickly.

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Ben Trane sat inside the 2nd floor courtroom of the south Lee County Courthouse, Monday morning, wearing a brown Lee County Jail jumpsuit and shackles. He was there to request the court release him from police custody while his criminal case proceeds.

The Burlington Department, Monday afternoon, identified Marquis Jones, 27, of Burlington as the man who was shot and killed by a Burlington Police Officer during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon. The department had withheld Jones’ name pending the notification of his family.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

UPDATE: The Macomb Police Department has made two arrests following a report of gun shots fired over the weekend near the campus of Western Illinois University.

Jonathan Ahl

Rock Hanson's name adorns the football field at Western Illinois University.  Now a statue of the Marine and coach looks out over the stadium.

Southeastern Community College is looking for ways to increase enrollment, even as it waits to release its official student count for Fall 2017.  President Michael Ash said community colleges focus primarily on recruiting students from local high schools. He said, though, that that is becoming more of a challenge.

Communities around the globe hold Critical Mass bicycle rides.  Some of the events draw thousands of riders in large cities, while smaller communities such as Macomb sometimes attract just a handful.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates there were roughly 40,000 homeless veterans across the country in 2016. A new tri states organization believes the construction of tiny homes could help reduce that number.

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