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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.

Burlington will not accept state funding to replace Cascade Bridge, which has been closed to vehicle traffic for years.

Tri States Public Radio

On the popular reality television show Survivor, contestants are sent to a remote location and put through a series of difficult physical and mental challenges. They fight to outwork and outsmart their opponents in order to earn the title of Survivor.        

There are 24 people from across the country trying to accomplish the same this weekend on a property located just outside of Macomb.

SIU President Randy Dunn avoided suspension Thursday, as trustees were split four-to-four on whether to place him on administrative leave.

In Illinois, somebody being paid minimum wage would have to work 99 hours a week to afford the average two-bedroom apartment. That means an individual would have to earn more than $20 an hour to be able to pay for that two-bedroom apartment.

Those statistics come from a June report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Illinois’ average cost for a two-bedroom apartment is just above $1,058 a month. Illinois’ minimum wage is $8.25 an hour

The Keokuk City Council has approved the employment contract between the city and its new city administrator, Cole O'Donnell. O'Donnell's first day on the job is expected to be Monday, July 9.

The family of Autumn Steele this week announced that it had settled a wrongful death lawsuit it filed in November 2016 against the city of Burlington and Burlington police officer Jesse Hill for $2 million. The city, in response, said it would not comment on the settlement until the court approves it.

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Western Illinois University continues to bend the ears of state leaders regarding a major construction project planned for the Macomb campus: the Center for Performing Arts.

Illinois is losing residents, according to recent census estimates, and common explanations include high taxes, unfriendly business policies or the state’s growing pension debt.

An article from the watchdog group Better Government Association examines those claims. The BGA’s senior editor, Bob Secter, says they distract from a deeper look at demographic trends.

Illinois will soon mint commemorative coins to mark the state’s 200th birthday. They're the latest in a string of products the state is offering to mark its bicentennial year.

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs hosted a several months-long contest, challenging designers to capture Illinois’ history on a single coin face. Submissions poured in from far and wide, but they were eventually whittled down to five finalists, whose designs were then voted on by the public.

Battling the EAB in Western Illinois

Jun 15, 2018

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has continued to spread through the tri states region.  Most recently the destructive insect has been found in McDonough County.

Illinois will host what could be the most expensive race for governor in U.S. history. The huge increase in campaign spending raises a lot of questions about the rise of big money in politics. Between now and the election, Illinois Issues will examine the impact in a series we're calling Money Machines.

The state of Illinois has a budget in place for next fiscal year, which will help public colleges and universities with their planning.  But the president of Western Illinois University said the state appropriation of $47.2 million for WIU falls short of what his school needs.

The debate continues over whether Illinois’ law allowing for taxpayer-funded abortions violates the state constitution. A trial judge dismissed the case last year but anti-abortion advocates are fighting back.  

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Keokuk has reached an agreement with Cole O'Donnell to serve as its next city administrator, pending a final vote by the City Council. O'Donnell said he's excited for the opportunity to serve the city and its residents.

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The vote totals for the June 5 primary in Lee County are now official. The list of candidates receiving votes includes Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack and Republican Governor Kim Reynolds as well as Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, and someone named Jim.

Macomb residents looking to flex their muscles can get a workout out at Veteran's Park.  About a half  dozen new workout machines were installed next to the park's playground. 

Watch the first Illinois Issues Forum from Springfield.  Our 2018 election coverage starts discussing the fiscal health of Illinois. 

Last year NPR Illinois toured the state in partnership with NPR member stations to hear how the two-year state budget impasse impacted communities in Illinois. The adoption of a budget provided some clarity for those affected but many challenges remain. 

This year, we aim to seek solutions to many of the fiscal problems that persist and discuss the prominent issues in the 2018 elections. 

Northern Public Radio

Keokuk has reached an agreement with Cole O’Donnell to be the next city administrator. O’Donnell would replace Aaron Burnett, who is leaving June 22 to take the same job with Mason City, Iowa.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas is completing his seventh year at the helm, yet he has never signed a contract with the school.  Instead the Board of Trustees has always signed a Letter of Employment with him.

In the Farrington school district, near Mount Vernon, a new teacher makes less than $29,000 — even with a master’s degree. Farrington is one of the lowest-paying districts, but state officials say some 7,000 teachers statewide makes less than $40,000.

A new state law just approved by the legislature would change that.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner used a trip to Quincy Tuesday afternoon to thank the Illinois General Assembly for passing a balanced budget that includes $53 million for the Illinois Veterans Home.

TSPR Emily Boyer

Western Illinois University will receive $47.2 million under the state's budget for Fiscal Year '19, which begins July 1, 2018.  That reflects a 2% funding increase for public higher education across the state.  WIU President Jack Thomas told Tri States Public Radio that the slight funding increase is helpful following several years of financial uncertainty including the two year state budget impasse. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed Illinois’ budget into law.

The polls have closed for the 2018 Primary Election in Iowa. The winners will move on to the 2018 General Election in November.

Keokuk has publicly announced the five finalists in its search for a new city administrator. They will travel to the city this weekend for their official interviews.

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A pair of Keokuk-based radio stations that were on the verge of signing off will remain on-air following a change in ownership.

Fort Madison Community Hospital and Blessing Health System (Quincy, Ill.) announced late Friday afternoon that they are closing the Keokuk Medical Center. The facility along Main Street in downtown Keokuk was open for about 2 ½ years.

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A man was able to walk away, Wednesday morning, from a grain bin accident in rural Des Moines County.

TSPR's Rich Egger

The first two lanes of the Highway 336 bypass around Macomb opened to traffic Friday afternoon.

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