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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. 4:30- 5:00pm with News Director Rich Egger.

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

T.J. Carson

The mayor of Monmouth gave a mostly optimistic view of his city in his annual State of the City address. Rod Davies told business leaders that “exciting times” are ahead. He used Farmland Foods and Monmouth College as examples.

Chris King, 40, was arrested after a lengthy investigation into him having illegal sexual contact with several teenage girls. King served on the Burlington City Council from 2002-2005.

According to the Burlington Police Department, "On Feb. 7, Burlington detectives were notified by multiple concerned parents that their daughters had been sexually abused."

Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to cut the state budget took a spectacular fall Wednesday in the Illinois House.

The new Republican governor's plan reduces Illinois' budget by $6 billion for the next fiscal year.

That means doing away with, or spending less, on everything from healthcare for the poor, autism services and support for older foster kids.

No GOP legislator has actually introduced a bill that would precipitate those cuts. So in a surprise move, the Democratic Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan, took it upon himself.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA2) said Wednesday afternoon that he's keeping an eye on the ongoing labor dispute at the site of Iowa Fertilizer Company's new production plant near Wever.  He said he's concerned about the fact that Iowans were laid off when a new subcontractor was hired last month.

The Burlington School District and the Burlington Education Association have reached an agreement on a new contract for the 2015/2016 school year. 

It calls for the teachers to receive a 4% increase in total compensation, which includes salary, benefits and retirement, among others.

Library of Congress

A grand jury is taking testimony as part of a federal investigation into former Congressman Aaron Schock's (R-IL) expenses.

Ken Thermon

Residents of the 500 block of North Johnson Street awoke to the sound and sight of numerous law enforcement agencies busting a meth making operation.

Courtesy of Sara Boeckelman

The National Weather Service reported Macomb received 2.98 inches of rain in about two hours Monday evening. Streets flooded as the city's storm water system struggled to keep pace.

Jason Parrott

The head of Iowa's economic development agency said she will try to facilitate communication between labor leaders and the people who are overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in Lee County that recently issued layoffs.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Chaddock CEO Debbie Reed said Sunday's groundbreaking for a new school in Quincy was an amazing moment for her organization.  She said many, many people have worked hard to make it a reality.

*Update - according to the Illinois State Board of Elections, the hearing originally scheduled for May 7, has been delayed until the morning of June 10.

The State Board of Elections will hold a hearing to determine whether Governor Bruce Rauner's campaign violated state elections law.

Bruce Rauner's campaign spent at least $65 million to win the governor's office. Now, state election authorities are looking into whether he missed a deadline to report some of that success.

Youth Solitary Confinement Is No More In Illinois

May 5, 2015

An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union says solitary confinement for juveniles is essentially over in Illinois. 

A federal judge recently signed off on an agreement between the ACLU and the Department of Juvenile Justice. 

The agreement bans the use of solitary as punishment and requires all juveniles to get eight hours a day outside their cells.

T.J. Carson

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) is looking for ways to ensure women are treated more fairly in the workplace. On Monday she held a meeting with women business leaders in Galesburg as part of what she's calling a week-long women’s economic security tour. Tuesday she'll visit the communities of Peoria and Cuba.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Iowa's executive branch will pay another $7 million to the company that oversaw construction of the state's problem-riddled maximum-security prison in Lee County.

The State Appeals Board voted Monday to approve the settlement with Walsh Construction to avoid litigation over the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison .

The 800-bed prison remains empty more than a year after it was scheduled to open.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

Macomb’s commitment to urban forestry has been recognized for the 23rd consecutive year. The Arbor Day Foundation designated the town as Tree City U.S.A.

City Forester Tim Howe said his department works to maintain older trees and plant new ones.

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