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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.

If you listened to Bruce Rauner on the campaign trail, you'd think that he would want to steer clear of Illinois' lawmakers. He reviled them. Especially those who had long careers in Springfield. Rauner, remember, ran on a platform advocating for term limits. But that was before he won election. Now, as he prepares to be Illinois' next governor, Rauner has spent a time reaching out to the politicians he'd once vilified. Amanda Vinicky checked in with some of them about how it went.

Higher than anticipated construction bids have forced the Lee County Conservation Board to consider scaling back its new building.

Governor Pat Quinn said he will sign into a law a measure the Illinois House and Senate rapidly approved Thursday.

Rich Egger

The city is completing land acquisitions as part of the plan to improve West Adams Street from Lafayette to Johnson.

T.J. Carson

The Buchanan Center for the Arts is starting the new year with a new executive director.

Kristyne Gilbert Bradford was named to the position this week.  She replaced Susan Twomey, who served as executive director the past eight years.

Bradford completed her Master’s degree at Western Illinois University.  While at WIU, Bradford was a teaching assistant in the Department of English & Journalism.

The Office of Public Safety at Western Illinois University won a body camera valued at about $900 at a police conference. Now the agency is deciding whether to outfit all its officers with a camera. 

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn leaves office next week. The Democrat has been in politics for most of his career.

He spoke Tuesday in Chicago.

"I believe in petition passing and I believe in referendums and I think those are things we need to have more of in Illinois, at the local level, in particular."

Quinn suggests having voters weigh in on budgets affecting the mentally ill and abused children.

He also says he’ll continue to raise awareness for veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder.

Illinois lawmakers missed a Jan. 1 deadline to approve a state-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Without its own exchange, the state forfeits millions of federal dollars while leaving consumers vulnerable to paying more for insurance.

Illinois was facing dual deadlines last month when lawmakers made a final effort to create its own marketplace. The first was the looming New Year---which they blew past last week, losing out on as much as $270 million.

Illinois lawmakers will be back in Springfield Thursday for a special session. They're set to debate holding a special election for the office of Comptroller. Other ideas are on the table too.

The stir over what to do about the Comptroller's office began when, just before she was to be sworn in for a second term, Judy Baar Topinka suddenly passed away.

Next week, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will appoint Leslie Munger -- a businesswoman and failed candidate for state representative -- to fill Topinka's spot for the next four years.

A hearing will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20 to determine where a lawsuit filed against several members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors will be heard.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has identified the woman killed in an officer-involved shooting in Burlington, Tuesday morning, as Autumn Steele, 34.

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Immigration status alone will no longer be a valid reason for the Illinois State Police to detain someone, under an order issued by Governor Pat Quinn.

T.J. Carson

The holiday season centers around the spirit of giving and assisting those in need. The Fish Food Pantry does that by providing food to Knox County families in need.

Starting this year, home sellers in Illinois need to provide more information to potential buyers. 

Illinois already requires disclosure of problems like asbestos, radon, lead paint... and even if a home was used as a meth lab.  Add to that list... issues with doors and windows.

Some may be warped or leak... and lead to bigger concerns.  

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