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The Burlington School District is trying to improve the educational opportunities for its students through more personal interaction and additional offerings. That starts with the restructuring of the day-to-day schedule for high school students.

The U.S. House has overwhelmingly approved legislation to change the way the Environmental Protection Agency reviews and evaluates potentially toxic and dangerous chemicals used in commerce.

The existing Toxic Substances Control Act, written in 1976, is seen as a failure by many business and environmental organizations. Members of Congress say it has built-in weaknesses and unnecessary complexities that prevent the EPA from doing its job.

A federal lawsuit alleges that the Illinois Department of Corrections use of solitary confinement is “cruel, inhumane and offensive to basic human decency.”

The complaint says about 23 hundred people in Illinois prisons are in solitary on any given day -- and that many of those people are there for very minor infractions.

Brian Nelson spent 23 years in solitary.

“I paced 18 hours every day, and they had to cut blood blisters off my feet,” Nelson said. “Consider an animal in the zoo-- we don’t put them in an environment like that.”

Governor Bruce Rauner has approved the portion of the state budget earmarked for public schools. His move yesterday ensures schools will be able to open on time.

The legislation even increases funding for education by more than $200 million dollars over the previous year. But the new money has strings attached.

Illinois schools will be able to open on time this fall, despite an ongoing budget stalemate at the statehouse.

Schools not having the money to operate had been a worry, given Gov. Bruce Rauner's condemnation of the spending plan passed by Democratic legislators.

It isn't anymore.

T.J. Carson

Glory Days Barbershop is more than just a barbershop. The small one-room building is also utilized as a concert space and to display works from local artists.

Kyle Rohweder purchased it two years ago as his career in a punk rock band was winding down. Rohweder said the shop needs of renovations.

 Democrats are accusing Governor Bruce Rauner of "dodging" questions about how much his top staff are making. Just how much Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is costing taxpayers was supposed to be the subject of a hearing, called by House Revenue Chairman John Bradley.

But when he asked repeatedly "is there anyone from the governor's office here to testify?" there was silence.

No one from the governor's office showed. That's a breach of legislative decorum that's virtually unheard of.

Future of Lee County's Emergency Dispatch Center Debated

Jun 23, 2015
Jasonn Parrott

Some big questions must be answered about the future of Lee County's combined emergency dispatch center. The agreement that created LeeComm expires next summer and there are concerns it will not be renewed.

The Illinois General Assembly doesn't typically meet during the summer. But legislators are back for another one-day session today.

Photo courtesy of Western Illinois University

Macomb's annual Heritage Days festival is right around the corner and will offer an opportunity to help those in need. The John Bliven Memorial Walk/Run is in its 15th year and is hosted by Samaritan Well, a local non-profit organization that provides shelter for men, women, and children in need.

Rachel Otwell

Just a few of the budget bills Democrats passed have made it to Governor Bruce Rauner's desk --- where he has the ability to sign them into law, reject them entirely, or cut down the levels of spending.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

A fire Friday morning at the future home of a restaurant and billiards parlor in Macomb might delay opening day for the business.

Rich Egger

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) said he will not run for another term in the Illinois legislature. His seat is up for election in 2016.

T.J. Carson

The man who led the Galesburg School District for the past three years is ready to turn over the reins.  Friday is the final day on the job for Superintendent Bart Arthur.

T.J. Carson

One new exhibit planned for the Discovery Depot in Galesburg could bring in a flow of visitors.  The children’s museum said it will add a water exhibit as part of its expansion plans.