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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.

Rich Egger

Superintendent Mark Twomey said the middle school was combined with the high school about a quarter-century ago with the idea that it was just a temporary fix. So he feels a change is long overdue.

Lisa Ryan

The Illinois State Museum is in danger of losing is accreditation, and Governor Bruce Rauner's administration said there is no way to know whether the museum will ever reopen.

Top officials of the state board of education declined to appear before a House committee yesterday to answer questions about costly perks being paid to the board’s superintendent, Tony Smith. Smith was appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, and receives a stipend on top of his $225,000 salary. 

Illinois lawmakers' one-day session Tuesday yielded no budget breakthroughs. The state's been without a spending plan for what'll soon reach five months.

Iowa State Penitentiary

A document released by the Iowa State Penitentiary reveals the amount of planning and preparation behind an inmate's escape over the summer. It also says prison policies and procedures were not followed, helping lead to the escape.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Presidential candidates are starting to make their way to Lee County, Ia., with both U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), seeking the Democratic nomination, and former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) visiting Fort Madison in the last week.

Based on their stops in the state, the two candidates are taking dramatically different approaches to winning the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 1st.

Members of the Illinois House and Senate will be in Springfield again Tuesday, but there's still no budget deal for them to vote on.

Jonathan Ahl

The newest member of Congress has not decided who he will support for Speaker of the U.S. House.  Darin LaHood (R-IL) said he wants to hear from everyone interested in the job before making a decision.

T.J. Carson

The second time was the charm for a committee dedicated to reducing a $2 million dollar deficit in the Galesburg School District.

Rich Egger

It looks like the city of Macomb and Spring Lake Management won’t build a beach and allow public swimming as soon as they hoped.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

A downtown district's success depends a lot on whether people can easily access its retail shops and restaurants. A couple local cities are taking steps to make sure anyone who wants to visit their downtown districts can find a place to park.

Rich Egger

An open house will be held Sunday, October 18, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the historic site in a valley in western McDonough County. It's one of the few times Vishnu Springs is open to the public.

It was not your typical Tuesday afternoon at Beef, Bread & Brew in Keokuk. The parking lot was filled, the nearby side streets were lined with vehicles, and a major cable network had a satellite truck parked outside. The restaurant was filled with more than 100 people eager to meet U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who brought his Presidential campaign to Lee County.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Montrose closed a portion of River Road south of the city in June after heavy rain washed away a portion of the street. It remains closed because the city has said it cannot afford to repair it -- those repairs would likely include stabilization of the hill above and below the road.

T.J. Carson

K-12 schools in Illinois have received financial support from the state; their funding was the only part of the budget signed this year by Governor Bruce Rauner.  That leaves a western Illinois lawmaker worried about funding for students who choose to continue their education after high school.

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