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  • 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.

Communities around the globe hold Critical Mass bicycle rides.  Some of the events draw thousands of riders in large cities, while smaller communities such as Macomb sometimes attract just a handful.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates there were roughly 40,000 homeless veterans across the country in 2016. A new tri states organization believes the construction of tiny homes could help reduce that number.

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J.B. Pritzker, who is seeking the Democratic  nomination for Illinois governor, shares the label of wealthy Chicago businessman with incumbent Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. But Pritzker said he is much different from Rauner. 

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The Western Illinois University administration and the union representing teachers and staff are headed to mediation after almost a year of contract negotiations.  The university's contract with the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) expired over the summer so both sides continue to operate under the old agreement.

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Lee County Sheriff Deputy Uriah Wheatley described his new partner, Gunner, as "spunky" on the job and "chill" after hours. Gunner is a black German Shepard, and the two put on a display of their abilities following the recent Lee County Board meeting at the county jail.

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The Interfaith Alliance of Macomb hosted what it called a Community United Celebration in Chandler Park.  The idea was to promote peace, unity, and understanding.

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The Clark County School District expected to break ground on the new Indian Pride Learning Center this fall. But that won't happen now that the school board rejected the first round of construction bids because they came in well over budget.

About 30 people attended an informational meeting in Fort Madison Tuesday afternoon that was organized by the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). Representatives of PERB have been traveling the state ahead of hundreds of upcoming certification votes for public sector bargaining units.

Galesburg will join an international art project this month when artist Julien de Casabianca brings one of his latest projects to town.

15 people are running for three open seats on the Burlington City Council. The Oct. 10 primary election will narrow the field from 15 to six ahead of the Nov. 7 general election.  Tri States Public Radio spoke with the candidates ahead of the primary, including Ryan Rogers.

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A feasibility study commissioned by the Macomb Food Cooperative found that moving the group's store into a larger space in the near future would be too much, too soon.

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47th District State Senator Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) was the guest speaker at the August meeting of the McDonough County Interagency Council.  Tracy spoke about her background working as a lawyer and her nearly eight year tenure as a state representative for the 94th district.

Another former Lee County Jail inmate has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming his civil rights were violated during his incarceration. Michael Cassady said in his lawsuit that he did not receive proper medical care while housed in the jail for roughly 18 months starting in January 2015.

Rich Egger

Former Macomb alderman Ryan Hansen will continue to privately manage Spring Lake Park for the next five years. The new contract goes into effect when the current three-year agreement expires at the end of December, 2017.     

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A major summer construction project has just wrapped up in downtown Macomb and the city is already looking ahead to possibly making more improvements in a couple of years.

More than two months after the Illinois General Assembly finally approved a state budget, Gov. Bruce Rauner is moving ahead with a plan to begin cutting into the $15 billion backlog of bills.

Over 200 people rallied outside the state capitol building in Springfield over the weekend to show support for immigrants.

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Great River Health Systems has announced plans to build a new urgent care clinic in Keokuk. The West Burlington-based health care provider said the new nearly $7 million facility will help it address a growing number of patients.

Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in a raid at Midwest Academy in January 2016 that was carried out because of claims of abuse at the boarding school for troubled teens. Now, the owner of the school in Lee County is facing multiple charges in connection with the investigation.

Rich Egger

A University of Illinois researcher said the state's two-year budget crisis has hurt the state's public universities and community colleges.

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The WIU administration blames the uncertainty caused by the two year state budget impasse for this year's drop in enrollment.

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Dr. Jim Green of NASA visited Burlington, Iowa in late August to mark an important milestone: the 30th anniversary of relocating a telescope to the brand new John Witte Observatory. The event was significant to Green because he used that telescope while attending Burlington High School.

Rich Egger

The McDonough County Health Department temporarily closed a popular Mexican restaurant in Macomb. Guadalajara Bar and Grill on East Jackson Street passed a routine health inspection with conditions on Monday, August 28. The health department noted in its report four violations that could present a food borne illness risk and three repeat violations.

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Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation said new locomotives will be put into use on a number of routes, including the Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg service between Quincy and Chicago.

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Many students and teachers across Illinois are settling into their new routines as the school year gets underway. But some classrooms remain in flux due to a shortage of teachers.

WATCH-LISTEN: State Budget Forum - Macomb

Aug 30, 2017

NPR Illinois and Tri States Public Radio host the seventh Illinois Issues Forum on the state's financial health and the lasting impacts of the two-year-long state budget impasse.

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The superintendent of the Macomb School District told Tri States Public Radio that a new middle school will be built with or without the Community First project.

Illinois lawmakers have been called back to the capitol a few times this summer to weigh in on big state issues during legislative special sessions.  Tri States Public Radio recently caught up with Senator Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) when she visited to Macomb. She spoke with TSPR about the two biggest votes of the summer so far: the state budget and K-12 school funding.

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The public comment portion of Burlington City Council meetings is designed to let citizens address aldermen, so it was a little unusual for one of its own to step to the podium Monday night. But Mayor Shane McCampbell had a purpose: to encourage City Manager Jim Ferneau to rescind his resignation, which Ferneau submitted August 4.

Next week as classes begin, Northwood Kensett secondary principal Keith Fritz will include something in his fall assembly speech that’s not heard often in Iowa schools.

“I mention, in addition to ‘we have the right to search your lockers, guys, we’re going to have a great year this year,” he says. "Those of you who hunt, federal firearms regulations prohibit you from having those on campus.’ And that’s all it takes, they just comply.” 

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