TSPR Local

GOP’s Jim Watson
11:35 am
Thu November 15, 2012

West Central Illinois Lawmaker Resigns

Jim Watson

A lawmaker from the tri states is stepping down -- just days after he won re-election.  

State Representative Jim Watson (R-Jacksonville) said he will leave the seat to take over as executive director of the Illinois Petroleum Council.  The group represents oil refineries, marketers and others in the industry.

Watson's final day in the General Assembly will be December 3.  He's been a lawmaker for more than a decade, so he said the decision to leave was a tough one to make.

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Dilapidated Properties
6:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Macomb Ready for Round Two of Fix or Flatten

Macomb City Hall
Credit Rich Egger

A city memo said the Macomb Community Development Office and the City Attorney Office have provided aldermen with another list of private properties to consider for the “Fix or Flatten” program.

Under the program, the city acquires and demolishes dilapidated buildings unless the owners act to bring them up to code.

City Attorney Kristen Petrie told aldermen the initial “Fix or Flatten” program this year spurred some property owners into fixing or tearing down structures before the city stepped in.

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Museums Reopen After Construction
9:26 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

NCLHS Expects Busy Season

Fort Madison's AT&SF Depot Complex

The North Lee County Historical Society is anticipating a busy holiday season now that its downtown museums are back open for business.

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Events through Thursday
2:27 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

WIU Holds First Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender students are an increasing population at Western Illinois University. To help the community understand the challenges and issues these people face, WIU is holding its first ever Transgender Awareness week.

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Advance Illinois
10:56 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Room for Improvement in Illinois Schools

The education advocacy group Advance Illinois has issued a "report card" on the state's public schools. It says things are improving -- but not nearly enough.

Some of the findings are scandalous: only one-third of Illinois fourth graders can read proficiently, and for African Americans, that number is just 12%.

Advance pulled those numbers from a federal study known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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