The difference between Illinosi towns that thrived and those that faded away, many times, was the presence of a railroad. That’s according to historian and chair of Western Illinois University's Department of History, Simon Cordery.
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.
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.