TSPR Local

Rollout a Long Time Coming
10:11 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Video Poker Now Available in Illinois

You can now win money from playing video poker at Illinois bars.  

There are 65 establishments in Illinois that can legally pay out for video gaming wins and many more are awaiting the go-ahead from the state.

The rollout has been long time in coming. Illinois lawmakers approved video poker in 2009 but it's taken a few years for regulators to set it up.

"It's All About Wine,” which is a wine shop and bar in Springfield, is one of the more than 300 bars, fraternal organizations and truck stops that have a license to operate video poker machines.

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Rental Space Possible
10:57 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Montrose Could Buy Buildings

Park Ridge Workshop in Montrose, IA

Montrose residents are being asked to help the city make a big, financial decision.

The city is interested in purchasing Park Ridge Workshop for $100,000.  The three-building complex was previously used for light industrial work.

Mayor Bobby Reid says Montrose owns the land, but an individual owns the buildings.

He says the city could use about 1/3 of the 30,000 square feet of available space for city offices, a maintenance shop and possibly a community center.

The remaining space could be rented out for commercial or industrial use.

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Residents Say Before Election Day
7:17 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Fertilizer Plant Meeting Likely

Lee County now knows some of the concerns residents have about the production plant Iowa Fertilizer Company plans to build near Wever.

Lori Beckert lives between Wever and Fort Madison.  She attended the Lee County Board of Supervisors meeting on Oct. 2 for one reason.

Beckert asked the board for a special meeting in Wever about the fertilizer plant so residents and future neighbors can get answers to their questions.

The supervisors said they wanted to see a list of questions/topics for the meeting before they would set a time/date/location.

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Honored for Short Stories
6:47 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Literary Award for Knox College Professor

Chad Simpson
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Chad Simpson during a book release party at Market Alley Wines in Monmouth

The University of Iowa Press chooses two winners each year for the Iowa Short Fiction Awards. One of the winners this year is Chad Simpson of Knox College.

Simpson received the 2012 John Simmons Short Fiction Award. As part of the honor, the University of Iowa Press just published Simpson’s collection of short stories Tell Everyone I Said Hi.

Simpson said his stories often take a somber tone.

“What gets me started writing a story usually is an image that I want to get to, and in order to get to that image I have to find a kind of tone,” Simpson said.

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City Will Create Virtual Museum
11:42 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Monmouth Wins Broadband Innovation Money

  • Interview with Paul Schuytema

Monmouth will receive $10,000 from the inaugural Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund. The state received 113 applications for the grant program. Just 14 winners were selected.

Monmouth Director of Community Development Paul Schuytema said his city was the only municipality chosen.

“That’s pretty exciting, and to be a municipality that’s not like Chicago but a little bitty town of 9,400 people in the cornfields, it’s a great honor,” Schuytema said. “We’re looking forward to delivering some good work and sharing it.”

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