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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. 4:00- 4:30pm with News Director Rich Egger.

Local New Updates also at 5:35pm and 6:35pm Monday- Friday.

Rich Egger

Dr. Timothy Sellnow, a Professor of Strategic Communication at the University of Central Florida, researches topics such as pre-crisis planning.  He said he has spent a lot of time studying communities damaged by flooding and found two cities in North Dakota that offer some lessons.

TSPR Emily Boyer

Students are able to pick up a week's worth of food when they visit the food pantry on Western Illinois University's Macomb Campus.  The food pantry is open every Thursday from 12:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. this spring semester and will continue operating one day a week this summer with plans of expanding to two days a week this fall.   

Passing a state budget is arguably the most important thing the Illinois General Assembly does every year — or at least should do every year.

After last year's drama — when a two-year standoff ended with a Republican revolt against Governor Bruce Rauner — it's an open question about how things will go this year.

So I set out to answer a simple question: Will there be another impasse?

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The Illinois Department of Transportation said that beginning Monday, April 16, it will close all four lanes of U.S. Route 34 from Illinois 164 east of Monmouth to Main Street in Galesburg to make improvements.  The project is scheduled to last into October.

There was a rare meeting Thursday among Gov. Bruce Rauner and the top leaders of the Illinois General Assembly.

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Members of the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) Local 4100 will hold a strike authorization vote on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses as contract talks with the administration drag on. The union represents faculty, advisors, admissions counselors, and other counselors, according to Chapter President Bill Thompson.

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The Des Moines County Conservation Office officially opened its newest public conservation area Wednesday afternoon.  The Harold and Mildred Lindner Conservation Area is located along 170th Street, near Highway 61 south of Sperry, Iowa.

Ben Trane is asking the court to grant him a new criminal trial. Trane was convicted last December of child endangerment, sexual exploitation by a counselor, and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.  Prosecutors said he committed the crimes during his time in charge of Midwest Academy, which was a Lee County-based boarding school for troubled teens.

Patsy Cline and Hank Williams never performed together. Her records did not hit the charts until 1957 – four years after he passed away.  But that didn't deter Macomb-based musicians Lysa Fox and Bill Maakestad.

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) reported on a survey conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in early March.  The RTDNA said the results, which were released in early April, show 77% of Americans believe responsible journalists report "fake news" at least occasionally, and 31% believe journalists report "fake news" regularly.

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Keokuk City Administrator Aaron Burnett has reached a preliminary agreement to become the next city administrator in Mason City, Iowa. Burnett said pending approval by the Mason City City Council, his last day on the job in Keokuk will be June 22.

Rich Egger

The Board of Trustees at Western Illinois University said it will stand by the administration despite last month's "no confidence" vote by faculty.  65% of faculty members who returned their ballot stated they do not have confidence in the administration.  

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When Macomb-based musician Chris Vallillo released his album Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement in 2015, he knew he wanted to make it into a bigger production. That dream will be realized this week.

It's been several days since the polls closed for the Fort Madison School District’s $30 million bond referendum for a new school and new athletic fields, and votes are still being coming in. As it turns out, the late arrivals are making the already close results even closer.

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Major Dennis Kramer joined the Burlington Police Department on Jan. 1, 1988 as a Communication Operator. 30 years later, he's been tapped to lead the department.

Miranda Corbett

The food you throw out every day might be contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates about one-third of all food produced in the United States is wasted. Throwing out leftovers and food scraps contribute to that number.

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Western Illinois University faculty members took a vote of "no confidence" in the administrative leadership for the first time. It passed with 65% of those who voted stating they do not have confidence and 33% voting they do.

McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker announced last year he would not seek a fourth term, and this week he told the county board he won’t complete his third term, which runs through the end of November. He said he plans to retire effective May 1.

A majority of voters in the Central Lee and Fort Madison School Districts supported plans during Tuesday’s special elections to borrow millions of dollars for new construction or facility improvements. But the majorities were not large enough to claim victory.

Results from contested races in Tuesday's Municipal Elections in Clark and Lewis Counties.

Clark County Ambulance District - District #1 – 3 year term (Choose 1)

  • Steven Howell – 85%
  • Keane Morrison – 15%

Clark County Ambulance District - District #4 – 3 year term (Choose 1)

  • Gary Whitaker – 45%
  • Connie Handyside – 55%

Clark County Nursing Home District - District #2 – 3 year term (Choose 1)

TSPR's Rich Egger

Former McDonough County sheriff candidate Justin Lundgren was back in court regarding his late mother's estate.  Lundgren's siblings are asking a judge to remove him as executor, citing $76,000 in online bank transfers from the estate account to his personal account.

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The Western Illinois University’s Board of Trustees will discuss a no confidence vote taken by the faculty at its next meeting.

Governor Bruce Rauner’s office has been criticized by a state audit.

TSPR Emily Boyer

The Faculty Senate conducted the vote by mail over a two week period and tallied the results Friday.

The Macomb Feminist Network celebrated Women's History Month by recognizing the accomplishments of four local women.  

Rich Egger

Trenton Sealock said he moved around a lot and had a lot of stepdads while growing up. He dropped out of high school when he was a sophomore and has gotten into trouble with the law ever since.  "I've come to jail for stupid crimes," he said.

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Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers said she is withdrawing her nominating papers and will not run for a second term.  She made the announcement in a news release issued Monday.

More than 80 people – many of them Macomb High School students -- braved the cold, blustery, and rainy conditions Saturday morning to demonstrate as part of the national March for Our Lives movement.  The local protest was organized by students.  They're calling for political action to end gun violence and mass shootings in schools and society.

Rich Egger

Edgar Rodriguez is finishing up his Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management at Western Illinois University.  He will now get a chance to put to use what he has learned because the McDonough County Board unanimously voted in favor hiring him to be the county's Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) director.

As big box stores continue to close, some worry Illinois isn't ready for the changing economy.

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