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"Rain Clearing, Breezy Overnights" Comes to WIU

Feb 10, 2017
Breanna Descourouez

Western Illinois University hosted the art exhibit, "Rain Clearing, Breezy Overnights," in the Annex Building in conjunction with the Department of Art's "First Wednesday" event in February.  The show highlighted Matt Pulford's paintings, photographs, and 3-D pieces.

Rich Egger

The street that goes through the heart of the Western Illinois University is in poor condition right now. All the traffic -- especially from buses and trucks - has been tough on the asphalt road so the city plans to remake Western Avenue during the summer months.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison is not commenting on the "suspension of services" at its minimum security facility and what it could mean for staffing at the facility.

Burlington's teachers do not believe they should be asked for ideas to trim the budget for next year while also negotiating an employment contract for that same time period.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

It appears a business that got its start in Keokuk just a few years ago is ready to return home.  The city council authorized City Administrator Aaron Burnett and Mayor Tom Marion to negotiate a lease agreement with Trident Nature Technologies

The Keokuk School District is remaining tight-lipped about an apparent licensing issue with its high school show choir program even though the topic came up during a public event in the community in late January.

Breanna Descourouez

Adam Colgan remembers the exact date he first tried snowboarding.  "January 22nd, 2011," he said, adding nothing about that day's fun in the snow seemed unusual at the time.

The mayor of LaHarpe faces prison time and removal from office for allegedly using city staff and equipment for personal gain in November 2016. 

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has identified the victim of a homicide in Keokuk as Lori Williams, 54, of 222 Concert Street.  Keokuk police found Williams' body in her home Monday morning.

T.J. Carson

Superintendent Ralph Grimm announced he will retired June 30, and the two longest-serving members of the school board have removed their names from the ballot for this spring's elections.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Tammy McCoy did not have a lot of time to sit back and relax during the first Battle of the Brushes in downtown Burlington. As director of the Burlington Art Center, she did her best to make sure the larger than expected crowd was having a good time.

Jane Carlson/Forgottonia Photography

More than two dozen people gathered on a foggy January evening in downtown Rushville. Some drove from Mount Sterling, Macomb, and even as far away as Carthage to talk about the arts and rural communities.

Illinois Information Service

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner struck an upbeat tone in his third State of the State address Wednesday.  He also tried to project an image of someone willing to compromise -- but in such a way that Democrats say he glossed over his own role in the crisis that's hobbling Illinois government.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Nick Ludwick's final day on the job as Warden at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison is Friday, Jan. 27. He's retiring after a four decade career in corrections in Michigan and Iowa.

The Arab student population has been growing at Western Illinois University in recent years even though Macomb can feel like a completely different world for those coming to WIU from the Middle East.

Western Illinois March for Women

Jan 21, 2017
Rich Egger

Hundreds of people marched through the streets of downtown Galesburg Saturday morning in conjunction with the Women's March in Washington D.C. and similar demonstrations around the globe.

T.J. Carson

Galesburg has released more details about its plan to replace privately-owned lead water service lines.  City Engineer Wayne Carl said the city will start by replacing lines at 500 homes it deems the highest priority:

T.J. Carson

Construction of the East Main Street underpass is the biggest road project scheduled to begin in Galesburg this year.  But the city plans to tackle plenty of other projects too.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The Lee County Board is considering a proposal to spend $800,000 on its buildings over the next 18 months.  The county's maintenance department included $400,000 in its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which begins July 1, 2017. It also would like to spend an additional $400,000 to its FY17 budget.

A Keokuk chiropractor must pay a $500 fine as part of a settlement with the Iowa Board of Chiropractic.

Rich Egger

There is still plenty of mystery about how personality forms.  Researchers at Knox College are probing the mystery and they hope for some help from the public.

T.J. Carson

The Galesburg School District is looking at short-term and long-term solutions to get its financial house in order.

Jason Parrott

There is an effort to revive one of western Illinois' fabled high school conferences. Sherrard Superintendent Alan Boucher sent out letters the final week of December to area small schools about bringing back the Olympic Conference.

The Illinois Supreme Court considered a case Thursday that asks whether not-for-profit hospitals have to pay property taxes.

Illinois General Assembly

Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) was sworn in Wednesday for the new session of the Illinois General Assembly. Tracy will serve a two-year Senate term representing the 47th District. She ran unopposed to fill the seat left vacant by retiring Democrat John Sullivan of Rushville.

Burlington Police Dept.

The Burlington Police Department has charged two men in connection with the death of Kedarie Johnson, 16, of Burlington in March 2016.

Rich Egger

Representatives from the Macomb School District, the city, McDonough District Hospital, and the YMCA are still studying whether it's feasible to build a new middle school and community center.

Jonathan Ahl

Monsignor Richard Pricco took a job in 1977 that no one else wanted. Several priests turned down the job as Pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church and School in Macomb.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The city of Keokuk has hired Keokuk Contractors to demolish the former Elks Lodge at 601 Blondeau Street. The building, which was built in 1911, is more commonly known to many in the area as the former Palace nightclub.

Rich Egger

More than 4.6 million people rode an Amtrak train in Illinois in 2016. Overall ridership on Illinois routes was down about 3.5% from 2015. In Macomb, ridership dropped to about 68,000. 

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