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  • 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.

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Illinois State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) won her party's primary election this week. She'll face John Curtis of Macomb in the general election. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Nick Petitgout received 64% of the votes cast in the Republican primary for McDonough County on Tuesday. He defeated Justin Lundgren with 25% and Bryan Baca with 10% of the votes.

After what’s thought to be one of the most expensive primaries in Illinois history, billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker is the Democratic nominee for governor.  Incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner won the Republican primary, narrowly beating his only opponent, state Representative Jeanne Ives.

State Representative Norine Hammond of Macomb turned back a challenge in the Republican primary, and the number two in command at the McDonough County Sheriff's Department will get a chance to run the office.

The upcoming Keokuk School Board meeting might draw a larger crowd than normal. The additional observers are in response to the district's recent contract offers to its employees.

Lawmakers see chance for green with recreational marijuana.

Marijuana legalization is getting another look in Illinois, particularly for the money it could bring the state. The state has overdue bills nearing $9 billion after a more than two-year budget stalemate, and some argue a little extra cash could go a long way.

Hundreds of candidates from across Iowa claimed their spots on the June 5th primary ballot by filing their nominating petitions on or before the March 16 deadline. The result is that southeast Iowa residents will have plenty of decisions to make at the polls with some crowded fields up and down the ballot.

Hancock County State's Attorney's Office

Jason Pohren was 39.  He became state's attorney in December, 2014.  

State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) is trying to fend off a challenge by Joshua Griffith of Abingdon in the March 20 Illinois Republican primary election. Both candidates are getting some financial help from big donors.

Jordan Heston, 20, of Fort Madison was scheduled to go on trial this week for his role in a single vehicle crash in rural Lee County on December 2, 2016 that left one person dead and another severely injured. But the trial was put on hold after Heston accepted a plea agreement.

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Burlington is moving ahead with a significant reconfiguration of Mount Pleasant Street. The city said the goal of the project is to improve safety.

GEO Co-President On New Contract: ‘We Got What We Wanted’

Mar 14, 2018
Illinois Public Media

The Graduate Employees' Organization - or GEO - voted late last week on a new five-year contract with the University of Illinois. GEO Co-President Gus Wood said the new contract is an even better deal than what the union initially set out to get.

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McDonough County Sheriff's candidate Justin Lundgren is the executor of his mother's estate, but a judge has ordered him to temporarily stop spending estate assets.

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Jane Carlson, Director of Tri-States Audio Information Services (AIS), said she keeps a Helen Keller quote in her office: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The Fort Madison School District will hold a special election on April 3. Residents are again being asked to approve a plan to borrow $30 million to build a new elementary school and new high school baseball and softball fields.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University faculty members will cast ballots this month on whether they have confidence in the administration. Western's president and the chair of the Board of Trustees told Tri States Public Radio that they are taking the vote seriously.

The Central Lee School District has a long list of facility improvements it wants to complete in the next few years. But it needs the support of its constituents to make that happen.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

A couple hundred Burlington High School students staged a walkout.  They did so as part of an effort to raise awareness about the need to improve school safety and to put an end to the deadly school shootings that continue to plague the nation.

Rich Egger

A petition with signatures from about 24% of the Western Illinois University faculty has been submitted to the WIU Faculty Senate. It asks for a no confidence vote in the university's administration.

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Bryan Baca, a candidate for McDonough County Sheriff, said a bankruptcy from 15 years ago taught him a lot about how to handle money and be a fiscal conservative.

WUIS

State representatives in Illinois passed several gun control measures this week, a couple of them with bipartisan support. The move comes as a national debate is unfolding following the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

University of Illinois Graduate Workers Strike

Mar 2, 2018
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Graduate student employees on the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus are entering their fifth day of a week-long strike. Yesterday, academic colleges across the U of I campus reported 173 workers were on strike, forcing 139 classes to be canceled.

The city of Fort Madison is acknowledging that it took disciplinary action against some members of its police department. But what exactly led to the disciplinary action remains unanswered.

Hundreds of people descended on the statehouse Wednesday to urge legislators pass stricter gun regulations. Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense has chapters across the country; it was founded in 2012 as a response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.

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Justin Lundgren, a detective with the McDonough County Sheriff's Department, is involved in what he calls an "estate battle."  

Growing Signs that Some Charges Against Aaron Schock are on Shaky Ground

Feb 28, 2018
Cass Herrington

Growing sympathy for defense arguments, seeming confusion within the team of federal prosecutors, and a disgruntled judge are among the signs that key portions of the corruption case against former Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) might be at risk of unraveling.

Rich Egger

The Macomb School District is not saying much about the federal civil lawsuit filed against it and two of its administrators.  But that’s not stopping members of the community from speaking out about it.

Updated at 2:31 p.m. ET

The Supreme Court heard fiery arguments Monday in a case that could remove a key revenue stream for public sector unions.

A sharply divided court could be poised to overturn a 40-year-old Supreme Court decision that would further undermine an already shrinking union movement.

from the book

A Civil War soldier from Lewistown, Illinois and his wife regularly communicated during the war by writing each other letters.  Their correspondence is the subject of a new book that offers a different perspective of the War Between the States.

TSPR Emily Boyer

McDonough County State's Attorney Matt Kwacala told Tri States Public Radio there will be an investigation of the McDonough County Sheriff's Office following the release of 911 audio recording detailing a reckless driving complaint against the sheriff from April of last year.

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