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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

The city of Macomb and Sue McLaughlin parted ways last week. McLaughlin stepped down from her role as City Administrator on Tuesday, October 11, after less than 8 months on the job.  

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order Monday to create the Illinois Competitiveness Council, which will review numerous state regulations -- particularly those that pertain to private enterprise.

Rauner believes state rules stand in the way of entrepreneurs who want to develop and expand their business.  

A new poll from Southern Illinois University's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute had surprising results for environmentalists. 

He may be the state's highest-ranking Republican, but Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday continued to be cagey about where he stands on Donald Trump.

Rauner has been asked about Trump by reporters time and time again. He usually answers something like "I'm not going to talk about politics, per se, or the Presidential election. I've made my statements clear."

But actually not all that clear.

Rauner in May said he would back his party's nominee; at the time Trump hadn't locked up the nomination, but he was close.

Rich Egger

With less than a month left before the election, many political candidates are taking the stage with their opponent as part of candidate forums and debates where they share their perspective on the issues and answer questions. 

T.J. Carson

Galesburg School Superintendent Ralph Grimm said the district is attacking its deficit head on with the hope of eliminating it by 2018.

Rich Egger

Macomb’s City Administrator Sue McLaughlin attended Monday night’s City Council meeting this week. But as of Tuesday, she was no longer on the city’s payroll.

McLaughlin stepped down after less than 8 months on the job.

Rich Egger

Time is winding down on Illinois' stop-gap spending measure, which expires in early January. But many state lawmakers are in campaign mode so nothing is being done to complete a full budget for Illinois.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Harvest season is a busy time as farmers rush to get their crops out of the field before that first freeze. This week, it also proved to be a time of community and friendship for a family in rural Lee County.

Low-income university students had until early March this year to fill out a form that allowed them to take advantage of Illinois' primary financial aid program.

Incoming and continuing college students can't wait that long if they hope to receive a "MAP grant" for the next school year.

That form, known as the FAFSA (short for the Free Application For Federal Student Aid) came out early this year, at the start of October, Which means the deadline has moved up for everyone.

There's another reason to get the forms in quickly.

Keokuk Health Systems appears to be on track to become an affiliate of UnityPoint Health. The two sides signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding that will allow for continued negotiations.

Larry Dean, WIU Visual Production Center

When the night has come, And the land is dark, And the moon is the only light we'll see, No I won't be afraid, Oh I won't be afraid, Just as long as you stand, stand by me – Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.”

A group of Western Illinois University alumni – many of them African-American – stood by one another and helped one another get through college more than five decades ago, a time when the campus was just beginning to diversify.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Opponents of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline have maintained an around-the-clock encampment for several weeks in a ditch near one of the construction sites in Lee County. That could be coming to an end following the issuance of an eviction notice.

Kenneth Rosa took the oath of office as Fort Madison’s new Police Chief Monday morning. Two days later, the city named his successor.

Van Buren County Attorney Abraham Watkins will have to defend himself against claims of sexual harassment and working while intoxicated.

Rich Egger

A group of Western Illinois University students will have the city's ear as members of the Mayor's Roundtable of Student Leaders. 

T.J. Carson

After more than a year of discussion and debate over what to do with the closed Armory building in Galesburg, aldermen decided against spending any money on the facility.

Rich Egger

Macomb city council members this week unanimously approved Mayor Mike Inman's appointment of John Vigezzi to fill the vacant seat in the city's second ward.  Vigezzi works at Farm King as the distribution and logistics manager.  He previously worked for the travel center at the Macomb Amtrak Station.

The primary suspect in the fatal shooting of a woman in Keokuk early Sunday morning apparently took his own life that same day.

T.J. Carson

Monmouth College alumnus Brad Nahrstadt has a collection of nearly 1,600 buttons from presidential campaigns. Some date back to 1896 when Republican William McKinley defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan. 

Courtesy of Jim Melvin

Jim Melvin is finally fulfilling a lifelong dream. He's a rookie in the classroom but a seasoned veteran at real life. At age 59, he's in his first full year of teaching social studies at V.I.T. High School.

Rich Egger

The body of Macomb Fire Chief Andy Taylor, 46, was found in a wooded area near Route 67 and University Drive late Thursday afternoon.  A preliminary investigation indicates he took his own life.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The city of Fort Madison said Thursday it will work with a local landfill to make sure proper policies are in place following the posting of a disturbing photo on social media.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Lee County is well aware of the environmental problems created by the lack of a sewer system in a small, unincorporated community near Keokuk and is getting ready to take action.

The 93rd Illinois House District includes one public university and two community colleges.  Incumbent Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) believes she's served higher education well and she's running for a fourth term. Her Democratic opponent John Curtis believes the state should be doing a better job of supporting higher education and thinks he can help reverse course on the trend of declining state aid.

Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas used the school’s 23rd annual Founders' Day celebration to say there is no need for Western to become great again because it's remained great all along.

Jerry Kearns - Keokuk

The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments for one case at the Grand Theater in Keokuk this week. The head of the court said it's part of a continued effort to show Iowa residents how the legal system operates.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The around-the-clock encampment near the site in Lee County where the Dakota Access pipeline will cross the Mississippi River swelled to more than 250 people last Saturday morning and afternoon. Opponents of the pipeline said even more people are needed if they are going to permanently halt construction.

T.J. Carson

The students, faculty, and staff at Galesburg's Steele Elementary School did something this week no one in education ever wants to do. They said goodbye to one of their own.

Lee County/The Design Partnership Architects

The Lee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday received its first look at the conceptual design for a single county courthouse. Residents are being asked to decide if the county should borrow nearly $9 million to build it.

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