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

Black legislators say Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner hasn’t done enough in the wake of the release of police shootings of LaQuan McDonald and other African Americans.

When asked by reporters, Gov. Rauner said he cried after watching the 2014 video of black Chicago teenager LaQuan McDonald getting shot 16 times by a city cop.

“That video — shocking, terrifying. I cried for the young man who was brutally shot," he said.

In recent days officers responding to a call killed two other black Chicagoans.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

People were already standing in line when the doors to Keokuk Middle School opened at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. They were there an hour early to get a good seat to hear U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders talk about a "political revolution."

A new Census analysis shows Illinois leads the nation in population loss.

The U-S Census updates its population numbers every year by looking at government documents like tax returns as well as birth and death records. Illinois lost 22-thousand people over the past year. That’s like losing a city the size of Freeport in just one year.

No Year Quite Like 2015 In Illinois Politics

Dec 31, 2015
Credit: The World Trade Council

A new governor.  A long-time House speaker.  Court-ordered state spending.  It all adds up to a year unlike any other in the state of Illinois' history.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline talks 2015 in state politics with Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky.

Brian Mackey / WUIS

As we get ready to welcome 2016, we thought we’d take a few minutes to listen back to what’s been a difficult year in Illinois government and politics. There was an epic fight between Democrats and Republicans in Springfield, disgrace for two Illinois Congressmen, and a reckoning over violence in Chicago.

More people died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2014 than during any previous year on record. The numbers have doubled in just the past 15 years.

Money is still being raised to help run the Illinois State Museum in Springfield - even though its doors have been closed to the public for three months. A not-for-profit that deals with grants and private donations continues to solicit, sending out pleas for donations in the mail.

Screen capture from Ameren Illinois' website

UPDATE: Ameren Illinois has restored power to many customers in west central Illinois as of 8 a.m. Wednesday. Still about 1,000 residents of Knox County and 500 people in Warren County still do not have power.

Lee County Sheriff's Office

A judge has dropped one of the two felony charges filed against the head of the Green Bay Levee and Drainage District in southeast Iowa. District Court Judge Cynthia Danielson said this month that the statute of limitations had expired on the charge of Theft in the First Degree against Mike Pieper.

WIU

Dr. William "Bill" Brattain, 77, passed away Fri., Dec. 25 at Memorial Hospital in Springfield. His career in higher education included more than 25 years at Western Illinois University.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

It appears the West Burlington School District's first attempt at a 1-1 technology initiative will not prevent it from continuing to put new technology in the hands of students. For Superintendent Dave Schmitt, the decision is a "no-brainer."

Rich Egger

Mayor Mike Inman said the city received 27 applications for the position.  The search committee has now trimmed the list to five.

T.J. Carson

Galesburg residents will soon be able to take cases against them straight to the city.  Aldermen this week approved creation of an administrative adjudication system for appeals of ordinance violations.

Iowa Department of Education

Schools in southeast Iowa appear to be keeping up with their counterparts throughout the state. That's according to the new Iowa School Report Card, which was released this month by the Iowa Department of Education.

T.J. Carson

Galesburg’s Railroad Museum is on track to show off more of its collection next year.  The museum is remodeling its building to provide around 100 square feet of extra display space. 

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