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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.

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The YMCA of McDonough County said it has big plans for Macomb's only public swimming pool when it takes over operations next summer. The city of Macomb will pay the YMCA a $3,000 annual management fee and cover the salaries for lifeguards working at Glenwood Pool. The Y will stock the snack bar and keep the money it makes.

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University of Illinois media professor Jay Rosenstein has been a longtime critic of the amount of money spent on athletics on the Urbana campus.  Now he's published a series of articles that show that millions of taxpayer dollars are spent on U of I athletics each year, despite longtime claims to the contrary.

The enrollment period is now open for getting coverage from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The signup up period is just six weeks rather than twelve like previous years and ends December 15, 2017.

Miranda Corbett

World-renowned artist Julien de Casabianca installed a large mural on the east side of the Kensington Supportive Living Center during his Galesburg residency at the end of September.  It turns out the mural did not last for long.

Courtesy of the artist

The current exhibit at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth features the works of surrealist painter James Walker Henry of Burlington, Iowa.  He's especially pleased to be showing some of his larger works.

The first two lanes of the bypass around Macomb were scheduled to open to motorists this fall. But completion of the project has been pushed back until next spring.

John Lovretta/The Hawkeye

The defense rested its case Thursday afternoon in the 1st Degree Murder trial of Jorge Sanders-Galvez, 23, minutes after Sanders-Galvez took the stand. He’s one of two men accused of killing Kedarie Johnson, 16, of Burlington on March 2, 2016.

McAlister's Deli - Mt. Vernon Facebook Page

McAlister's Deli is a national chain with a menu featuring deli sandwiches and soups and what the restaurant calls its famous sweet tea. Karma Real Estate Company out of Jackson, Missouri is the franchisee and owns several McAlister's Deli restaurants in the Midwest.

Rich Egger

State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) gathered supporters outside the McDonough County Courthouse on a gray and chilly November morning.  Macomb Mayor Mike Inman stood alongside local Republican leaders including County Board Chair Scott Schwerer and Sheriff Rick VanBrooker. The crowd applauded as Hammond delivered the news they came to hear.

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Tom Marion is completing his final months as mayor of Keokuk after choosing not to seek a fifth term in office. He said while he enjoys leading his hometown, he knew the time was right to step aside.

Des Moines Register

The prosecution has called more than a dozen witnesses to the stand as it makes its case in the first degree murder trial of Jorge Sanders-Galvez, 23. He’s accused of killing of Burlington teenager Kedarie Johnson, 16, last year.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives says she’s taking on Governor Bruce Rauner in the upcoming Republican primary.

The former Wheaton city councilwoman and West Point graduate acknowledges it will be tough going up against Rauner’s vast personal wealth. But she says the governor has betrayed Republican principles, and wants to give voters a choice.

Rich Egger

The concept of the Community First project in Macomb became public a couple years ago. The partners believe they’re now close to deciding whether that concept will become a reality.

Michael Zamora/Des Moines Register

The third day of trial began with Amy Beavers, Des Moines County Attorney, reading the official charge of Murder in the 1st Degree against Jorge Sanders-Galvez, 23, of Missouri and then informing the court of his previous plea of not guilty. Sanders-Galvez is accused of killing Kedarie Johnson, 16, of Burlington in March 2016.

John Lovretta/The Hawkeye

Jorge Sanders-Galvez, 23, of Missouri is charged with 1st Degree Murder in the death of Burlington resident Kedarie Johnson, 16, in March 2016. Sanders-Galvez’s trial got underway this week in Keokuk.

The Illinois House dealt a series of rebukes to Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday, as Republicans joined Democrats to override nearly a dozen of the governor’s vetoes.

The Illinois House is advancing legislation to ban “bump stocks.” The devices gained national prominence this month, when they were reportedly used by the Las Vegas shooter.

TSPR Emily Boyer

A new restaurant is coming to Macomb just a block northwest of the downtown square.  The city council approved giving the owner, Dan Kokel, $15,000 to help pay for renovations to the building at 202 E. Carroll St.

John Lovretta/The Hawkeye

Jorge Sanders-Galvez, 23, of Missouri is charged with 1st Degree Murder in the death of a Burlington teenager Kedarie Johnson, 16, in March 2016. Sanders-Galvez’s trial got underway Oct. 24 in Keokuk.

Shop Talk panelist Jasmine Crighton feels product placement during newscasts has gotten out of hand.  She said the wall between news and sales has gotten so thin that you can see through it.

Governor Rauner Will Seek Second Term

Oct 24, 2017

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has made the long awaited announcement that he is seeking re-election. 

The first term Republican distributed a video Monday morning that features him riding a motorcycle through Illinois. It focuses on the agenda he has pushed since taking office, including property tax relief.     

Images collected from the candidate's respective Facebook Pages

The contest for a legislative seat in western Illinois has the attention of a statewide watchdog group. The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform tracks political contributions in the state and has named the race for 93rd District State Representative one of the ten most contested state races in Illinois.

Since this past weekend, women and men have been sharing their accounts of sexual violence with the hashtag #MeToo. While many assumed the movement started with actor Alyssa Milano's tweet about Hollywood producer/mogul and alleged sex offender Harvey Weinstein, some are pointing out that a black woman named Tarana Burke used the same terminology for a project also mean to address sexual assault.

Buying shoes, a new computer or even toilet paper online can be convenient and cheap, but officials in cities across central Illinois say it’s taking a bite out of their budgets.

The debate over school funding dominated much of the legislative session, and concluded with a compromise plan designed to send more state funds to the neediest districts. But so far, those districts haven't gotten any extra funds.

TSPR Emily Boyer

Illinois' public colleges and universities have weathered the two year budget impasse and are once again expecting routine state aid payments. As the schools look ahead, they're working to secure their financial footing and publicly rebound from the ordeal.

The Iowa Department of Corrections released a statement saying the Iowa State Penitentiary employee who was injured during an attack by an inmate Wednesday morning is in stable condition at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

Jason Parrott

More cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported at a western Illinois veterans' home, more than two years after an outbreak killed 12 people and sickened 54 at the facility.

Garret Selters, 29, of Burlington faces one count of first degree murder in connection with the death of his mother, Linda Selters, 56, also of Burlington. Linda Selters died Tuesday night at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

Miranda Corbett

Sofia Tagkaloglou is part of a student group that was inspired during an Environmental Studies course to try bringing solar energy to the Knox College campus. The project began in winter 2015 and was fully realized this summer.

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