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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

Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign surged in part because of his tuition-free college platform. Now one of Sanders' backers --- State Representative Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) -- is bringing that plan to Illinois.

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Joseph Ryan of St. Louis, MO, caravanned with about ten people to demonstrate at the site in Lee County, IA, where the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline is supposed to cross the Mississippi River. He said he was prepared to do whatever it took to defend the planet and save its water.

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Liberty Utilities is asking the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) for permission to increase natural gas rates for customers in Keokuk and Montrose by enough to generate an additional $1 million annually in revenue. Keokuk residents and business owners say such a large increase would harm families and the entire community.

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A petition drive forced the Illinois Department of Agriculture to hold a public informational meeting on plans to build a large-scale hog farm east of Macomb. But a person who helped spearhead the drive said he isn't necessarily opposed to the farm.

Galesburg made headlines this year when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determined the city failed to meet federal standards for lead levels in the drinking water at some residences.  City leaders have consistently said the city's water supply is not to blame -- rather, it is the lead service lines that connect some homes to the city's supply that are contaminating the water.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Public opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline is growing in the tri states region, be it through marches or vigils.   Pipeline opponents hope that continues this weekend when their efforts move to the next step: civil disobedience.

T.J. Carson

The Prairie Fire of Knox College have battled rival schools for more than a century with only a name to represent them. But that's all changed as the new school year begins for the private liberal-arts school.

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Western Illinois University's fall student enrollment is down 6.5% compared to last year. Western welcomed more than 10,373 students to campus this fall. That’s 721 students fewer than last year.

Rich Egger

Plans for the Cardinal Point Wind Farm are changing before construction begins.  The current generation of turbines can generate more power than past models so fewer turbines will be needed.

Mayor & Park Board President Divided over Glenwood Pool's Future

Sep 9, 2016
Emily Boyer

Glenwood Pool in Macomb dates back to the 1940s and Park Board John Hemingway said the pool is showing its age. The pool was open for just a few weeks this summer because of various problems, and he questions whether it's worth putting more money into repairs to keep Glenwood going. 

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Jessica Reznicek, 35, of Des Moines arrived in Lee County about two weeks ago. Since then, she has made herself known to the region as a supporter of the Mississippi River and an opponent of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline.

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An effort is underway in Lee County to increase the local minimum wage, which currently sits at $7.25/hour, the same as the statewide rate. Supporters say an increase would help hard-working people throughout the county.

T.J. Carson

Investigators said the fire early Wednesday morning at the Carver Community Action Agency in Galesburg was set intentionally.

T.J. Carson

Production at the Smithfield Foods processing plant in Monmouth is shut down for the time being as executives from the company and the city  look into the damage from Monday's fire.  Around 1,600 people work at the plant.

Rich Egger

The collaboration created to determine the feasibility of building a new middle school and community center in Macomb has lost one of its partners. Park Board President John Hemingway said the park district will no longer be involved in the project.

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A crowd of more than 100 people gathered Wednesday afternoon to watch as workers added the roughly 26-foot steeple to the former Keokuk Union Depot along the Mississippi River. One spectator said he would not have missed it for the world.

It's a rare occurrence of late: A credit rating agency saying something positive about Illinois' finances. But the comment published Tuesday by Moody's Investor Service was tempered.

Illinois could end up having to put an additional half billion dollars into one of its pension funds next year.

As the name suggests, the Teachers Retirement System is the retirement benefits fund for all Illinois public school teachers outside of Chicago.

T.J. Carson

People without much money and/or a poor credit history might find it difficult to buy a home.  A new program in Galesburg gives them a chance to have a place to call their own.

The candidates vying to be Illinois comptroller are at odds over whether the office should even continue to exist.

Anxious legislators will once again see a deposit from the state of Illinois in their bank accounts. They’re getting paid Tuesday for the first time since July, when their April paychecks came through.

T.J. Carson

For one night in Monmouth, the colors of maroon and gold were once again spotted on a high school football field. They returned to help honor one of the most successful coaches in the history of Warren County football.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas said the state's stop-gap spending measure helped the university for the fall semester, but he cautioned it's not designed to get any of the state's public universities through the entire fiscal year. 

Rich Egger

Bonnie Skripps, President of the Humane Society of McDonough County, said the group does fundraising "all the time." The organization decided to use some of the cash it raised to buy infrared thermometers for law enforcement agencies in the county.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The America's First Great Dam Museum began as a temporary display during the 100th anniversary celebration for the dam spanning the Mississippi River between Keokuk and Hamilton. Supporters believe it will soon become a destination point for visitors to the Tri States region.

The city of Keokuk is denying any involvement in the sale of a private airplane housed at its airport without the owner's permission.

The people who want to build a winery in Knox County were prepared to go to court in a battle over the proposed location of their business.  Instead they reached agreement with Knox County on a different site.

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Illinois' ongoing budget impasse and recent funding cuts to Western Illinois University haven't hurt the enthusiasm of some new students as they begin their college education.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Hundreds of people filled downtown Burlington Friday night for the unveiling of the Downtown Burlington Lightscape Project. Organizers says it was the culmination of five years of hard work and a sign of what's to come for the district.

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A pork producer plans to build a hog farm in McDonough County. Tri Oak Foods, based in Oakville, IA, has chosen a 1.5 acre site south of U.S. Highway 136 and about four miles east of Macomb.

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A judge has ordered the demolition of a former can and bottle redemption center in downtown Keokuk as well as a neighboring building along Main Street. The owner of the buildings must also clean up four other properties he owns in Keokuk.

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