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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.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Farmers Market season is in full swing throughout the Tri State region. You can find vendors and customers in Keokuk, Fort Madison, Burlington, Quincy, Macomb, Galesburg, Monmouth, and many more communities.  The list of items for sale is just as long, from baked goods to vegetables, fresh fruit to wood carvings.

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David Harrison of Keokuk was just 18 when he broke his leg while serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. More than 65 years later, he’s being honored for that service to his country.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The Lee County Board of Supervisors voted to place a nearly $9 million bond referendum for a new courthouse on the November ballot without knowing what the building might look like. But it appears that will soon be resolved because the county accepted a proposal to develop a preliminary design.

T.J. Carson

Developers Mark and Jeannette Kleine gave $1.5 million to OSF St. Mary's in Galesburg to establish the Kleine Pediatric Wellness Center. The center will be housed inside the OSF Galesburg Clinic. 

Three men have been arrested and charged with the theft of four letters from Western Illinois University’s grand entryway sign at the northeast corner of campus. The “I,L, and L” from Illinois and the “T” from University were removed from the sign.

Rich Egger

Sandy Songer of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, has a bit of advice for anyone who wants to watch chainsaw artists in action.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The city of Keokuk filed three lawsuits during its lengthy dispute over LeeComm, Lee County’s consolidated emergency dispatch center. With the dispute seemingly resolved, Keokuk has dropped all three lawsuits.

Breanna Descourouez

Six girls from the Los Angeles Environmental Charter High School spent the month of July at a Nature Conservancy site just outside of Lewistown, Illinois.   The girls helped clean up the Emiquon Preserve while learning everything they could about the great outdoors.

Breanna Descourouez

Sometimes old wells get covered up and forgotten about over the years.  This usually happens near older farm houses, but abandoned wells can also be found in cities, including Macomb. 

As supporters of automatic voter registration are set to hold a press conference Monday morning, Gov. Bruce Rauner is defending his veto of a plan that would have made it a reality in Illinois.

A rising star in the Illinois G-O-P is stepping down to become a lobbyist.

Since he was elected in 2006, Senator Matt Murphy of Palatine has been an articulate, vocal critic of how Democrats run Springfield; he’s one of the Republicans’ top negotiators on the budget and pensions.

Come next month, it’ll be his job to cozy up to his former peers as a contract lobbyist with Mac Strategies Group, a public relations firm based in Chicago. 

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Western Illinois University is dealing with a high profile case of vandalism.  Five letters were stolen from Western’s grand entryway sign at the intersection of U.S. 67 and University Dr.

The Keokuk City Council used part of Thursday night’s workshop to talk about possibly increasing the garbage rate over the next two fiscal years. The discussion, though, evolved into whether the city kept its word about how it would use money from a previous increase.

Former Burlington Alderman Chris King has been found guilty of sexually abusing four teenage girls. The jury of 6 men and 6 women deliberated for about 8 hours over a two day period before reaching ithe guilty verdict.

A would-be state holiday passed last week without notice in Illinois. But supporters are hoping it will be recognized in the future.

Beyonce, George Lucas, and Magic Johnson were among the stars on the guest list for President Barack Obama's White House 55th birthday party (Obama's former chief of staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, scored an invite too).

Could a campaign emphasis on "law and order" derail the emerging bipartisan consensus on crime and punishment?

Voter turnout for the November general election was already expected to be high in Lee County, given the tone of the Presidential campaign. Now, it could reach unprecedented levels thanks to a divisive issue being added to the ballot.

A number of Illinois politicians continue to push the issue of of term limits.

Des Moines County Jail

The trial of Chris King, a former member of the Burlington City Council, is entering its second week. King faces up to 35 years in prison on multiple charges including sexual abuse and indecent exposure.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Hundreds of people lined up outside Trinity United Methodist Church in Keokuk Friday afternoon, with the earliest arriving about 90 minutes before the annual “Back to School Festival” began. The event helps parents and guardians prepare for the new school year while giving kids a chance to have some fun with their friends.

T.J. Carson

A place where customers can buy a variety of goods in Galesburg was up for sale itself.   The Sandburg Mall was available through an online auction that started Monday and ended on Wednesday, August 10. The auction was run by Ten-X of California, which was accepting an opening bid of no less than $300,000.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Ameren Illinois’ new operating plant in Macomb will serve as a model for the energy provider’s future facilities.

The $9-million facility is the first of its kind, according to Ameren. It’s also the first new plant the company has built in 20 years.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Law enforcement agents and mental health care advocates from Lee and Des Moines Counties worked together to create a jail diversion program a couple years ago. The program, which attempts to help inmates avoid returning to jail, is already expanding in southeast Iowa.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Lee County's historic courthouses have been the subject of debate for years, specifically regarding whether both are needed or if a single courthouse in the center of the county would best serve the public. It now appears the public will be asked to settle that debate.

Illinois' partial budget is too little and too late to make up for projected investment losses.

 As Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, House Speaker Michael Madigan ran the show for Illinois’ delegation last week at the Democratic National Convention.

Madigan took some time before the convention wrapped up to sit down in Philadelphia with Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky and WBBM radio's Craig Dellimore.

Last night Hillary Clinton - a woman born and raised in the Chicago suburbs – accepted Democrats’ nomination for President.

In roughly 100 days, voters will decide whether she or Republican Donald Trump will be the next president. Which means it’s the beginning of the end for President Barack Obama.

Illinois was right up front throughout the convention.

Literally.

T.J. Carson

The plan was revealed during a two-hour session at the Kensington ballroom. People were able to view placards detailing the proposals, and the city wants residents to share their opinions on the ideas.

Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago in 1947, and raised in the suburbs. Sixty-eight years later, she’s making history as the first woman to be nominated for President by a major party.

Following, a handful ladies in Illinois’ delegation reflect on Clinton’s candidacy and on what it’s like to be a woman in politics.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

As state financial support continues to decline for Illinois' public colleges and universities, Western Illinois University wants to bulk up another revenue stream.  But Illinois' budget uncertainty is making it difficult. 

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