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Lee County Economic Development Group Parts Ways With CEO

The Lee County Economic Development Group (LCEDG) parted ways with its CEO this week. Joe Steil had served in that role for roughly two years, prior to which he was a member of the organization's Board of Directors.

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Keokuk Police Department

The Keokuk Police Department has arrested two people in connection with a January 2016 shooting.


The November ballot features two names in the race for a seat on the Des Moines County Board: incumbent Tom Broeker (R) and challenger Laura Blanchard (D). Broeker wants to continue working to provide public services while also lowering property taxes.


The November ballot features two names in the race for a seat on the Des Moines County Board: incumbent Tom Broeker (R) and challenger Laura Blanchard (D). Blanchard said she brings a fresh perspective to the office.

Two competitive judicial races for circuit court are on the ballot in Champaign County this year, which doesn’t happen often. Illinois elects its circuit judges to six-year terms, after which they run unopposed to be retained and are rarely unseated.

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Oct 18, 2018

Election day is looming and we’ve gotten questions through our

The Democratic candidate for Illinois governor is facing a racial discrimination lawsuit against his campaign — from his own campaign workers.

Ten current and former staffers accuse J.B. Pritzker’s campaign operation of subjecting them to harassment and retaliation. Pritzker denies the accusations.

Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, & Me

Oct 18, 2018

The Supreme Court hearings, the news reports about climate change, the latest Supreme Court decision denying rights of our own Indigenous peoples, Kanye West has a meeting in the Oval office, what?  Hearing that was not an abuse of power?  The Dow Jones plummeting.  And let us not even start with what is going on in the twitter-sphere.   These last long weeks we were inundated with words and stories about bad behavior, even painful behavior, everywhere we turn.  I find myself asking folks in our community, "How are you doing? Are you being gentle with yourself?  What are you doing to take care of you?"

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Racial profiling by Iowa law enforcement was the focus of discussion Tuesday at the annual Summit on Justice and Disparities, sponsored by the NAACP.   The gathering focuses each year on the disproportionate presence of African-Americans in Iowa's Criminal Justice System.  

Shop Talk panelist Jasmine Crighton said the number of men enrolled in the Broadcasting & Journalism program at Western Illinois University far exceeds the number of women. She feels the program's emphasis on sports broadcasting might attract more men than women because professional sports broadcasting continues to be a male-dominated field.


The District 84 seat in the Iowa House of Representatives is open following the announcement that State Representative Dave Heaton (R-Mount Pleasant) is retiring at the end of his current term in office. Jason Moats (D-Mount Union) is one of two men vying to replace Heaton.


Folk Weekend Live in Concert

Mary Flower, 7:00pm April 27, 2019 - Vallillo/Holtz Performance Studio

Mary Flower’s immense finger picking guitar and lap-slide prowess is soulful and meter-perfect, a deft blend of the inventive, the dexterous and the mesmerizing. Her supple honey-and-whiskey voice provides the perfect melodic accompaniment to each song’s story.

An internationally known and award-winning picker, singer/songwriter and teacher, the Midwest native relocated from Denver to the vibrant Portland, Oregon music scene in in 2004. She continues to please crowds and critics...

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Held up over disagreements over federal food stamps, the first draft of the 2018 farm bill arrived Thursday, bearing 35 changes to that program, including starting a national database of participants.

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As agriculture intensified in the 20th century, summers in the Midwest became wetter and cooler.  An MIT study published this month looked at whether vegetation from crop production, rather than greenhouse gas emissions that are an established source of climate changes, could have driven these regional impacts.

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A new, widely debated federal mandate requires truckers to electronically track the number of hours they're on the road — a rule that is meant to make highways safer. But there is a big difference between hauling a load of TVs and a load of cattle destined for meatpacking plants.


Lawsuits filed in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas against the makers of the herbicide dicamba will be centralized in the federal court in St. Louis.

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In the coming months, Congress will map out how it will spend upwards of $500 billion on food and farm programs over the next five years.  The massive piece of legislation known as the farm bill affects all taxpayers -- whether they know it or not.

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