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Macomb Photographer's Work Increases Pet Adoptions

Aug 13, 2018
Emily Stieren

Stacie Kwacala has been in business since 2009. She runs Captured Moments Photography, where she preserves memories through photos for weddings, pregnancies, high school seniors, and more.  She more recently started donating her time and skills to encourage prospective pet owners to create memories by adopting an animal from the local shelter.

Rich Egger

The Macomb School District, the city of Macomb, McDonough District Hospital, and the YMCA of McDonough County have talked for several years about building a combination middle school and community center, a project called Community First.  It now looks like the school district is ready to move ahead on construction of a middle school with or without the partners.

Rich Egger

The federal government will make $366 million available for bus and bus facility projects across the country.  Macomb is interested in a share of that cash.

Rich Egger

Representatives from eight proposed businesses pitched their plans during the Downtown Macomb Retail Business Competition. Only one winner was chosen, but some of the other business plans could still come to fruition.

Rich Egger

Eight aspiring entrepreneurs pitched their business proposals to a panel of five judges Thursday evening in front of an auditorium full of supporters at The Forum in downtown Macomb.  It was winner-take-all for the $28,000 in cash and prizes to help start the business.

Rich Egger

The plain white back door to the Western Illinois Museum's back room becomes a time portal twice a month, transporting visitors to a Prohibition-era speakeasy. And just like the illegal drinking establishments of the Roaring '20s, you can't get in if you don’t know the password.

Tri States Public Radio

On the popular reality television show Survivor, contestants are sent to a remote location and put through a series of difficult physical and mental challenges. They fight to outwork and outsmart their opponents in order to earn the title of Survivor.        

There are 24 people from across the country trying to accomplish the same this weekend on a property located just outside of Macomb.

Rich Egger

Macomb started Memorial Day weekend by unveiling a bronze sign at Oakwood Cemetery.   The marker was installed to celebrate the burial ground's designation as a state historic site.  It summarizes Oakwood's founding and history.

The city said the EAB infestation was found on the 300 block of North Johnson Street, and that the Illinois Department of Agriculture has confirmed it.

Rich Egger

Members and employees of the Elks Lodge in Macomb are credited with helping save the life of one of the city's aldermen.  During this week's city council meeting, Fourth Ward Alderman Tom Koch publicly thanked them.

DRONE PHOTO TAKEN BY CHAD SPERRY / CITY OF MACOMB SHARED THE IMAGE WITH TSPR

City leaders received the news they hoped to hear from the state of Illinois. The state awarded Macomb a nearly $1.2 million grant to help pay for the second and final phase of the Historic Courthouse Square Revitalization project.

Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. Equally at home in a wide variety of musical traditions, Mari is the 2015/2013 U.S.

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.

More than 80 people – many of them Macomb High School students -- braved the cold, blustery, and rainy conditions Saturday morning to demonstrate as part of the national March for Our Lives movement.  The local protest was organized by students.  They're calling for political action to end gun violence and mass shootings in schools and society.

Emily Boyer

Sunrise Energy Ventures wants to build a solar garden in Macomb. The Macomb City Council has signed off on the idea by approving the sale of 17 acres to the company.

screenshot from Sunrise Energy Ventures' website

A renewable energy provider is interested in purchasing the last land available in Macomb's business park.  Mayor Mike Inman said Sunrise Energy Ventures out of Minnesota wants to build a solar garden, which is a smaller version of a solar farm.

Rich Egger

Brief ceremonies were held around Illinois -- including at the McDonough County Courthouse and Macomb City Hall -- to mark the start of the state's bicentennial year. 

Rich Egger

The city plans to improve Candy Lane between Jackson and Grant Streets.  It hosted a public informational meeting Monday evening, November 20, to get public input, and Public Works Director Scott Coker said residents still have time to offer comments.

Rich Egger

Mayor Mike Inman said businesswoman Kay Ruggles brought the idea for Flags of Love to Macomb after seeing a similar display in southeast Iowa.  Inman said the original goal was to fly 100 American flags in Chandler Park.

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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.

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

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.

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.

McDonough County Property Records

The small, white dilapidated building at 221 E. Jackson St. has sat empty for more than  a decade. The building formerly operated as a Maid Rite restaurant. It is described as a 720 square foot tool shed in McDonough County's property records.

Communities around the globe hold Critical Mass bicycle rides.  Some of the events draw thousands of riders in large cities, while smaller communities such as Macomb sometimes attract just a handful.

Looking For Government That Works? Try Local

Sep 27, 2017
Rich Egger

I doubt that many people would disagree with me when I say big governments – those in  Washington DC and Springfield -  have not been working very well in the past few years.  Washington and Springfield seem to have a very difficult time doing anything. 

Rich Egger

The Interfaith Alliance of Macomb hosted what it called a Community United Celebration in Chandler Park.  The idea was to promote peace, unity, and understanding.

Rich Egger

A feasibility study commissioned by the Macomb Food Cooperative found that moving the group's store into a larger space in the near future would be too much, too soon.

Rich Egger

Former Macomb alderman Ryan Hansen will continue to privately manage Spring Lake Park for the next five years. The new contract goes into effect when the current three-year agreement expires at the end of December, 2017.     

drone photo taken by Chad Sperry / City of Macomb shared the image with TSPR

A major summer construction project has just wrapped up in downtown Macomb and the city is already looking ahead to possibly making more improvements in a couple of years.

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