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  • 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.

Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker now tops Donald Trump as the richest politician in America. Pritzker’s wealth has led to more questions about the role of money in politics, and led critics to question how much the Democrat’s personal wealth may have influenced his election win against Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Rich Egger

The recording of a closed door meeting held by the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees reveals board members repeatedly violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act (OMA).

Rich Egger

A plaque now marks the site where civil rights leader Reverend C.T. Vivian lived when he grew up in Macomb. The lot at 702 E. Adams St. is currently empty but Byron Oden-Shabazz is making big plans for it.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Lee County plans to file lawsuits against the owners of several properties near Chatfield Lake. The county said raw sewage runoff from homes contributed to high E. coli levels in the lake several years ago.


Dr. Kathy Neumann served as Western Illinois University's interim provost for more than three years before the school announced this week that she will be leaving the position.  She previously served as Dean of the College of Business and Technology at Western.

A day after defeating incumbent Bruce Rauner, Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker is beginning his transition into government.

Rich Egger (file photo)

State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) fought off Democratic challenger John Curtis of Macomb 52%-48% in the mid-term elections.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds became the first female governor of Iowa when she took over for former Governor Terry Branstad who left to work as President Trump's ambassador to China. She fended off a vigorous challenge from Democrat Fred Hubbell Tuesday to win her first election to stay in the state’s highest office.  

Billionaire J.B. Pritzker’s big investment paid off. The Illinois Democrat soundly defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday night.

It’s thought to be the most expensive governor's race in American history. And Pritzker's win gives Democrats complete control of Illinois government.

Illinois election officials say there’s been a huge spike in early voting this year. But it’s not yet clear just what that means.

State Representative Randy Frese (R-Paloma) is running for a third term in the 94th district in western Illinois. He faces a challenger, Rich Cramsey (D-Clayton), who is running for his first political office.

Clark County Sheriff's Office

A former employee of the Clark County School District is in custody for her possible involvement in a threat against the northeast Missouri school district.

Tri States Public Radio

This is the first time Rich Cramsey (D-Clayton) has run for political office. He is campaigning to unseat incumbent Randy Frese (R-Paloma) who is seeking his third term in the Illinois House. 

Democratic nominee for governor J.B. Pritzker broke the record for self-funding this week. He’s now contributed more than $160 million to his effort to defeat incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The campaign between the two mega-wealthy candidates has featured dozens of political ads, personal attacks, and legal troubles.

Pritzker sat down with NPR Illinois to talk about what would be the priorities for the start of his administration, his plan to shift the state from a flat tax to a graduated income tax and claims of discrimination against his campaign.

The Illinois State Board of Education has unveiled a new labeling system for schools, with roughly 550 Illinois schools now being tagged "under-performing," and another 200 called "lowest performing."

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin was in Springfield today (WED), casting his ballot in the 2018 Election. He says he's encouraged by early voting tallies in Illinois so far, and that immigration is now among the chief issues thanks to President Trump.

Tri States Public Radio

Melissa Inman, a well-known artist in the region and the wife of Macomb's mayor has died. Inman was 55. She’s survived by her husband of 31 years, Mike Inman, and their four children.


There is a renewed effort to secure funding for a major arts project in Macomb. The Center for Performing Arts has long been on Western Illinois University's wish list.

Rich Egger

Several hundred people headed to a remote valley in western McDonough County on a glorious Autumn day for an open house at Vishnu Springs.  The group Friends of Vishnu hosts an open house every few years because people remain interested in the former health retreat.

Two Illinois PBS outlets say they’re merging. The new public television group would cover almost two-thirds of the state.

Illinois General Assembly

Illinois State Senator Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) is seeking a second term and is all but guaranteed to win it. She does not have a challenger on the ballot, though there is a write in candidate, Democrat Kurt Fowler of Monmouth, running against her.

20 western Illinois residents were arrested on meth-related charges as part of a six-month investigation authorities are calling Operation Iced Out. The investigation was carried out by the Macomb-McDonough County Drug Unit, which includes members from the Macomb Police Department, the Bushnell Police Department, the McDonough County Sheriff's Department, and the Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The head of the Clark County R-1 School District believes criminal charges should be filed following the discovery of a threatening note early Thursday morning. The note led to classes being cancelled Thursday and a significant law enforcement presence throughout the district on Friday.


Western Illinois University is considering whether to eliminate more academic programs as it continues to grapple with falling student enrollment numbers and looks to get back on solid financial footing.

The upcoming general election will decide whether Republican Bruce Rauner gets another term as Illinois governor or if the voters will choose to go with Democrat J.B. Pritzker.

But there’s one outcome of the election we already know for certain: Illinois will continue its experiment with amateur politicians running state government.

Lee County Sheriff's Office

The former president of a volunteer organization that built an accessible playground in Keokuk was arrested Wednesday morning. Tyler McGhghy, 36, of rural Keokuk is charged with one count of theft and four counts of forgery.

Rich Egger

Two former students filed the civil lawsuit in federal court early this year, seeking $10 million. The women said when they were students at Macomb High School, a male student sexually assaulted and harassed them repeatedly on school grounds.

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.

Keokuk Police Department

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