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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.

Farm towns in Illinois have been shrinking for decades, and the trend doesn’t show signs of reversing.

By 2025, rural counties with populations of less than 10,000 people will see 7.4 percent of their residents leave, while counties with populations between 10,000 and 25,000 will lose 5.4 percent. That’s according to projections from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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The Burlington City Council honored the local fire departments that responded to this month's fire at the Tama Complex in downtown Burlington. All told, more than 50 firefighters from six cities were at the scene.

The Central Lee School District’s proposal to borrow millions of dollars to upgrade its campus near Donnellson narrowly failed at the ballot box a few months ago. It appears residents will be asked to reconsider the plan in April 2019.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner brought his re-election campaign to the McDonough County Republican headquarters, where he said he wants to make more state  funding available for higher education.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Annette Carper said she was a little surprised when Mayor Mike Inman asked her to apply for an open seat on the Macomb City Council.

Rich Egger

The buildings that once housed Kmart, JCPenney, and Farm King sit vacant on the city's east side, though the mayor said it's not from a lack of trying.

Thousands of Illinois Democrats met Thursday in Springfield for the party’s annual state fair brunch.

Candidates repeated familiar attacks on Republicans. But some say they need to do more.

Republicans held their annual rally at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield Wednesday with a message of party unity.  Bruce Rauner still holds the top office in state government. But as he pushes for re-election, he’s trying to appease conservatives who feel betrayed and whose support he needs to win a second term.   

The Keokuk Police Department is investigating a reported dog attack that occurred on August 12. But the agency is not releasing any information due to the "active" nature of the investigation.

After his State of the University speech, Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas told reporters, "We have made cuts and we will have to continue to make those cuts and we will do the necessary things that we have to do."

Another Year of Change Ahead for WIU

Aug 16, 2018
TSPR Emily Boyer

Western Illinois University’s president used his State of the University address during Thursday's University Assembly to say this will be a year of change at the institution.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Keokuk's new entertainment barge has been docked on the Mississippi River just south of the dam for nearly one year. The chairwoman of the Keokuk Riverfront Barge Commission is excited about the opportunities it provides.

The first day of classes for the Central Lee School District is August 23. Students, faculty, and staff will notice an extra level of security when they arrive on campus.

TSPR Emily Boyer

The newest building at Western Illinois University isn't located on the main campus in Macomb but rather at the school's golf course.

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.

Online Learning Can Open Doors For Kids In Juvenile Jails

Aug 13, 2018

But the quality of online coursework is one of many concerns for advocates.

It’s been a recommendation for years, but now it’s law in Illinois. Children may not be flipped forward in their car seats until they are two years old unless they are at least 40 pounds or 40 inches tall. 

Illinois Democrats are trying to put Gov. Bruce Rauner on the spot over equal pay for women.

They’re pushing him to sign legislation that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about salary history.

A look at the races with a local connection during the Aug. 7 Primary Election in Missouri.

Rich Egger

The new school year begins August 20 at Western Illinois University -- less than two weeks from now.  But there is still no contract in place for President Jack Thomas (see editor's note below for update).

John Lovretta / www.thehawkeye.com

The Tama Building in downtown Burlington is considered a total loss following a fire that started late Saturday night. The building was in the final stages of a multi-million dollar restoration project that included upper-story housing and ground level commercial space.

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has identified the body found along a gravel road south of West Point, Iowa Sunday morning as Sadie Alvarado, 20, of Muscatine, Iowa. The agency announced Monday that criminal charges have also been filed in connection with her death.

Monmouth College

Monmouth College will offer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs in Data Science, Engineering, and Neuroscience beginning in fall 2019. The college called the new programs part of a "major academic innovation" that responds to demand.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was sued Friday by a group of former state employees who want their jobs back.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

The Macomb Police Department called in the Illinois Secretary of State Bomb Squad for back up on Friday following a trespassing incident at a local retirement community. 

http://www.warrencountyil.com/offices/sheriff

Warren County was forced this week to close its county jail in Monmouth due to a lack of available correctional officers. That led to the transfer of about two-dozen inmates to the Mercer County Jail in nearby Aledo.

TSPR

Western Illinois University is currently undergoing a period of change, but this is not the first time and likely won't be the last.  

http://www.flintrivertrail.org/where-is-the-trail

The city of Burlington and Des Moines County have been working together for more than a decade to complete a hiking/biking trail through the county. While the project continues to move forward, it could be several more years until the entire route is complete.

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.

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