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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.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University announced in June plans to lay off two dozen faculty members and eliminate another 62 positions that are either vacant or soon to become vacant.  Tri States Public Radio previously reported a breakdown of the faculty layoffs. But, we're just now learning more about the 62 positions slated for elimination.  The data comes from Western's response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Severe weather ripped through Van Buren County on July 19 with two EF-1 tornadoes touching down near the county seat of Keosauqua. One of the twisters destroyed a piece of the county's history, but not before its image could be captured on canvas.

Rich Egger

A high quality reproduction of a famous photo of Abraham Lincoln was unveiled during a brief ceremony at the McDonough County Courthouse. The image was captured by highly regarded photographer Alexander Hesler in Springfield in June, 1860, which is right after Lincoln won the Republican nomination for president.

Lee County is looking to renovate the exterior of the county courthouse in Fort Madison now that work has concluded on the exterior of the county courthouse in Keokuk.  Lee is the only county in Iowa with two courthouses.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The Burlington Police Department moved into its new headquarters a few weeks ago. And this week marked the first time the public has had a chance to tour it.

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.

A federal judge in Chicago has approved a settlement in a lawsuit over Illinois' handling of deaf prisoners.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Supporters are confident that construction of a new indoor sports complex in Burlington will help the region capitalize on the popularity of traveling youth sports teams. They broke ground on the facility this week, drawing a crowd of nearly 200 people, including many kids who will eventually play there.

Great River Health System in West Burlington and Fort Madison Community Hospital announced in December 2017 that they were exploring a merger. The two sides announced Tuesday morning that the exploration is complete and that they will start working together on August 1.

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.

Twenty five years ago, one of the worst natural disasters in the country’s history took place. The Great Flood of 1993 resulted in major flooding along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. 

But it also showed the best in people who came to the aid of those in need.  

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.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Dakota Foley stood before about 70 young kids and 20 adults Wednesday morning at the Keokuk Public Library. He was joined in the Round Room by his partner, Kion, a two-year-old black German Shepard.

Jason Parrott

Burlington homeowners have a question to answer in the coming weeks: how large of a trash cart do they want for their properties? The answer is needed because the city is changing its garbage collection system.

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.

Rich Egger

Hundreds of people turned out Wednesday morning for a ceremony to mark the opening of the East Main Street underpass.  It will allow emergency vehicles and other drivers to get around that part of town without being stopped by trains.

TSPR's Rich Egger

Western Illinois University laid out its plans for restructuring and realigning its academic offerings during a much anticipated news conference on Monday.

The Illinois Governor’s Mansion reopened Saturday after a multi-million-dollar renovation.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University has seen a sharp drop in student enrollment in recent years, which means less money coming in through tuition and fees.  That, combined with decreases in state financial support – especially during the two-year state budget impasse – hurt the university's finances, leading to layoffs, furloughs, and an early retirement program.

Courtesy Project Rebound

Project Rebound is a non-profit organization that looks for single family homes in Galesburg that can be bought, renovated, and then sold for $60,000 or less with no down payment.  It strives to help people who are working stable jobs and have good credit but who don't make enough money to save for a down payment. 

Rich Egger

What’s described as a "big paddling event" is scheduled for this month at the Emiquon Preserve, which is a restored wetland along the Illinois River near Lewistown.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The oldest county fair in Iowa gets underway in Donnellson this week. Organizers say the Lee County Fair, which dates back to 1841, will offer a little something for everyone from July 11-16.

A former member of the Keokuk City Council wants the city to prohibit the personal use of fireworks within city limits.

Experts blame the long-standing problem on discrimination, especially the "inadequate, inequitable'' education funding system.

During an emergency meeting this week, the Van Buren County Board appointed Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille as acting county attorney. It appears Dille’s appointment will be short-lived per a recent ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court.

Rich Egger

Leaders at Western Illinois University said they will unveil details about the school's realignment plans on July 16.  They said everything is being evaluated so it's too soon to discuss what might be included in the plans.

Illinois lawmakers were unable to agree this spring on a plan to protect good Samaritans who rescue an animal left inside a hot car. Advocates say the push will continue.
 

Illinois hospitals will soon receive money to treat millions of people who are covered through Medicaid. The federal government has approved state's latest hospital assessment program, which gives money to hospitals for treating its poorest individuals.


Western Illinois University

There is arguably no better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a good old fashioned fireworks show.  We've compiled a list of the best places to see free fireworks displays in the tri states region this Fourth of July. 

TSPR

A few details are emerging about the layoffs at Western Illinois University, which were authorized by the Board of Trustees during a special meeting late last week. A total of two dozen faculty members and two other employees in academic affairs are losing their jobs.

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