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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.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas is completing his seventh year at the helm, yet he has never signed a contract with the school.  Instead the Board of Trustees has always signed a Letter of Employment with him. (see editor's note below for update)

In the Farrington school district, near Mount Vernon, a new teacher makes less than $29,000 — even with a master’s degree. Farrington is one of the lowest-paying districts, but state officials say some 7,000 teachers statewide makes less than $40,000.

A new state law just approved by the legislature would change that.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner used a trip to Quincy Tuesday afternoon to thank the Illinois General Assembly for passing a balanced budget that includes $53 million for the Illinois Veterans Home.

TSPR Emily Boyer

Western Illinois University will receive $47.2 million under the state's budget for Fiscal Year '19, which begins July 1, 2018.  That reflects a 2% funding increase for public higher education across the state.  WIU President Jack Thomas told Tri States Public Radio that the slight funding increase is helpful following several years of financial uncertainty including the two year state budget impasse. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed Illinois’ budget into law.

The polls have closed for the 2018 Primary Election in Iowa. The winners will move on to the 2018 General Election in November.

Keokuk has publicly announced the five finalists in its search for a new city administrator. They will travel to the city this weekend for their official interviews.

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A pair of Keokuk-based radio stations that were on the verge of signing off will remain on-air following a change in ownership.

Fort Madison Community Hospital and Blessing Health System (Quincy, Ill.) announced late Friday afternoon that they are closing the Keokuk Medical Center. The facility along Main Street in downtown Keokuk was open for about 2 ½ years.

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A man was able to walk away, Wednesday morning, from a grain bin accident in rural Des Moines County.

TSPR's Rich Egger

The first two lanes of the Highway 336 bypass around Macomb opened to traffic Friday afternoon.

The Illinois legislature overwhelmingly passed a full year budget Thursday. It includes a few plans to cut down on the state’s massive pension debt.


The Illinois General Assembly has approved a budget for the state — and Governor Bruce Rauner is indicating he’ll “enact” it into law.

On Wednesday, Illinois ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, a proposed change to the U.S. Constitution — 46 years after Congress approved it.

Tri States Public Radio

Faculty and staff at Western Illinois University have voted to ratify a new employment contract. Western's Board of Trustees is scheduled to consider the agreement during a special meeting Friday.

The Macomb Police Department has made a second arrest after 41 dead animals were found inside the Macomb Pet Land over the weekend.

With just two days remaining in the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly, lawmakers are optimistic about passing a state budget on time.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who once aspired for national office, has announced he will resign after months of swirling controversy surrounding an extramarital affair and subsequent investigations about his campaign finances.

Greitens said Tuesday afternoon from his office in Jefferson City that he will step down at 5 p.m. on Friday. The move will elevate Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, a former Republican state lawmaker, to the governor’s office.

"I came to office to fight for the people of Missouri, to fight for the forgotten," Greitens said. "I love Missouri. And I love our people. That love remains."

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Lisa Schaefer (D-Burlington) is running for Des Moines County Attorney. She said one of her top priorities, if elected, is to improve transparency and accountability.

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The owner of Macomb Pet Land, Jessica Spangler, faces charges of aggravated cruelty to animals after the Macomb Police Department found 41 deceased animals inside her store and removed 56 neglected animals from the site.

Nieman Lab reported the FCC's spectrum auction last year drove billions of dollars to hundreds of broadcasters across the country. The windfall of cash came from wireless carriers seeking infrastructure for more powerful networks.  

It appears students involved in the "senior prank" at Fort Madison High School one week ago will be able to participate in graduation after all. That's according to a post on the district’s Facebook page.

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A new exhibit at Knox College pays tribute to the school's 98 alumni and one faculty member who died during military service in World Wars One and Two, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

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.

Keokuk has narrowed the field in its search for a new city administrator. The 5 finalists are expected to be in the city June 8-9 for their official interviews.

Annette Peevler

The Rand Park Pavilion Commission in Keokuk is gearing up for a busy few months of live music and other events in one of the city’s largest parks.  Chairman Jeff Fuller said the commission has organized seven free concerts this summer and fall. The first, scheduled for Saturday, May 26 from 7:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m., features Leaving Abbey.

The three-year pact covers 34 fulltime faculty members at Spoon River College's campuses in Canton, Macomb, Rushville, and Havana.  SRC President Curt Oldfield praised the interest-based bargaining approach used during the negotiations.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The President of the Fort Madison School Board is weighing in on the "senior prank" at the high school over the weekend. He said he expected better from the students involved.

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 / TSPR

The committee formed to help shape the future of West Prairie School District 103 has completed its report.   Now it is up to the Board of Education to decide how to proceed.

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