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WIU Formulating Plans to Increase Enrollment

The head of Western Illinois University said plans are already in the works to attract more students, though it might take a couple years to turn around enrollment numbers that have declined for more than a decade.

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Galesburg has completed the latest round of testing for the presence of lead in drinking water. The city said the results show its prevention efforts are working.

Macomb marked Patriot Day on September 11 by dedicating a new memorial in Chandler Park. It pays tribute to deceased military veterans from McDonough County.

Charlie Wheeler has been covering Illinois government for 50 years. As he retires from leading the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield, he reflects on the decline of the Statehouse press corps, the threat that poses to democracy, and the rays of hope in non-profit news.

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My son is a senior in high school this year. Visiting other university campuses over the past several months has given me a new view of universities --- a view from "the parent side." Those of us in higher education work every day from the inside to make the experiences of our students as fulfilling as possible. However, we can all benefit from an outside view to bring things into focus.

Construction on the Central Lee School District's campus near Donnellson is expected to increase significantly in the next few years. That’s because residents on Tuesday approved a $12.9 million bond issue to pay for facility improvements.

One person is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Burlington early Wednesday morning.

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Western Illinois University is being told to release recordings from more closed door meetings of its Board of Trustees.

DAN LOARIE / CREATIVE COMMONS

This year's catastrophic flooding has created hard times for many people in Midwest, but it's created a nirvana for mosquitoes.

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Roquette America is making a sizeable donation to the Hoerner YMCA in Keokuk. The company announced that it will contribute $500,000 over the next four years, starting with an initial donation of $200,000.

Burlington Police Department

The Burlington Police Department arrested Andrew Nebergall, 45, of West Burlington and charged him with one count of enticing a minor under the age of 16 for a sexual purpose or illegal act. Nebergall, who was a member of the Burlington Fire Department, resigned from his job prior to his arrest.

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DAN LOARIE / CREATIVE COMMONS

This year's catastrophic flooding has created hard times for many people in Midwest, but it's created a nirvana for mosquitoes.

U.S. REP. ROGER MARSHALL'S OFFICE

Held up over disagreements over federal food stamps, the first draft of the 2018 farm bill arrived Thursday, bearing 35 changes to that program, including starting a national database of participants.

Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

As agriculture intensified in the 20th century, summers in the Midwest became wetter and cooler.  An MIT study published this month looked at whether vegetation from crop production, rather than greenhouse gas emissions that are an established source of climate changes, could have driven these regional impacts.

Ben Kuebrich/Kansas News Service/Harvest Public Media

A new, widely debated federal mandate requires truckers to electronically track the number of hours they're on the road — a rule that is meant to make highways safer. But there is a big difference between hauling a load of TVs and a load of cattle destined for meatpacking plants.

DARRELL HOEMANN / FILE/MIDWEST CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Lawsuits filed in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas against the makers of the herbicide dicamba will be centralized in the federal court in St. Louis.

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