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The Push is Underway for New Library in Carthage

The Carthage Public Library District will receive a $1.2 million Public Library Construction Act grant from the state -- if the community can raise a matching amount by the end of June, 2021. Library Director Amy Gee said they are off to a good start.

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Ending cash bail doesn't lead to an increase in crime, according to a new report from researchers at Loyola University Chicago. 

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she has recovered from COVID-19.

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COVID-19 cases in Lee County are skyrocketing, prompting the county's Board of Health to issue a directive about mitigation efforts.

The Illinois High School Association has halted winter sports, at least for now.

Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday called on longtime House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) to resign from his speakership if he could not explain his knowledge of or role in a years-long bribery scheme allegedly orchestrated by lobbyists and officials of electric giant Commonwealth Edison in an attempt to curry favor with Madigan.

For the first time in more than 70 years, one of the oldest football rivalries in college sports will not be renewed. The annual football game between two small colleges in western Illinois, Knox and Monmouth, has been called off. 

A longtime confidante of House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) was charged along with two other former Commonwealth Edison lobbyists and the CEO of ComEd’s parent company in a nine-count indictment Wednesday, alleging the four conspired on a wide-ranging bribery scheme all designed to influence the powerful House Speaker.

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Nov 18, 2020

The 5th annual Macomb/McDonough County Out of the Darkness Event was held September 26, 2020 on the Macomb City Hall lawn. Things were done differently this year because of the pandemic, but our incredible community raised over $19,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Unfortunately, our community and others continue to lose loved to suicide far too often.

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The report placed all 99 of Iowa's counties in the red zone for community transmission, saying the state's spread is now "exponential and unyielding."

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Dr. Guiyou Huang spoke with Tri States Public Radio Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after Western Illinois University's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire Huang as the 12th president in WIU history.

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Dusty Spurgeon is proud to be a female farmer. 

The surge in online shopping is helping the U.S. Postal Service stay afloat financially, but the influx of packages is straining rural letter carriers across the country. 

An increase in online orders is projected to help the postal service run until September 2021. Ronnie Stutts, the president of the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, says while the increase in mail is good, they are facing a worker shortage because a large percentage rural carriers are still on leave. 

Zack Smith pats the snout of a pig that stretches up to greet him from inside the back pen of a mobile barn. On this field, Smith planted alternating sections of corn and pasture, to test an experiment he calls “stock cropping.” 

“This is our answer for putting diversification and multiple species back on the land,” he says. “And we’re going to have a four-ring circus, was my idea, of animals parading through, grazing and laying their manure down.”

A propane tank painted to look like a watermelon sits in front of a produce stand on Highway 150 in Fayette County, Iowa. Its long-time owner, Atrus (Attie) Stepp, who was Black, launched Fayette’s annual Watermelon Days festival in 1976.

“Everybody’s got good things to say about Attie,” said Charles Downs, who runs the stand now. 

Downs, who is white, bought the stand from Stepp’s daughter, ending the family’s long legacy. 

“Conservatively, I’d say it’s been here 80 years, at least, and it’s probably... maybe a hundred,” Downs said.

Much of the Great Plains is experiencing drought: So far, at least half of Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa, and Oklahoma are abnormally dry, with large areas experiencing severe drought.

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