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WIU Board Approves Fee Increase after Lengthy Debate

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees has approved an increase in student fees, which go to athletics and other student activities. But the change did not come easily.

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A lawmaker who portrays himself as an outsider found himself on the outside Tuesday. A group of protestors, meanwhile, made their voices heard as state lawmakers convened for the first day of a special legislative session.

Moline Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is promoting the Heroes Act after it passed in the House late last week. 

Commentary: We Learn to Improvise

May 20, 2020

Wynton Marsalis has a saying: Improvisation is part of all American life. If you cannot improvise you will not survive.  And therefore, indeed, I live life as a jazz artist, because life is constant improvisation.   

In life we know there is a beginning (Part I of the jazz piece) and that there is an end death/or life's transition, (the piece is finished).  But what about the middle?  The middle is where we participate in and struggle the most.  It is where our most important decisions happen. 


Like many small business owners, Amy Manganelli has taken a financial hit since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. So, a few weeks ago, she decided to apply for a small business loan from the federal government.

The city of Galesburg is considering joining the Restore Heart of Illinois phased reopening plan led by Peoria.

Chicago media critic Robert Feder reported radio talk show host and former TV news reporter Amy Jacobson has been barred from attending Governor J.B. Pritzker's daily coronavirus media briefings after she was one of the speakers at a rally protesting the governor's stay-at-home order.

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When the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees met on May 6, Chairperson Polly Radosh warned the COVID-19 crisis is saddling Western with a new set of budget challenges.

Two county health departments are trialing a new “tech-based” approach to COVID-19 contact tracing. Meanwhile, Governor J.B. Pritzker Monday defended rules that lay out penalties for businesses disobeying statewide shutdown orders.

Pritzker’s office announced both St. Clair and Lake County’s health departments will use a “state-of-the-art” software platform that is designed to gather data from infected persons and track the virus in real-time. Another 95 counties will join them over the next few weeks.

Courtesy of the McDonough County Sheriff's Department

The McDonough County Sheriff's Department reported no one was seriously injured when a small plane crashed in Argyle Lake State Park near Colchester.

Colleges and universities in Illinois want their campuses to be open to students in the fall, after classes were forced online in March due to COVID-19.    A state panel is going to recommend the best approach for the fall semester.


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Like many small business owners, Amy Manganelli has taken a financial hit since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. So, a few weeks ago, she decided to apply for a small business loan from the federal government.

At the start of 2020, the agricultural economy was poised for a good year. 

Then came COVID-19 and like almost every other sector, it tanked. But Chad Hart, an economist at Iowa State University, says that solid footing is still the foundation for an outlook that is not all doom and gloom.

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Pork processing fell nearly 40 percent following temporary closures at meatpacking plants across the Midwest last month. That's created a backlog of market-ready hogs, though the scope of the problem isn't as dramatic as some had feared.

Lisa Marlow is worried about her students. Marlow is a school nurse and educator with the Murphysboro Community Unit School District 186. 

The district serves primarily low-income students in a rural part of southern Illinois. 

When school is in session, Marlow says having eyes on students, especially those with chronic conditions like Type 1 diabetes or asthma, is crucial.

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