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WIU Board Opts for Presidential Search Rather Than Appointment

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees deadlocked on appointing Dr. Martin Abraham as the university's 12th president. The vote came after the board held a five hour executive session Thursday night and met behind closed doors for more than an hour Friday morning.

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Jingle All the Way

Dec 11, 2019
Rich Egger

American composer James Pierpont published "One Horse Open Sleigh" more than 160 years ago. Today, the song is known by most everyone as "Jingle Bells."

Commentary: Take Time to Reflect on Your Wonderful Life

Dec 11, 2019

Tradition! Tis the season of traditions this time of year and part of mine of course include screen time.  We of a certain age have to watch the claymation half hour specials of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and of course Santa Claus is Coming to Town. You know, Burgermeister- Meister-Burger. But a must see that I do always is:  It's A Wonderful Life.  It is a love story between George Bailey and the town he is a part of, and turns out the town is a part of him. Only at this moment the relationship is in crisis. In the opening scenes we learn through the community of voices concerned for him that on Christmas Eve 1945 George Bailey is at the end of his rope. All he ever wanted to do was leave his hometown and now at this moment, George feels he has failed everyone especially himself.  

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The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) said a Fort Madison police officer shot and killed a suspect while responding to a call of a person armed with a handgun at a local manufacturing warehouse.

A pair of credit rating agencies on Tuesday issued warnings on the finances of both the state of Illinois and its largest city.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss a story in Columbia Journalism Review, which reported that mass layoffs at the Denver Post a little more than a year ago led to a rebellion against the paper's owner, Alden Global Capital. 10 journalists defected from the Post to risk launching The Colorado Sun when a cryptocurrency and blockchain technology company offered them grant money to do so. 

Rich Egger

The federal government is looking to sign up more people in McDonough County to help conduct next year's census. Macomb Mayor Mike Inman said only about 30% of the positions have been filled. 

Likely more than 100,000 Illinoisans will lose food stamps under a rule change finalized by President Donald’s Trump administration this week. 

The FBI and Illinois State Police on Thursday arrested three men who work as correctional officers at the Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mt. Sterling. 

Would you say that most people can be trusted, or that you can’t be too careful? An NPR Illinois survey shows Illinoisans are divided on the question — though not in the usual ways of politics. This week, we look at the issue of trust, and why it matters for democracy.

Severe staffing cutbacks are overwhelming the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement efforts. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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