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Southeast Iowa Bicycle Races Called Off

Mar 31, 2020
Rich Egger

The bicycle races held in southeast Iowa each year during the Memorial Day weekend are being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. That includes the Snake Alley Criterium in Burlington.

City of Burlington website

Burlington city council members choose the mayor from among their ranks, and this week they voted unanimously in favor of Jon Billups. He will serve a two-year term.

Eight people face federal criminal charges for their alleged involvement in what’s described as a "large drug trafficking operation" in Burlington.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has released the identities of the people involved in an officer-involved shooting in Burlington on Nov. 7.

The Burlington Beacon

The three candidates for two open seats on the Burlington City Council are Robert Critser, Bill Maupin, and Christopher Roepke. They recently took part in a candidate forum hosted and moderated by the Greater Burlington Partnership.

Burlington Seeking Legal Advice on Plant Upgrade

Oct 3, 2019
City of Burlington

The Burlington City Council is seeking legal advice before it awards a contract for some upcoming work at the city's wastewater treatment facility. The advice is needed after a problem surfaced with the apparent low bid.

Burlington Residents Meet to Talk Crime

Sep 25, 2019
Jason Parrott / TSPR

About 50 people met at the Loft in downtown Burlington Monday night for a community forum on crime. The meeting was prompted in part by a seven-day span this month in which two people were killed and two others injured in three separate shootings.

Community Calls for End to Gun Violence in Burlington

Sep 19, 2019

A recent seven-day stretch has led to increased calls to address gun violence in Burlington. From September 5-11, four people were shot in three separate cases throughout the city. Two of the gunshot victims died.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Burlington's multi-million dollar permanent flood wall is still a few years from completion, so at times the city must rely on temporary barriers to hold back the Mississippi River. The failure of those barriers on June 1 allowed the river to overwhelm portions of the downtown, resulting in months of clean-up.

City of Burlington

The historic Tama Complex in downtown Burlington was in the midst of a multi-million dollar renovation one year ago when it was destroyed by a fire. The site is now clear of debris and the developer has revealed his latest plans to replace the two buildings.

Burlington Police Department

A jury found two Burlington men guilty of 2nd degree murder and 3rd degree kidnapping for their roles in the death of Edward “Eddie” Breuer of Burlington. Breuer was beaten and left outside an apartment building in Burlington on March 17, 2019.

Burlington Assessing Damage from Flooding

Jun 19, 2019
The Burlington Beacon

The Mississippi River at Burlington continues to recede, dipping below major flood stage over the weekend. As the floodwaters recede, the city is learning the scope of the damage caused by the failure of a temporary flood barrier several weeks ago.

The Burlington Beacon

It could be several weeks before Burlington learns the full extent of damage to the downtown district. Streets, parking lots and buildings near the Mississippi River were inundated with flood water after a temporary flood barrier failed Saturday afternoon.

May is Preservation Month

May 17, 2019
Facebook: Downtown Burlington Iowa

Nearly 50 years ago, the National Trust for Historic Preservation declared the month of May as Preservation Month. It is a way to promote historic places and highlight the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. The head of Burlington's Historic Preservation Commission said he sees the benefits of local historic preservation efforts on a daily basis.

RAGBRAI to Make Two Stops in Southeast Iowa

Jan 30, 2019

The unveiling of the route for this year’s RAGBRAI offered a twist: two stops along the Mississippi River in southeast Iowa. The head of the annual bicycle ride across the state said the idea is to keep things new and exciting.

Burlington Police

The Burlington Police Department said one person was arrested following a fatal stabbing Tuesday. Officers responding to the 1300 block of South Garfield Street at 2:19 p.m. found a woman with a stab wound.

Burlington's New Garbage Cart System Already In Use

Sep 29, 2018
Jason Parrott / TSPR

Burlington's new trash collection system is already up and running, despite that fact that thousands of new trash carts have yet to be delivered.

John Lovretta / www.thehawkeye.com

The Tama Building in downtown Burlington is considered a total loss following a fire that started late Saturday night. The building was in the final stages of a multi-million dollar restoration project that included upper-story housing and ground level commercial space.

Burlington Breaks Ground on "The Turf"

Jul 25, 2018
Jason Parrott / TSPR

Supporters are confident that construction of a new indoor sports complex in Burlington will help the region capitalize on the popularity of traveling youth sports teams. They broke ground on the facility this week, drawing a crowd of nearly 200 people, including many kids who will eventually play there.

New Garbage Collection System in Burlington

Jul 19, 2018
Jason Parrott

Burlington homeowners have a question to answer in the coming weeks: how large of a trash cart do they want for their properties? The answer is needed because the city is changing its garbage collection system.

Siemens Closing Burlington Manufacturing Plant

Apr 24, 2018
Tanner Cole / The Hawkeye

Siemens announced Monday that it will close its manufacturing plant in Burlington, Iowa. The closure will take place in phases over the next year and will leave approximately 125 people out of work.

Burlington Plans To Reconfigure Mount Pleasant Street

Mar 14, 2018
Google Maps

Burlington is moving ahead with a significant reconfiguration of Mount Pleasant Street. The city said the goal of the project is to improve safety.

Burlington City Manager Staying Put

Aug 24, 2017
Jason Parrott / TSPR

The public comment portion of Burlington City Council meetings is designed to let citizens address aldermen, so it was a little unusual for one of its own to step to the podium Monday night. But Mayor Shane McCampbell had a purpose: to encourage City Manager Jim Ferneau to rescind his resignation, which Ferneau submitted August 4.

Burlington City Manager to Resign

Aug 8, 2017
Jason Parrott / TSPR

Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau is resigning. He submitted his two-month notice to the city on Friday, Aug. 4.

Burlington Lights Up the Downtown

Aug 23, 2016
Jason Parrott / TSPR

Hundreds of people filled downtown Burlington Friday night for the unveiling of the Downtown Burlington Lightscape Project. Organizers says it was the culmination of five years of hard work and a sign of what's to come for the district.

Des Moines County Jail

The trial of Chris King, a former member of the Burlington City Council, is entering its second week. King faces up to 35 years in prison on multiple charges including sexual abuse and indecent exposure.

Around the Region: 4th of July Fireworks

Jul 1, 2016
Western Illinois University

The U.S. celebrates a major holiday this weekend. With the 4th of July falling on a Monday this year, there's some variety on when celebrations are scheduled during the three-day weekend. 

Independence Day is often met with parades, picnics and marching bands. But, the most popular way to celebrate is by lighting up the night's sky with fireworks.

We've compiled a list of the best places to see free fireworks shows in the tri states region this holiday weekend.

West Central Illinois Fireworks shows:

Lewistown Fireworks:

Burlington Might Buy Building for a Buck

Dec 4, 2015
Steve Frevert / DPI

There's not much you can get for $1.00 these days: gas station coffee, wrapping paper, a couple of bananas. That is unless you are the Burlington City Council, which could get a four-story building for a buck.

Parking Studied in Galesburg, Burlington

Oct 15, 2015
Jason Parrott / TSPR

A downtown district's success depends a lot on whether people can easily access its retail shops and restaurants. A couple local cities are taking steps to make sure anyone who wants to visit their downtown districts can find a place to park.

Burlington Voters to Decide on New Police Station

Aug 28, 2015

The clock is ticking for city leaders in Burlington to convince residents that it's a good idea to borrow money for a new police station.  The $4 million bond referendum will appear on the Nov. 3 municipal election ballot.