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Brian Mackey

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner shared his vision for the next year during his second State of the State speech, which was delivered to Illinois lawmakers at noon Wednesday.

Illinois Tourism Revenue Up, Despite State Economy

Jan 21, 2016
Credit: Johnny Cather, TSPR

Illinois Director of Tourism Cory Jobe visited Macomb this week to provide some insight into what he called the department's success.

In a tight election, sometimes something as minor as where a name falls on the ballot can make a difference. The order for presidential candidates in Illinois has been determined as long as they all actually remain on the ballot.

Bill Gaither/Carl Sandburg College

Carl Sandburg College President Lori Sundberg told members of the Illinois House that the state budget impasse is hurting the western Illinois college and its students.

T.J. Carson

A third person is in the race for the 74th District State Representative seat in Knox and Henry Counties.  Mike DeSutter of Woodhull made the announcement in front of family and supporters outside the Knox County Courthouse. 

T.J. Carson

A veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard is making a run for the State Legislature as a Republican.

How Much Corn Could You Pick by Hand in 20 Minutes?

Oct 30, 2015
Abby Wendle

I wiped my palms on my jeans, tugged at the bill of my baseball hat, and took a deep breath. It was my first time competing in the annual Illinois State Corn Husking Contest at the end of September and I was nervous.

Saline to Run for 74th District Seat

Oct 13, 2015
T.J. Carson

The head of Knox County's Republican Party is seeking a job in the Illinois House.  Wayne Saline will run for the seat now held by Don Moffitt (R-Gilson), who is retiring.

Independent Maps Group Enjoying Support

Sep 11, 2015
T.J. Carson

Independent Map Amendment (IMA), which seeks to take the legislative mapping process out of the hands of politicians, is confident its plan will go before voters in Illinois next year.

Jordan Fischer

Tri States Public Radio is going to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance on September 24th, and you're invited to join us!

2014 Election Results

Nov 4, 2014

The Tri States Public Radio Newsroom will be covering and updating all local election results on-air this evening until around midnight. You can also follow our coverage online here.

In addition to our local coverage, NPR News will be live blogging all the national election results on their Tumblr, which you can follow below.

Corn Huskers Still Pick by Hand

Oct 7, 2014
Abby Wendle

Dick Humes squinted and sweat as he moved down a row of corn. He sliced through the husk with a metal hook in his right hand, snapped the ear from its stalk with his left, and threw it over his shoulder into a wagon rolling alongside him.

L Harless / Flickr Creative Commons

More than 8 million people nationally signed up for health insurance during the first open enrollment period.

At least two constitutional amendments will be on ballots across Illinois this November.

Small Gains for Illinois' Housing Market

Apr 1, 2014
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Home prices increased 12.2% across the nation in February compared to a year ago. That's according to real estate aggregator CoreLogic.

For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children.

Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels.

But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion.

Open Enrollment Deadline Looms

Mar 21, 2014
Courtesy of: Eagle View Community Health System

Everyone must have health coverage whether it’s a private plan, through work or a government subsidy by March 31. Those who don’t will face a tax penalty next year.

Chaddock Announces Expansion Plan

Mar 3, 2014
Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

A Quincy-based organization that works with children from across the country is looking to expand its operations.

WIU's ROTC Program Passes Review

Feb 19, 2014
Western Illinois University ROTC

An ongoing review of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps by the U.S. Department of Defense is not worrying Western Illinois University.

Frese Enters IL House District 94

Nov 21, 2013

The first candidate to publicly announce his bid to represent Illinois' 94th House District says job creation and education are his top priorities.

Knox County Treasurer: Pay Raises Not Her Decision

Nov 14, 2013
http://www.knoxcountyil.com/

The Galesburg Election Board has filed a petition to have Knox County Treasurer Robin Davis held in civil contempt for not paying wage increases the panel has called for. 

Sheriff : Inmate Dies of Natural Causes

Nov 8, 2013

Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger says a preliminary autopsy on William Clark, 63 of Sutter, Il. shows that he died of natural causes.

We wrap-up our series on "Flowing Fuels" with a look at who is responsible for inspecting pipelines in Illinois. 

Illinois Election Results - Boards of Education

Apr 9, 2013

The results of school board/community college races from throughout west-central Illinois during the April 9, 2013 election.

Illinois Election Results - Cities/Villages

Apr 9, 2013

The results of city/village races from throughout west-central Illinois during the April 9, 2013 election.

Illinois’ legislature last session failed to pass a law addressing fracking (hydraulic fracturing), and the result may be less that the state dodged a bullet and more that Illinoisans got a blindfold before the order to fire.

The House’s last-day attempt to impose a two-year moratorium and a tax on fracking scuttled SB3280, which in May sought to create fracking regulations where none exist (the Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempts it from the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and other federal environmental regulations). The state Senate unanimously approved the measure in April.

New Laws on Distracted Driving

Jul 22, 2012

Illinois drivers are coming under more pressure to slow down and stay off their cell phones.  

Governor Pat Quinn has signed four laws aimed at making roadways safer.  

"We want to have strict laws that deal with those who greatly exceed the speed limit and cause great harm and loss of life," says Quinn, "and we need to, I think, lay down strict guidelines for our judges and for those in the traffic courts across Illinois, so they know what the rules are."  

Illinois prison guards say Governor Pat Quinn's move to close correctional centers will lead to more violence.

They said, during a rally at the State Capitol in Springfield this week, that assaults are already on the rise due to overcrowding.

Twelve prison guards gave graphic and disturbing reports of violence at their institutions.

Jake Dalton is a sergeant at the Pontiac prison.  He says his facility is drastically understaffed.

"The Governor has lit a fuse on a powder keg," says Dalton, "and he is not going to be around for the explosion.  We are."

Corn Unlikely to Recover from Drought

Jul 17, 2012

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says the current drought conditions have been slowly developing since the start of the calendar year.

"Every month, this year, has been below normal on precipitation and above normal on temperatures," says Angel.  "You get that combination going and we were drying out in March, which is normally the 'budding' month."

Angel says the situation was not helped by a dry winter, which depleted some soil moisture, and less rain last summer and fall.

He says the drought is also feeding on itself. 

Concealed Carry on Adams County Ballot

Jun 13, 2012

The Adams County (IL) Board has voted to place a question about carrying concealed firearms on the November ballot. The results of the referendum would be sent to the state.

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