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Macomb marked Patriot Day on September 11 by dedicating a new memorial in Chandler Park. It pays tribute to deceased military veterans from McDonough County.

BREANNA DESCOUROUEZ

Adults in Illinois will be able to legally buy and use marijuana for non-medical purposes beginning January 1, 2020.  At that same time, communities will be allowed to charge a local option sales tax of up to 3% on marijuana products.

Rich Egger

In recent weeks, there have been hosted discussions and meetings, as well as dialogue on social media, regarding race relations, inclusivity, and moving our community forward. As the mayor of Macomb, I have been involved in the meetings hosted by the NAACP and others, and I have personally met with many of our community's leaders and residents.

Downtown Mural to Show History of Macomb

Jun 11, 2019
Jason Parrott / TSPR

About a half-dozen volunteers spent Monday morning painting the north side of The Old Dairy restaurant in Macomb a shade of light blue known as “Arctic Wind”. It’s part of an effort to bring more art to the downtown district.

Rich Egger

Scott Coker grew up in Macomb. After college, he worked at NTN Bower and Western Illinois University before becoming the city's public works director a couple years ago. Now he holds the top job in the community's government – city administrator.

Macomb City Council Honors Past, Celebrates Future

May 8, 2019
Jason Parrott / TSPR

The Macomb City Council took time Monday night to honor outgoing Alderman At Large Don Wynn and retired City Administrator Dean Torreson. The council also welcomed its newest member: Alderwoman At Large Tammie Leigh Brown-Edwards.

Arts Center Getting New Name and New Look

May 2, 2019
Tri States Public Radio

The West Central Illinois Arts Center in downtown Macomb is undergoing some major renovations. For starters, the facility has a new name: the Macomb Arts Center. Ron Petrin, a member of the MAC's Board of Directors, said the new name is much simpler and easier to remember. 

Rich Egger

The Macomb School District plans to build a middle school just south of the high school, so the city will make improvements to one of the streets leading to the new school.

Mike Inman Seeks Reelection as Macomb Mayor

Mar 28, 2019
Emily Boyer / Tri States Public Radio

Macomb voters will choose who will serve as the city's mayor for the next four years when they go to the polls on April 2. Current Mayor Mike Inman is running for a third term. He is not opposed on the ballot, but Kristen-Diane Pollock is running as a write-in candidate for mayor.

Emily Boyer / Tri States Public Radio

Macomb voters will choose who will serve as the city's mayor for the next four years when they go to the polls on April 2. Kristen-Diane (Jacqueline) Pollock is a write-in candidate in Macomb's mayoral race. Pollock is running against Mayor Mike Inman, who is seeking a third term in office.

Macomb Lifts Sunday Ban on Retail Liquor Sales

Mar 20, 2019
Tri States Public Radio

The city of Macomb will soon allow local stores to sell alcohol on Sundays. In a unanimous vote, the Macomb City Council approved several changes to local liquor laws including the addition of package liquor sales from noon to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Please Join TSPR Friends and Staff at the Stand with TSPR Party!

As Jeff Holtz, TSPR’s Jazz deejay recently said, "Friday, March 1 is public radio’s first day out in the rain and snow, without the sheltering comfort of the maternal WIU umbrella; so naturally, we’re having a party.”

Join us Friday, March 1st at 7pm for a concert by our friends Sally Weisenburg and Don Berbaum at the Tri States Public Radio Station, 320 W. University Dr, Macomb. Admission to the concert is a donation at the door.

Drive-Thru Coffee Shop Looks to Open in Macomb

Feb 7, 2019

Tracey DeBold came up with the idea to turn a small city-owned property into a drive-thru coffee shop. She opened her first eatery five years ago: the Sweet Shack on Main St. in Blandinsville, which is open seasonally. Two years ago she expanded into Macomb, opening Sweet Shack 2.0 on Carroll Street.

Courtesy Forgottonia Brewing

Construction continues as crews work to transform the building at 324 North Lafayette St. in Macomb into a brewery.  But some of the paperwork required to open Forgottonia Brewing could get delayed by the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Rich Egger

A plaque now marks the site where civil rights leader Reverend C.T. Vivian lived when he grew up in Macomb. The lot at 702 E. Adams St. is currently empty but Byron Oden-Shabazz is making big plans for it.

Remembering Melissa Inman

Oct 31, 2018
Tri States Public Radio

Melissa Inman, a well-known artist in the region and the wife of Macomb's mayor has died. Inman was 55. She’s survived by her husband of 31 years, Mike Inman, and their four children.

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman has taken on another leadership position. He is the newly elected president of the Illinois Municipal League, which is a leading advocacy group for cities across the state.

Rich Egger

Many small businesses struggle to achieve profitability. The situation is no different for the Macomb Food Co-op.

Annette Carper Appointed to Macomb City Council

Aug 22, 2018
TSPR's Emily Boyer

Annette Carper said she was a little surprised when Mayor Mike Inman asked her to apply for an open seat on the Macomb City Council.

Rich Egger

The buildings that once housed Kmart, JCPenney, and Farm King sit vacant on the city's east side, though the mayor said it's not from a lack of trying.

Macomb Photographer's Work Increases Pet Adoptions

Aug 13, 2018
Emily Stieren

Stacie Kwacala has been in business since 2009. She runs Captured Moments Photography, where she preserves memories through photos for weddings, pregnancies, high school seniors, and more.  She more recently started donating her time and skills to encourage prospective pet owners to create memories by adopting an animal from the local shelter.

Rich Egger

The Macomb School District, the city of Macomb, McDonough District Hospital, and the YMCA of McDonough County have talked for several years about building a combination middle school and community center, a project called Community First.  It now looks like the school district is ready to move ahead on construction of a middle school with or without the partners.

Rich Egger

The federal government will make $366 million available for bus and bus facility projects across the country.  Macomb is interested in a share of that cash.

Rich Egger

Representatives from eight proposed businesses pitched their plans during the Downtown Macomb Retail Business Competition. Only one winner was chosen, but some of the other business plans could still come to fruition.

Rich Egger

Eight aspiring entrepreneurs pitched their business proposals to a panel of five judges Thursday evening in front of an auditorium full of supporters at The Forum in downtown Macomb.  It was winner-take-all for the $28,000 in cash and prizes to help start the business.

Rich Egger

The plain white back door to the Western Illinois Museum's back room becomes a time portal twice a month, transporting visitors to a Prohibition-era speakeasy. And just like the illegal drinking establishments of the Roaring '20s, you can't get in if you don’t know the password.

Macomb Hosts The Survival Challenge

Jun 22, 2018
Tri States Public Radio

On the popular reality television show Survivor, contestants are sent to a remote location and put through a series of difficult physical and mental challenges. They fight to outwork and outsmart their opponents in order to earn the title of Survivor.        

There are 24 people from across the country trying to accomplish the same this weekend on a property located just outside of Macomb.

Rich Egger

Macomb started Memorial Day weekend by unveiling a bronze sign at Oakwood Cemetery.   The marker was installed to celebrate the burial ground's designation as a state historic site.  It summarizes Oakwood's founding and history.

The city said the EAB infestation was found on the 300 block of North Johnson Street, and that the Illinois Department of Agriculture has confirmed it.

Rich Egger

Members and employees of the Elks Lodge in Macomb are credited with helping save the life of one of the city's aldermen.  During this week's city council meeting, Fourth Ward Alderman Tom Koch publicly thanked them.

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