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Mike Inman

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For the first time in Macomb's long history, the city will have a Black police chief.

Rich Egger

Macomb city council members say they condemn racism, hate, and violence, and they have put that statement in writing in the form of a resolution they approved unanimously.

Rich Egger

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman visited the Tri States Public Radio studios to talk about two of society's biggest issues of 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism.

Rich Egger

Mayor Mike Inman said the Illinois Municipal League provided the city with an estimate of how much revenue might be lost due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Rich Egger

So goes Western Illinois University, so goes the City of Macomb. Western Illinois University and the City of Macomb have a longstanding partnership, and together we work to ensure the town and gown relationship remains steadfast.

Rich Egger

Nearly a dozen local leaders gathered at Macomb City Hall to sign a resolution that they said reinforces the city's and the county's commitment to being welcoming and inclusive. The resolution also denounces hatred and prejudice.

Macomb, Amtrak Partner on Website

Nov 15, 2019
City of Macomb

The city of Macomb has partnered with Amtrak on a special website to track the progress of the passenger trains that stop in the city. It’s similar to the status monitors available in Union Station in Chicago.

Rich Egger

Ben Ellefritz, the campus pastor at The Crossing in Macomb, said he heard too many negative conversations about the community in the past year. He wanted to change the narrative so he came up with the idea for the #ForMacomb day of service, which will be held Saturday, September 28.

Rich Egger

Macomb re-did the streets around the courthouse during Phase 1 of the Downtown Square Streetscape project. The city is now laying the groundwork for Phase 2.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rich Egger

Hundreds of people turned out Wednesday morning for a ceremony to mark the opening of the East Main Street underpass.  It will allow emergency vehicles and other drivers to get around that part of town without being stopped by trains.

Macomb Bypass Now Open to Traffic

Jun 1, 2018
TSPR's Rich Egger

The first two lanes of the Highway 336 bypass around Macomb opened to traffic Friday afternoon.

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.


City leaders received the news they hoped to hear from the state of Illinois. The state awarded Macomb a nearly $1.2 million grant to help pay for the second and final phase of the Historic Courthouse Square Revitalization project.

City Sells Land to Become Future Solar Garden

Jan 25, 2018
Emily Boyer

Sunrise Energy Ventures wants to build a solar garden in Macomb. The Macomb City Council has signed off on the idea by approving the sale of 17 acres to the company.

Solar Garden Proposed for Macomb's Business Park

Jan 17, 2018
screenshot from Sunrise Energy Ventures' website

A renewable energy provider is interested in purchasing the last land available in Macomb's business park.  Mayor Mike Inman said Sunrise Energy Ventures out of Minnesota wants to build a solar garden, which is a smaller version of a solar farm.

Rich Egger

Mayor Mike Inman said businesswoman Kay Ruggles brought the idea for Flags of Love to Macomb after seeing a similar display in southeast Iowa.  Inman said the original goal was to fly 100 American flags in Chandler Park.

Construction of Macomb Bypass Delayed

Nov 3, 2017

The first two lanes of the bypass around Macomb were scheduled to open to motorists this fall. But completion of the project has been pushed back until next spring.

Looking For Government That Works? Try Local

Sep 27, 2017
Rich Egger

I doubt that many people would disagree with me when I say big governments – those in  Washington DC and Springfield -  have not been working very well in the past few years.  Washington and Springfield seem to have a very difficult time doing anything. 

Rich Egger

Former Macomb alderman Ryan Hansen will continue to privately manage Spring Lake Park for the next five years. The new contract goes into effect when the current three-year agreement expires at the end of December, 2017.     

drone photo taken by Chad Sperry / City of Macomb shared the image with TSPR

A major summer construction project has just wrapped up in downtown Macomb and the city is already looking ahead to possibly making more improvements in a couple of years.

Rich Egger

Aldermen are reviewing recommendations to close a projected $540,000 shortfall in the city's General Fund for the current fiscal year, which began May 1. 

MDH Board Supports Privatization Plan

Jun 27, 2017
Rich Egger

McDonough District Hospital has run the ambulance service in McDonough County since the 1970s.  But the MDH Board of Directors voted Monday night to switch to a privately-run service.

Rich Egger

The city will hold a couple veterans-related events in the coming weeks.  They come on the heels of a gathering late last month that honored those who served in the Vietnam War.