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The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt at City Hall in Monmouth.   The city administration said it issued mandatory furloughs to seven full-time and three part-time employees:

City of Monmouth

Ten aircraft were inside the Monmouth Municipal Airport hangar when a fire broke out early Friday.  The city reported eight of the planes were destroyed and the other two were damaged.

Rich Egger

Natalie Curtis had a daunting assignment this summer: design and complete a mural to cover the side of the Buchanan Center for the Arts that faces the library. Her "canvas" was around 100 feet long and 35 feet tall – a bit more than 4,000 square feet according to Curtis. 

She was thrilled with the opportunity.

Courtesy the city of Monmouth

Monmouth would like to beautify its downtown square but cannot afford the project without funding assistance through a grant program.

Work is underway on a huge new mural in Monmouth. It will be painted on the Buchanan Center for the Arts, covering the side of the building that faces the library.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation said that beginning Monday, April 16, it will close all four lanes of U.S. Route 34 from Illinois 164 east of Monmouth to Main Street in Galesburg to make improvements.  The project is scheduled to last into October.

The Solar Eclipse in the Tri States

Aug 21, 2017
Rich Egger

More than 90% of the sun was covered by the moon at the height of Monday's solar eclipse in the tri states.  Overcast skies generally obscured the eclipse, though occasional breaks in the clouds gave people glimpses of the phenomenon. 

Warren County YMCA Debuts Wellness Center

Jan 6, 2017
T.J. Carson

There's a new location in Warren County for those still committed to getting in shape as part of their New Year's resolution.

Fire Idles Workers at Monmouth's Largest Employer

Sep 6, 2016
T.J. Carson

Production at the Smithfield Foods processing plant in Monmouth is shut down for the time being as executives from the company and the city  look into the damage from Monday's fire.  Around 1,600 people work at the plant.

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:

Rich Egger

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has developed half-a-dozen potential routes for an upgraded U.S. Highway 34 between the Mississippi River and Biggsville.  The plan is to convert the two-lane road into a four-lane expressway with a grass median.

Tourism & Marketing in the Tri States

Jul 12, 2015
Rich Egger

Macomb aldermen are contemplating whether to end the city's relationship with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and instead have the duties handled by City Hall.  It's an issue worth watching because of the economic impact of tourism.

Wyatt Earp Museum Reopened

May 26, 2015
T.J. Carson

The Monmouth birthplace of the famous lawman from the Wild West has been closed for years. But the new owner wants to revive it as a tourist destination.

Monmouth Mayor Gives State of City Address

May 7, 2015
T.J. Carson

The mayor of Monmouth gave a mostly optimistic view of his city in his annual State of the City address. Rod Davies told business leaders that “exciting times” are ahead. He used Farmland Foods and Monmouth College as examples.

Former Missouri Governor Talks Global Economics

Mar 25, 2015
T.J. Carson

The head of the Midwest-U.S. China Association doesn’t want to see America's cornbelt fall behind in a changing global economy.  Bob Holden, who served as governor of Missouri from 2001 to 2005, spoke at Monmouth College as part of its "Midwest Matters" initiative.

Macomb and Monmouth Ask for Full State Funding

Mar 18, 2015
Rich Egger

The Macomb City Council is sending a letter to the Governor and Legislature asking to receive full funding from the state.

Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed cutting in half local government’s share of the state’s income tax revenue.

Monmouth Organization Preparing for Big Moves

Feb 26, 2015
T.J. Carson

A group that serves the mentally disabled in Warren County is looking to make big changes in the near future.

Warren Achievement Facility has already made its debut of a new logo that emphasizes the word "Achievement" more.

Cloverleaf Begins Hiring Process

Feb 4, 2015
T.J. Carson

More than 150 jobs will be available at the Cloverleaf Cold Storage Facility that will soon open in Monmouth.

Monmouth Art Center Selects New Leader

Jan 8, 2015
T.J. Carson

The Buchanan Center for the Arts is starting the new year with a new executive director.

Kristyne Gilbert Bradford was named to the position this week.  She replaced Susan Twomey, who served as executive director the past eight years.

Bradford completed her Master’s degree at Western Illinois University.  While at WIU, Bradford was a teaching assistant in the Department of English & Journalism.

Rich Egger

Susan Twomey, Executive Director of the Buchanan Center for the Arts, has announced her plans to retire in a few years.

Green Space Project in Monmouth Delayed

Aug 27, 2014
Ross6606 / Flickr Creative Commons

The demolition of two buildings on the square in Monmouth is running slightly behind schedule, which in turn is delaying the completion of another downtown project.

More Lofts Planned for Downtown Monmouth

Aug 5, 2014

More upscale housing is coming to Monmouth’s downtown.

Winners Chosen for Monmouth Business Competition

Jul 31, 2014
City of Monmouth

Monmouth Director of Community Development Paul Schuytema said the Fusion Theater at Monmouth College was "packed beyond imagination" as the results were announced for the Shops of Monmouth Retail Business Competition.

Monmouth Narrows Field of Potential New Businesses

Jul 24, 2014
Flickr Commons / Pete Zarria

The city of Monmouth is one step closer to having some new downtown businesses.

Monmouth-Roseville Schools Seek Tax Hike

Jul 17, 2014

Residents of the Monmouth-Roseville School District are again being asked to pay more in property taxes.

Monmouth Plans Improvements for Citizen's Lake

Jul 8, 2014
TSPR's Emily Boyer

Monmouth will know by the end of the year if it has received a $400,000 state grant.

Flickr Commons / Pete Zarria

The city of Monmouth is hosting two workshops to help people learn tools to succeed in opening their own retail business.

Monmouth: Calling All Entrepreneurs

Jun 2, 2014
ross6606 / Flickr Creative Commons

Monmouth is hosting a competition for anyone interested in opening their own retail business. That's any business that will collect sales tax.

Monmouth Attracts New Business

May 19, 2014
Emily Boyer / TSPR

Monmouth’s largest employer is bringing even more business to the city.

courtesy Doug Rankin/Monmouth College

The stage is set for the Fusion Theatre to take the spotlight this week.