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For the first time in more than 70 years, one of the oldest football rivalries in college sports will not be renewed. The annual football game between two small colleges in western Illinois, Knox and Monmouth, has been called off. 

Rich Egger

Media outlets in other countries are closely following this year's presidential election in the United States. A couple researchers from Monmouth College are involved with a project to examine what is being reported and how it differs from four years ago.

About 1,600 people lost their jobs when a major western Illinois employer closed, and moved to Mexico in 2004. 15 years later, students in a class at Monmouth College set out to find out what happened to the former Maytag employees.

Courtesy of Monmouth College

There is no shortage of live theater this weekend in western Illinois.  Productions are scheduled in Monmouth, Macomb, and Galesburg.

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High school students through the decades have sweated over the college admissions tests, the ACT and the SAT.  Now, more and more schools are not requiring applicants to take the standardized tests.

Dan Ott, a professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Monmouth College, believes Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. would be deeply concerned today to see America in an almost perpetual state of war.  Ott also thinks Dr. King would consider mass incarceration a social ill in the U.S.

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Monmouth College will offer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs in Data Science, Engineering, and Neuroscience beginning in fall 2019. The college called the new programs part of a "major academic innovation" that responds to demand.

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. 

International Students and Trump's Travel Ban

Feb 23, 2017
TSPR Emily Boyer

A federal appeals court has blocked President Trump's executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. The administration is expected to issue a revised travel ban soon.  In the meantime, many colleges and universities are standing by international students.

T.J. Carson

Monmouth College alumnus Brad Nahrstadt has a collection of nearly 1,600 buttons from presidential campaigns. Some date back to 1896 when Republican William McKinley defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan. 

T.J. Carson

On a bright and cool afternoon on the campus of Monmouth College, around 250 students went through commencement with a Pulitzer Prize winner and political commentator providing the words of wisdom.

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The U.S. Department of Education is commending 13 public and 13 private colleges and universities from across the nation for excelling in their efforts to help students from low-income families attend college and graduate.  Those schools include Western Illinois University and Monmouth College.

Rich Egger

Representatives from across the higher education spectrum gathered at Western Illinois University in Macomb to urge the state to provide funding for colleges and universities. But just hours afterward, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure (SB 2043) that would have funded MAP grants and provided at least a bit of income for the schools.

An Annual Battle for a Turkey Trophy

Nov 26, 2015
T.J. Carson

November is the time of year when the leaves change from green to vibrant reds and oranges. It's also the time of year when college football teams meet up and battle against longtime rivals for trophies that are just as colorful.

Wyatt Inaugurated as Monmouth College President

Apr 20, 2015
T.J. Carson

Words of wisdom from Abraham Lincoln highlighted the ceremony in which Monmouth College inaugurated Clarence Wyatt as its 14th president.  The ceremony was titled, "Think Anew, Act Anew," based off a quote from an address Lincoln gave to Congress in 1862.

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.

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.

courtesy Doug Rankin/Monmouth College

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

Upgrades Coming to Knox, Monmouth

Jul 29, 2013
Rich Egger

The state will help improve the campuses of some private colleges in western Illinois.

Rich Egger

A couple projects are moving ahead as the Maple City works to breathe new life into its downtown.

Monmouth College Students Eat Local Year Round

Feb 11, 2013

In the Midwest eating local can seem easy during the summer when farmer’s markets are full of produce. In the winter though, eating locally can be a bit more challenging.

Nonetheless several Monmouth College students are trying to do just that.

College Will Save on Bonds

Jul 9, 2012

Monmouth College will save significant interest payments by taking advantage of low interest rates. It will refinance a bond issue. The college used a portion of the city's bonding authority to pay for construction of Bowers Residence Hall

The $6 million building was completed in 2001.

City Administrator Eric Hanson says the city had to approve the change before the bond counsel could move forward.

He says, “It dramatically reduces their interest rate over several years ago. But it doesn't really have any ramifications for the city.”