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Local News Coverage:

  • Morning Edition: Mon.- Fri. 4:00am- 9:00am with Morning Edition Host and Reporter Emily Boyer.
  • Afternoon Edition: Mon.- Fri. 4:00- 4:30pm with News Director Rich Egger.

Local New Updates also at 5:35pm and 6:35pm Monday- Friday.

Fulton County Sheriff's Office

The Illinois State Police said the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy was arrested after a 19-hour standoff. Nathan Woodring, 42, of Avon is being held in the McDonough County jail pending criminal charges.

Rich Egger

Severe storms with damaging winds and large hail moved across the tri states region during the evening hours on Tuesday. The National Weather Service reported trees were downed in Lee, Hancock, and McDonough counties.  There were also reports of widespread power outages.

American Cruise Lines

Fort Madison could soon see an influx of tourists. The city is close to finalizing a lease with American Cruise Lines for the use of the city's dock at Riverview Park.

Low-income college students in Illinois got some good news today. The state's Monetary Award Program — which provides MAP grants to help pay for tuition — will be able to give more grants with more money, thanks to the largest appropriation in the fund’s history.

Lynne Baker, with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, says the agency approved a new formula that will boost grants by an average of $220 and cover at least 6,700 more students.

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A plea deal has been reached in the criminal case of a man accused of stealing money from a volunteer organization in Keokuk. Court records state Tyler McGhghy agreed to plead guilty to one count of forgery.

The Fort Madison School Board voted Wednesday night to table a possible extension of Superintendent Erin Slater's contract. President Tim Wondra said the board needed more time to evaluate Slater's performance.

Rich Egger

After a hiatus of several years, the Juneteenth celebration returned to Macomb.  The festivities included food, music, and a school supply collection drive.  

The Burlington Beacon

The Mississippi River at Burlington continues to recede, dipping below major flood stage over the weekend. As the floodwaters recede, the city is learning the scope of the damage caused by the failure of a temporary flood barrier several weeks ago.

There might soon be a public transit option for Knox County residents who live outside of Galesburg.

Music Collective Brings DIY Scene to Galesburg

Jun 19, 2019
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When Soleil Smith came to Knox College in Galesburg, she expected she would have to drive hours to see live music. So she was pleasantly surprised to find posters around town advertising DIY punk shows at the Glory Days Barber Shop.

Rich Egger

At the beginning of their June 14 meeting, Western Illinois University trustees agreed to a plan that calls for WIU President Jack Thomas to step down on June 30.  After the 7.5 hour meeting, Tri States Public Radio talked to Board of Trustees Chairperson Greg Aguilar about the deal.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas said his final day on the job will be June 30, 2019, ending a presidency marred by employee layoffs, declining student enrollment, and increasing tensions between the administration and faculty. Dr. Thomas made the announcement at the beginning of the Friday, June 14 Board of Trustees meeting in Macomb.

All Illinois employers would have to conduct sexual harassment training under sweeping legislation adopted in the waning days of the General Assembly. 

“This really deals with sexual harassment, discrimination, and equity issues affecting every worker in the state of Illinois,’’ said  Democratic state Senator Melinda Bush of Grayslake, who is sponsor of the bill, which would protect independent contractors under the Illinois Human Rights Act. “So it is, I would say, probably one of the biggest pieces of civil rights law we’ve had in years.”

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The city of Keokuk will have to spend more money than anticipated on some planned renovations to the proposed Southeast Iowa Development Center, which will be located at 1417 Exchange Street.

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The West Burlington School District has a new leader. The school board agreed to hire Lisa Beames as Superintendent effective July 1st.

The Central Lee School Board has voted to hold a $12.9 million bond referendum on September 10, 2019. This will be the school district's second attempt to gain public support for a proposal to fund a wide range of facility improvements.

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The city of Keokuk said it’s received a lot of complaints over the years about the condition of a private cemetery along Main Street. A grass roots effort is underway to try to convince the owner of the cemetery to fix it up, starting with a meeting June 12 at 6:00 at the Keokuk Labor Temple.

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.

Emily Boyer

The Illinois General Assembly wrapped up their work in Springfield a few days ago, finalizing both a multi-billion dollar state budget and a multi-billion dollar capital bill. Western Illinois University is in line for tens of millions of dollars in both deals.

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A fire in February severely damaged the two-story brick building at 415 Blondeau Street that housed Keokuk’s City Hall. After several months of searching, it appears the city has found a new home for city government.

The Burlington Beacon

It could be several weeks before Burlington learns the full extent of damage to the downtown district. Streets, parking lots and buildings near the Mississippi River were inundated with flood water after a temporary flood barrier failed Saturday afternoon.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The search for a new superintendent for the West Burlington School District appears to be in the final stages. Three finalists for the position are being interviewed this week.

Knox College

Old Main at Knox College is the only remaining site from the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858.  A filmmaker will be there this weekend (June 7, 8, and 9) to record a story about what happened right before the two politicians took to the stage in Galesburg.

The Illinois General Assembly finally finished its annual legislative session this weekend, with lawmakers approving item after item on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s agenda.

Observers and participants are calling it one of the most significant sessions in living memory.

Interim Police Chief Stacy Weber said Fort Madison police officers were called to the 100 block of Avenue C on Friday morning. They found a large dog attacking a man who was on his back in the front yard.

Illinoisans will soon pay more for gasoline and cigarettes. Those are just two tax increases needed to pay for a $45 billion infrastructure plan, which includes money from sports betting and additional casinos.

The usual May 31st deadline for the Illinois General Assembly passed last night, but lawmakers are not yet done with their work.

Governor J.B. Pritzker has called up roughly 200 guard soldiers as near record crests are predicted along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.   The soldiers are being deployed to perform duties like sandbagging, levee reinforcement and potential rescue efforts.  

Rich Egger

The Macomb School District has decided against making changes to one of its construction projects.  The district considered reducing the scope of its plans because bids came in higher than expected.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Businesses and schools are collaborating in southeast Iowa to bridge the gender gap in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) fields. One such collaboration gives young girls some hands-on experience they could eventually turn into a career.

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