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Local News Coverage:

  • Morning Edition: Mon.- Fri. 5:00am- 9:00am with News Director Rich Egger from 7:00am - 9:00am.
  • Afternoon Edition: Mon.- Fri. 4:00- 4:30pm with Local Reporter Jason Parrott.

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

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Acting WIU President Dr. Martin Abraham took part in his first University Assembly  Thursday morning, delivering a nearly hour-long speech to hundreds of faculty, administrators and staff members in Western Hall on the Macomb Campus and to countless others watching online. The bulk of his time was spent on a single topic.

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Pete Buttigieg drew some laughter Wednesday afternoon from the crowd of about 200 people waiting for him along Keokuk’s riverfront when he blamed his late arrival on his vehicle sitting on a swing-span bridge -- waiting for a barge to pass. The laughter quickly morphed into applause and cheers as the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana focused on his plans if elected President in 2020.

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Representatives of FEMA are touring western Illinois to determine if portions of the region qualify for a federal disaster declaration. They are finding homes and businesses with significant damage after months of severe weather and flooding.

Burlington Police Department

A jury found two Burlington men guilty of 2nd degree murder and 3rd degree kidnapping for their roles in the death of Edward “Eddie” Breuer of Burlington. Breuer was beaten and left outside an apartment building in Burlington on March 17, 2019.

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U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) focused on health care during a campaign stop in downtown Burlington Monday morning. She touted her “Medicare For All” plan, telling the crowd of about 100 people that health care is a right in the United States, not a privilege.

Much of Route 34 is currently a two-lane road between Monmouth, IL and Burlington, IA. There is no median and not much of a shoulder in many spots. Students in Henderson County in western Illinois are pushing for the state to provide funding to make the road a four-lane highway, a lobbying effort that started before they were born.

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.

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

Rich Egger

State lawmakers from Illinois expressed outrage during a legislative hearing Thursday over the issue of affluent families from Chicago suburbs transferring guardianship of their children to another adult in order to qualify them for need-based financial aid they otherwise would not receive. 

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Fort Madison’s new police chief brings decades of law enforcement experience to the post. The city council this week unanimously agreed to hire Mark Rohloff to replace Tim Sittig, who resigned several months ago.

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It was apparent Wednesday afternoon that former Vice President Joe Biden's planned campaign stop in southeast Iowa was going to be more than just a typical meet & greet or a question/answer session. The Teleprompters, large podium, and bright camera lights pointed toward a major speech, which Biden delivered, taking direct aim at the words and actions of President Donald Trump.

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A fire in February severely damaged Keokuk's City Hall. The city is now moving ahead with plans to demolish the two-story brick building at 415 Blondeau Street and hire a firm to design the new City Hall.

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A few years ago, when he was going to Yorkville High School, Matt Pitstick saw college recruiters roaming his school who surprised him and made his friends laugh. They were recruiters from a university more than 700 miles away: the University of Alabama. 

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University of Illinois officials say they will take extra steps to vet financial aid applications from students involved in guardianship cases. The decision comes after university officials identified 14 instances in which parents had a student put under the guardianship of a friend or relative so they could qualify for more financial aid. 

Illinois state government is getting a slightly better assessment from one of the major credit rating agencies.

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Burlington Police Officer Ryan Smith and Asta, a roughly five-year-old German Shepherd, worked together from November 2016 to a couple months ago when Smith left the department. It now appears an entirely new K-9 unit could soon be working in Burlington.

Rich Egger

Money from Illinois' new capital bill will allow Spoon River College to take a big step toward completing its new campus in Macomb.

Two communities in the tri states are on the verge of hiring new police chiefs.  Announcements are expected soon.

Unlike other rural towns in central Illinois, officials in Beardstown say their population is growing. And they want to make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 census. 

For this week’s Illinois Issues, we look at the challenges to an accurate count and what’s at risk if not everyone participates.

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Western Illinois Animal Rescue (WIAR) opened a new building late last year in Monmouth. Now it hopes to upgrade the facility with stainless steel kennels for its sick room for dogs and cats.

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Thousands of bicycle enthuisasts set off from Council Bluffs on Sunday, July 21 as part of the 47th Annual RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Bicycle Ride Across Iowa). Their goal: to reach Keokuk by Saturday, July 27.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed into law a debt collection reform package.

The measure calls for lowering interest rates on outstanding consumer debt from 9 percent to 5 percent. It would also trim about a decade off the time a lender can pursue collection.

The legislation would apply to consumer debt under $25,000 for things such as car loans or medical bills. That’s for debts that have had a court judgment.

Terry Newell of Crooked Creek Gallery

Supporters of The Legacy Theater in Carthage would like to install sound and lighting systems in the theater. They are off to a good start raising money for the project.

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Organizers have been confident that Keokuk's  riverfront would be ready to handle the thousands of bicycle riders arriving July 27 to mark the end of the 2019 RAGBRAI, despite months of severe flooding and a coal train derailment. It appears that confidence was warranted.

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The cruise ships that will be docking in Fort Madison will bring even more tourists to the city than originally anticipated.

Superheroes such as Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and Black Panther have owned the big screen for the past decade. Supporters of the Capitol Theater in Burlington hope to capitalize on that success and find some superheroes of their own.

Rich Egger

Doug Freed will lead Western Illinois University's efforts to attract more students. Freed is WIU's new Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Services.

Trial is now set for September for a former student at Western Illinois University accused of cheating Amtrak. Federal prosecutors say 23 year old Ryan Minter from Calumet City, Illinois used stolen credit card information to buy Amtrak tickets online, sold them to students at a discount, and then kept the money.

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Democratic Governor Steve Bullock of Montana touted his rural roots and executive experience during a campaign stop at the Beancounter Coffeehouse & Drinkery in downtown Burlington. Bullock is one of about two-dozen Democrats seeking the party's nomination for U.S. President.

Julie Catey of Broadwell loves shopping at the Dollar Tree store in neighboring Lincoln.

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