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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.

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

Macomb Celebrates Juneteenth 2021

14 hours ago
Victoria Fagbohun

Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ hosted the Juneteenth celebration in Macomb. The event featured live entertainment, guest speakers, poetic expression, and storytelling. In addition, healthcare professionals were on hand to administer COVID vaccinations.

Galesburg Police Chief Looks to Build Trust

14 hours ago
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Russ Idle became Galesburg police chief in 2019. One of his top priorities then was to develop more police outreach and communication with residents.

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A co-owner of Peace of Earth Lodge near Rushville said that after a year-plus of the pandemic, it's time for a return to live music. The lodge will host a concert at its outdoor amphitheater on Saturday, June 26, 7:00 p.m., to support a couple local organizations.

As Iowa Opens Up, COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Continue to Slow

15 hours ago
Natalie Krebs/Iowa Public Radio News

On a recent hot Thursday evening at the Broadway Neighborhood Center in Iowa City, a group of University of Iowa student volunteers set up a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

Illinois K-12 education Evidence-Based Funding takes 27 key elements like the number of nurses or low-income students a school has and calculates an adequacy target for each district. Higher-ed institutions in the state have no defined funding formula.

Stormy Weekend in the Tri States

Jun 21, 2021
Steve Cirinna

The National Weather Service (NWS) is not reporting any significant damage or injuries from Sunday night's storms across the region.

The U of I system made the announcement Monday morning and said the decision is consistent with its scientific modeling and Illinois Department of Public Health goals.

All University of Illinois campuses plan to hold in-person classes starting in August.

A spokesman said more information will be released later for those who have conditions that preclude them from being vaccinated.

While some private schools have already announced vaccine requirements, most public schools indicated they were awaiting guidance from the state.

Courtesy of the Bliven family

Macomb will resume its summer festival Heritage Days after last year's event was canceled due to the pandemic. As part of the weekend celebration, the John Bliven Memorial Walk/Run will also resume after a year off.

Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday signed Illinois’ new budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 after Democrats in the General Assembly this week approved fixes to huge errors in the law that would have prevented the state from spending billions of dollars until June of next year.

WIU Dedicates Park in Honor of Gwendolyn Brooks

Jun 17, 2021
Victoria Fagbohun

The new Gwendolyn Brooks Memorial Park can be found on the south edge of the Western Illinois University campus in Macomb. The site formerly housed the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center.

Illinois Innocence Project

When John Hanlon started his career as a lawyer in 1983, he knew of only one case where an innocent person had been cleared of a crime: Sam Shepphard, the Ohio physician exonerated in 1966 of killing his wife.

Katarina Sostaric/Iowa Public Radio

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a wide-ranging tax bill into law Wednesday that will allow more income tax cuts to kick in, phase out backfill payments to local governments, and shift mental health funding from local property taxes to the state.

Rich Egger

John Smith, Interim Vice President for Student Services at Western Illinois University, said the state's universities are working together to make sure they're all on the same page about how to reopen this fall.

The Art Center of Burlington could not host an in-person Snake Alley Art Fair last year due to the pandemic. So Executive Director Tammy McCoy is stoked for a return to normal this year.  

Most states don't allow transgender people to correct their names on marriage certificates, even after going through a legal name change. Legislators and advocates hope to make Illinois the second state to permit marriage certificate name changes.

Kato Lindholm said he's had a fairly good experience as a trans man living in the Chicago suburbs. He said he feels like he really hasn't had problems, until he needed to get his name changed on his marriage certificate.

The Illinois State Board of Education is weighing whether to replace the state’s annual Illinois Assessment of Readiness standardized test for grades 3 through 8 with three separate tests spread out in a school year.

But teacher unions and education advocacy groups claim the proposed change would amount to more class time being dedicated to test preparation.

If implemented, the three tests would be delivered in the fall, winter and spring with scores from each combined into an overall student assessment.

Businesses and social gatherings in Illinois are no longer subject to any COVID-related capacity limits as the state enters the long-awaited “Phase Five” of Gov. JB Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” economic reopening plan on Friday.

Boomer wanders the halls at Immaculate Conception School in Morris wearing a red vest that reads “therapy dog in training.” He’s a Great Pyrenees. So even at just a year old, he already clocks in at over 100 pounds and sits nose-to-nose with kindergartners.

Boomer’s owner, school principal Stacey Swanson, said during the pandemic they needed other ways to help students starting to return in-person.

Illinois lawmakers want to replace a small, weathered statue of Martin Luther King Jr. across the street from the State Capitol building in Springfield and put a new one in a more prominent area.

What to do with MLK’s statute is part of a broader discussion by a task force reviewing monuments in and around the Capitol. The group, which currently only comprises Illinois House members, is determining whether to recommend the removal of certain monuments to controversial historical figures and replace them with new statues.

Grassley Wants Appeal of Pork Processing Line Speeds Decision

Jun 11, 2021
Amy Mayer/Iowa Public Radio file photo

Iowa's senior U.S. senator says he wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Justice to appeal a recent federal court ruling that keeps pork plants from operating faster processing line speeds.

Rich Egger

Karen Terry graduated from Rushville High School and Western Illinois University before leaving the area to work and volunteer for social service agencies in cities such as Chicago, New York, and Atlanta. Now she is back in Macomb to serve as the Community Re-Housing Navigator for Genesis Garden.

Illinois Republicans on Wednesday sued to block new legislative and judicial district boundary maps drawn and approved by Democrats — maps that’ll be in use for a decade’s worth of elections and political change.

The suit, filed in federal court, is the first of several expected over the new maps, which Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law on Friday. It’s the culmination of an argument months in the making over Democrats’ use of non-2020 Census data to draw the maps, as that data is delayed due to the COVID pandemic.

Alex Coleman/Illinois Newsroom

The Illinois economy has been in growth mode for two months in a row, according to the University of Illinois Flash Index.

Rich Egger

The city administration had proposed offering a financial incentive for city workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. But this week it dropped the plan.

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A new non-profit has formed in Macomb to continue the food delivery programs that started last year during the pandemic. Good Food Collaborative (GFC) consists almost entirely of volunteers. The only paid employee is Executive Director John Curtis.

David Hightower/TSPR

It was a picture perfect summer afternoon at Big Hollow Lake's beach. There were blue skies, warm temperatures, and a small crowd on the beach.

The head of the Illinois Department of Public Health told Knox College graduates to write their own stories – and make those stories Pulitzer Prize winners.

Governor JB Pritzker on Friday signed new legislative district maps Democrats pushed through the General Assembly a week ago — maps Democrats approved on partisan lines over objections from community advocacy organizations, self-styled government reform groups and Republicans.

“Illinois’ strength is in our diversity, and these maps help to ensure that communities that have been left out and left behind have fair representation in our government,” Pritzker said in a statement. “These district boundaries align with both the federal and state Voting Rights Acts, which help to ensure our diverse communities have electoral power and fair representation.”

Rich Egger

The administration at Macomb City Hall has proposed offering a financial incentive to encourage employees to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Illinois lawmakers have approved a $42 billion budget that now awaits Governor J.B. Pritzker’s pen.

State Representative Jeff Keicher, a Sycamore Republican, says the state’s revenues over the past few months have been much greater than projections. He says the state saw nearly a billion dollars more tax revenue than expected. It also received over $8 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act.