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  • 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.


The Fort Madison School District will again try to garner voter support for a bond referendum to pay for the construction of a new elementary school. This latest attempt will look slightly different than the three previous unsuccessful attempts.

Burlington Police Department

The Burlington Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a suspect in a fatal shooting nearly 18 months ago in Burlington. Emmanuel Spann, 30, whose last known address was in Chicago, is considered armed and dangerous.

Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University recently went through a major reorganization of its employees. According to the Western Factbook, WIU employs around 1,600 people. Only 39% of those jobs were classified as civil service last fall. Jeff Brownfield, Executive Director of the State Universities Civil Service System, believes that figure should be higher.

Why Are There So Few Black Men In Medicine?

Feb 18, 2019

Dr. Don Arnold’s home office overflows with medical textbooks, old anatomical prints and six pages of a recommendation letter from his first application to medical school - framed and hanging on the wall.

“It says I have very unique and viable talents that would serve me well, but on paper a very poor academic record,” he says. “So this is code. For those who don’t know. Nobody’s going to outwardly tell you not to take a person, but this is how they write it in code.”

Reaction is coming in from lawmakers representing all corners of the state as it pertains to the vote to avoid another government shutdown as well as President Trump's announcement Friday to declare a national emergency to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Released Thursday afternoon

Rich Egger

Mayor Mike Inman has appointed more than a dozen people to a Complete Count Census Committee, hoping to make sure everyone in Macomb is counted when the nation conducts the decennial census next year.  But he acknowledged the city's population figure is not likely to remain at 21,500.

Steve Swan

The demoliton of the three-story building at 629 Main Street is expected to result in traffic delays for the foreseeable future.

City Administrator Cole O’Donnell said Keokuk will ramp up discussions about the future of City Hall as soon as it receives the financial settlement from its insurance provider following last week's fire. He is confident the discussions will not include two particular properties: the former Roquette America office building and the entertainment barge.

Iowa Democrats Propose "Virtual Caucuses"

Feb 13, 2019
Clay Masters / Iowa Public Radio

The first major changes to the Iowa Democratic caucuses were proposed Monday. Iowans who take part in the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating process would be able to do so virtually if the proposal is approved by a central party committee and the Democratic National Committee.

A new lobbying group says it plans to promote Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s agenda using secret money. It’s being run by a close Pritzker ally.

Courtesy John Gruidl

Google challenged non-profits in Illinois to come up with ideas to improve communities.  Around 170 organizations submitted ideas and ten winners were chosen.  One of those winners is the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, which is based in western Illinois. The IIRA received a $75,000 grant from Google and will get another $250,000 if it tallies the most votes in an online poll.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Turnout could be described as minimal for the Keokuk School District's special election this week. But the impact could be massive as there will now be more money available for infrastructure, transportation, and technology needs.

$15 Minimum Wage Clears Senate, Heads To House

Feb 8, 2019

Illinois is one step closer to having a $15 minimum wage, after the state Senate approved the legislation by a 39-18 vote Thursday.

Tracey DeBold came up with the idea to turn a small city-owned property into a drive-thru coffee shop. She opened her first eatery five years ago: the Sweet Shack on Main St. in Blandinsville, which is open seasonally. Two years ago she expanded into Macomb, opening Sweet Shack 2.0 on Carroll Street.

Keokuk Police Department

Law enforcement has released more details about a fatal stabbing in Keokuk Tuesday night. Adam McCain, 24, of Keokuk is charged with First Degree Murder.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Firefighters had to deal with freezing rain and frozen ground while battling the blaze that broke out at Keokuk City Hall on Tuesday night. And while the fire took a heavy toll on the two-story brick building at 415 Blondeau Street, not everything was lost. 

Rich Egger

According to figures collected and released by Western Illinois University, student enrollment dropped again this spring. Enrollment at the Macomb campus for the Spring 2019 semester is down about 900 students, or 14% compared to Spring 2018. Western reported a total of 5,645 students taking classes in Macomb this semester.

Rich Egger

Weather Related delays and closures for Tuesday, February 12.

In highly politicized times such as these, teachers are often warned to remain neutral in the classroom. But at a public primary school in Kewanee, Illinois, one art teacher is showing kids it’s their duty to speak out about injustices.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order Friday in Rockford boosting state resources to fight the HIV epidemic.

The executive order replenishes lapsed funding for HIV testing.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Keokuk Municipal Waterworks is confident the upgrade of the filter system at the water plant will improve the quality of drinking water without significantly hiking water rates.  

Courtesy / Clark County School District

The wicked weather to start 2019 will mean a shortened summer break for the Clark County R-1 School District in northeast Missouri. The district has now cancelled class 13 times due to weather this school year.

It was colder overnight, in fact, colder than ever recorded in the Quad Cities. The National Weather Service in Davenport says the low temperature at the Quad City Airport was minus -33 degrees. 


The unveiling of the route for this year’s RAGBRAI offered a twist: two stops along the Mississippi River in southeast Iowa. The head of the annual bicycle ride across the state said the idea is to keep things new and exciting.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

Law enforcement agencies in western Illinois and southeast Iowa are conducting an investigation called Operation Iced Out.  It has nothing to do with the weather. Rather, it is an investigation into the distribution of meth.

Illinois officials are issuing dire warnings ahead of the arctic cold blowing into the state Tuesday night.

Weather Related Closures and Delays

Jan 29, 2019

Weather Releated delays and closures for Wednesday, February 6 due to icy road conditions.

Dangerously Cold Weather for the Tri States

Jan 28, 2019
Rich Egger

The National Weather Service (NWS) reports dangerous and life-threatening wind chills will persist from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning.  A Wind Chill Watch will be in effect for the Tri States Public Radio listening region during that period.

Rich Egger

Edgar Rodriguez started work in April 2018 as Director of McDonough County’s Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA).  It is a part-time position but he has put in some long days during the past ten months.

Electronic privacy advocates are praising a ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court on Friday. The justices held that people can sue just for having biometric information collected without consent.