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  • Morning Edition: Mon.- Fri. 4:00am- 9:00am with Morning Edition Host and Reporter Emily Boyer.
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Local New Updates also at 5:35pm and 6:35pm Monday- Friday.

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Western Illinois University has been making headlines for decreasing enrollment, employee layoffs, and program cuts. Yet, some students are still drawn to Western. A few of them are even willing to travel a great distance to attend WIU.

Keokuk Community Child Development Center

The Keokuk Community Child Development Center will open its doors on April 22. Supporters said the center will help fill the need for more quality, affordable child care in southeast Iowa.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) spent about 45 minutes at Sub-Arena Sandwich Shop in Fort Madison as part of a campaign swing through southeast Iowa. She shook some hands, signed some autographs, and laid out her case to be the next President of the United States.

Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) announced this month that he will retire at the end of his current term in office, which expires at the end of 2020. He said he made the decision to provide plenty of time for people to enter the race to replace him.

Rich Egger

Brian Dietz came to Macomb more than nine months ago to lead McDonough District Hospital on an interim basis. He said he enjoyed it so much in Macomb that he has agreed to stay and serve as the hospital's new President & Chief Executive Officer.

Our stretch of the Mississippi is one of America's most endangered rivers. 
Collin Schopp reports.

Pritzker Tells Journalists 'We Need You'

Apr 15, 2019

Governor J.B. Pritzker held his largest press conference over the weekend  and he’s promising media transparency under his administration.


A day-long run through western Illinois will honor and remember the state's fallen military service members and first responders.

Rich Egger

The Macomb School District plans to build a middle school just south of the high school, so the city will make improvements to one of the streets leading to the new school.

Keokuk Ragbrai

RAGBRAI will get underway in about 100 days. Planning is well underway in Keokuk to be the final stop for the seven-day bicycle ride across Iowa in late July.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Two different state agencies will help two projects in southeast Iowa become a reality.

A proposal to overhaul Illinois’ income tax took another step forward Wednesday. The graduated income tax easily cleared an early hurdle — passage by the Senate Executive Committee.

After years of campaigning, Democrats are moving ahead with a plan to change Illinois’ tax system. On Tuesday they formally introduced the language they want to change in the Illinois Constitution.

Trooper Traffic Deaths Prompt 'Call To Action'

Apr 10, 2019

"Enough is Enough" flashed on electronic signs over some Illinois highways recently.

Tobacco sales in Illinois will soon be off-limits to anyone younger than 21 under a law signed Sunday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Lee County is taking legal action against the owners of several homes near Chatfield Lake in an attempt to prevent future pollution of the lake.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Fort Madison has spent more than a decade negotiating to bring passenger rail service to the historic downtown train depot. It now appears those talks are complete.

Rich Egger

Members of Western Illinois University's new Board of Trustees barely got to introduce themselves to each other before holding their first meeting.  And even though they are just getting to know each other, one of their first tasks was to elect a new chairperson.

 Should minors have to tell their parents or a judge when they want to terminate a pregnancy?


The Fort Madison Area Arts Association is hosting its largest fundraiser of the year Saturday night. The annual event comes at a time when the organization is facing a significant financial hurdle.

Voter turnout was quite light across western Illinois.  Schuyler County saw about 23% of its registered voters head to the polls - and that was the highest total in the region.  Elsewhere, the turnout was 17% in Henderson County, 12.5% in Fulton County, 11.5% in Knox County (excluding the city of Galesburg), 11% in McDonough County, 9% in Warren County, and nearly 8% in Galesburg.

The Illinois law meant to prohibit distracted driving may not prohibit watching videos behind the wheel, so state lawmakers are trying to change it.

Struggling for Housing

Apr 1, 2019

In the course of reporting my previous story on the gap between wages and the cost of housing, I spent time following a case manager with the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless.

During that time, I met several people who shared their stories of how they struggled to find housing and how the coalition has helped them.

Every person who is homeless has their own story. But the two below are examples of common reasons for homelessness -- living on a fixed income and finding housing after being released from prison.

Donna: Living on Disability

Near the beginning of Friday's six hour Board of Trustees meeting in Macomb, Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas talked about the various steering teams and task forces he has put together to help guide the university and position it for the future. But board members felt something was missing.

This baseball season marks 100 years since what may be the darkest moment in the history of our national pastime.

Some members of the Chicago White Sox, including the great Shoeless Joe Jackson, threw the World Series.  The story has become well known through a book, and later a movie titled “Eight Men Out”, named for the number of players later banned from baseball for their roles in the gambling scheme. 

But does that story match reality?  New research sheds light on what took place -- and what didn’t. 

A southeast Iowa judge has dismissed one of the defendants from a lawsuit filed by a group of former students and their families against Midwest Academy and former owner Ben Trane.

Rich Egger

There are four seats up for election on Tuesday, April 2 for the Macomb City Council. Two of those races are contested. Here's a look at the candidates on the ballot.

Rich Egger

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is cleaning house at Western Illinois University. Pritzker said he is appointing seven new people to the eight member Board of Trustees.  The only holdover is student Justin Brown. Student members are elected to the board by fellow students.

Emily Boyer / Tri States Public Radio

Macomb voters will choose who will serve as the city's mayor for the next four years when they go to the polls on April 2. Current Mayor Mike Inman is running for a third term. He is not opposed on the ballot, but Kristen-Diane Pollock is running as a write-in candidate for mayor.

Emily Boyer / Tri States Public Radio

Macomb voters will choose who will serve as the city's mayor for the next four years when they go to the polls on April 2. Kristen-Diane (Jacqueline) Pollock is a write-in candidate in Macomb's mayoral race. Pollock is running against Mayor Mike Inman, who is seeking a third term in office.