WIUM Public NewsRoom Archive



Shop Talk (2008-09-23)
The panelists discuss a pair of issues - one related to newspapers, the other concerning television.


Local Foods - A Growing Trend - Part 3 (2008-09-23)
Tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelons are all foods that Tri-States residents might think of as locally grown. But there's an even more widely grown local crop used to make millions of products found in households across the country. However, this crop travels much farther than your average produce before you'll see it at the grocery store.


WIU President Al Goldfarb Gives State of the University Address (2008-09-23)
Progress of academic programs, striving for further improvements, and hoping for another record setting fundraising year were a few of the topics highlighted in this year's State of the University Address at Western Illinois University.


City & County Hire Network Administrator (2008-09-23)
Jake Holmes was hired as the network administrator for Macomb and McDonough County. Holmes, a graduate of Spoon River College, was previously employed by the McDonough County Highway Department.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-23)


CSC Switching to a Four-Day Class Week (2008-09-22)
One of the region's community colleges will no longer hold classes 5 days a week.


Local Foods : A Growing Trend - Part 2 (2008-09-22)
More and more people are becoming interested in local foods. That's causing businesses to take notice. More restaurants are offering local foods. Grocery stores, including regional and national chains, are also jumping on the bandwagon.


Election - Fort Madison Tax Referendum (2008-09-22)
Tomorrow's tax referendum in Fort Madison could determine the future of the city's fire department.


Local Foods: A Growing Trend - Part 1 (2008-09-22)
Let's face it. We all have to eat. We want to eat good food and we want to eat safe food. But unless you have time to raise your own food, there's no better way to guarantee taste and safety than by getting it from local producers. It's something more and more people are doing.


Keokuk Ready To Sell School (2008-09-22)
The Keokuk School District is one step closer to selling a former elementary school.


NE Missouri Bridges Included In State Plan (2008-09-22)
Missouri's plan to repair or replace more than 800 bridges includes dozens in the Northeast corner of the state.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-22)


Keokuk Police Department Hiring (2008-09-20)
The Keokuk Police Department will be at its highest staffing level in years... once it finds enough qualified candidates.


Emphasis (2008-09-19)
Rich Egger's guest is Darrell Ross, who is Director of the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-19)


SE Iowa Schools In Need Of Assistance (2008-09-18)
Several Southeast Iowa schools are not meeting the proficiency guidelines set forth in the federal No Child Left Behind law.


Central Lee To Adopt "Healthy" Curriculum (2008-09-17)
One Lee County school district will take part in a program aimed at curbing childhood obesity.


Myers Reacts to Last Week's Special Session (2008-09-17)
A Western Illinois lawmaker says last week's special session of the Illinois House will only be worthwhile, if the Senate takes action too.


Keokuk "Branding" Itself (2008-09-17)
Keokuk is getting everyone on the same page when it comes to promoting the city.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-16)


Shop Talk (2008-09-16)
The panelists discuss a proposal by a University of Iowa law professor, who says the media should do more to critique campaign ads.


Aldermen OK Loan to Arts Group (2008-09-16)
The Macomb City Council agreed to give the West Central Illinois Arts Center a $100,000, interest-free loan.


School District Concerned About Fuel Prices (2008-09-15)
The Macomb School District's new budget is balanced, but volatile fuel prices could still impact the spending plan.


Rain Could Hurt Crops This Year & Next Year (2008-09-15)
Local farmers could feel the impact of the recent heavy rain beyond this fall.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-15)


The Show Must Go On (2008-09-13)
The weekend's heavy rains caused some changes to be made to festivals in downtown Macomb, but the shows did go on. Much of the Gazebo Arts Festival was moved indoors to the building recently bought by the West Central Illinois Arts Center.


Design Standards Could Spur Development (2008-09-12)
Creating design standards for downtown Keokuk could eventually lead to some much-needed development.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-12)


Emphasis (2008-09-12)
This week's program features excerpts of a speech by Mike Tramontina, who's head of the Iowa Department of Economic Development.


Local Democrats Keeping Motivated (2008-09-11)
It's been a long presidential campaign. But McDonough County Democrats remain energized about Barack Obama.


Museum "Floating" in Fort Madison (2008-09-11)
A floating World War Two museum will remain docked along Fort Madison's Riverview Park for just a couple more days.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-11)


Cleanup Efforts Begin This Weekend in Gulfport (2008-09-10)
Two groups are asking people to volunteer their time this weekend to help cleanup the levee at Gulfport.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-10)


Remembering 9-11-01 (2008-09-10)
It's been seven years since the Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on the United States. Many Americans will always remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news.


Crowding A Concern At County Jail (2008-09-09)
The McDonough County Jail is getting crowded on weekends and that's proving to be a budget-cruncher.


Election Results - Iowa School Board (2008-09-09)
The votes are in from Tuesday night's school board election.


City Loan Likely for Arts Group (2008-09-09)
Macomb aldermen appear willing to make a six-figure loan to the West Central Illinois Arts Center. The group will use the money to start converting the former Maurice's building into an arts center.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-09)


Shop Talk (2008-09-09)
The panelists talk about traditional and new media coverage of the presidential nominating conventions.


Hamilton Tightening Security (2008-09-08)
Security will soon be tighter for meetings in one Hancock County community.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-08)


Businesses Violating Smoking Ban in Lee County (2008-09-08)
A fifth Lee County business has been cited for failing to comply with the Smokefree Iowa Act.


In The Tri States (2008-09-08)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from August 2008.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-05)


Emphasis (2008-09-05)
Rich Egger's guest is McDonough Power Cooperative President & CEO Steve Epperson.


SCC Wants New Tax Levy For Equipment Needs (2008-09-05)
Southeastern Community College is asking the public to help the school purchase new classroom equipment.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-04)


Flooding has Impact on Enrollment at Area Community Colleges (2008-09-04)
This summer's flooding has impacted enrollment in a program involving two of the region's community colleges.


Culver Stockton College Offering Hands-On Courses (2008-09-04)
The head of one Northeast Missouri College says the idea behind the school's new curriculum is to allow students to expect, explore, and experience a better education.


Major Consulting Project Approved Near Western Illinois University (2008-09-04)
A consulting firm will soon make plans for a major entry way into Western Illinois University.


Project Underway to Fix Macomb's Water Turbidity Problems (2008-09-03)
Macomb will soon begin a project that aims to fix turbidity problems in the city's water.


CHC Expanding Dental Care Clinic (2008-09-03)
One Southeast Iowa health care provider is ready to expand its dental care service.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-03)


Algae Could Be Used To Produce Fuel (2008-09-03)
One local renewable fuel producer is looking to the future to deal with the current cost of the materials it needs to operate.


Going Green With Multi-Cultural Center (2008-09-02)
Western Illinois University's new multi-cultural center will be green. Not with a fresh coat of paint, but with a geothermal well.


Shop Talk (2008-09-02)
The panelists discuss an open records lawsuit filed against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, the Illinois Senate, and Senate President Emil Jones.


Western's Computer Science Department Turns 25 (2008-09-02)
In 1983 Apple introduced a computer with 64 kilobytes of ram, Time Magazine named the personal computer machine of the year , and more than ten-million computers were in use.


Denmark Upgrading Water System (2008-09-02)
A water project in one rural Lee County community could be wrapped up by Thanksgiving.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-02)


Traffic Prohibitied In Hamilton (2008-09-02)
Traffic is being restricted in one of Hamilton's recreational areas.


Afternoon Edition (2008-09-01)


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-29)


Arts Center Finally Gets A Home (2008-08-29)
After years of planning, the West Central Illinois Arts Center got the building it wants. The group bought the former Maurice's building on Macomb's Courthouse Square.


Alderman At-Large Submits Letter of Resignation (2008-08-29)
There is a vacancy on the Macomb City Council. Alderman At-Large Chris Senn submitted his letter of resignation to the city this week.


Emphasis (2008-08-29)
Rich Egger's guest is Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb.


Art That Heals (2008-08-28)
Old materials get a new life in artwork now on display at WIU's Art Gallery. Some also consider the labyrinths and mandalas to be tools for health and healing.


Art That Heals (2008-08-28)
Old materials get a new life in artwork now on display at WIU's Art Gallery. Some also consider the labyrinths and mandalas to be tools for health and healing.


Lay-Offs In Burlington (2008-08-28)
A Des Moines County industry has laid off more than two dozen employees.


Keokuk Police Training with Tasers (2008-08-28)
Members of the Keokuk Police Department could soon be armed with a new law enforcement tool.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-28)


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-27)


New Tool For SE Iowa Entrepenuers (2008-08-27)
A new tool is available for those interested in starting a business in Southeast Iowa.


Hamilton Community Center Coming Soon (2008-08-27)
Residents will have to wait a little longer to see Hamilton's new community center.


Bradley Smoker to Open Distribution Center in Galesburg (2008-08-27)
There is more good economic development news in Galesburg.


Looking for Lincoln Exhibit to be Located on the Courthouse Lawn (2008-08-27)
You will soon be able to find a Looking for Lincoln site in Macomb.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-26)


WIU Updating Safety Policies and Procedures (2008-08-26)
Western Illinois University is reviewing its campus safety policies to make sure they are up-to-date and comply with a new state law.


Shop Talk (2008-08-26)
The panelists talk about the amount of media coverage leading up to the announcement of who will be the Democratic Party's vice presidential candidate.


Burlington Hopes Fundraising = Jobs (2008-08-26)
Business leaders in Burlington hope a large-scale fundraising campaign will result in hundreds of new jobs.


Good Year Expected For Iowa Corn, Soybeans (2008-08-25)
Iowa's Ag Secretary says the fields look good this summer, despite the extensive flooding that damaged his state.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-25)


Keokuk Makes A First Impression (2008-08-25)
Anyone who has every driven through Keokuk can recognize the downtown corridor: traffic signals, new highway, vacant buildings. A group of Centerville residents recently "pointed out the obvious" when it comes to the image of downtown Keokuk


Keeping & Adding Jobs in Western Illinois (2008-08-22)
An automotive and industrial products maker decided to do more than keep open its factory in western Illinois. It also increased the number of jobs there.


Keeping & Adding Jobs in Western Illinois (2008-08-22)
An automotive and industrial products maker decided to do more than keep open its factory in western Illinois. It also increased the number of jobs there.


Keeping Jobs in the Midwest (2008-08-22)
An automotive and industrial products maker decided to do more than keep open its factory in western Illinois. It also increased the number of jobs there.


Keeping Jobs in the Midwest (2008-08-22)
An automotive and industrial products maker decided to do more than keep open its factory in western Illinois. It also increased the number of jobs there.


Emphasis (2008-08-22)
Rich Egger's guest is biologist Angella Moorehouse of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.


Fort Madison City Manager Search Starts Over (2008-08-22)
It is back to the drawing board in Fort Madison's search for a new city manager.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-22)


Keokuk Approves Subdivision (2008-08-21)
The Keokuk City Council has given its support to a proposed subdivision on the city's Northwest side.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-21)


McDonough County Board Tables Smoke Free Ordinance (2008-08-21)
McDonough County will not have its own Smoke Free Ordinance on the books just yet.


Setting the Table for Museum Exhibit (2008-08-21)
The next exhibit at the Western Illinois Museum in Macomb will include some items of great financial value, and others of great sentimental value.


Kid Zone Enrollment Drops (2008-08-20)
It looks like enrollment in the Keokuk School District's before-and-after school program for younger students will be lower than expected to start the new school year.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-20)


Canton Ready To Revitalize Downtown (2008-08-19)
One Northeast Missouri community is ready to jump-start its downtown district.


Shop Talk (2008-08-19)
The panelists talk about the dwindling number of reporters assigned to cover the Illinois Statehouse.


More Fingerpointing Over Parks (2008-08-19)
Macomb park commissioners are once again upset with the city. This time it's over an ordinance regarding Chandler Park.


More Than $8 Million Contributed to WIU Foundation (2008-08-19)
The Western Illinois University Foundation far surpassed its fundraising goal for its just concluded fiscal year.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-19)


30th Anniversary Celebration to be Held at the Orr Research Center (2008-08-18)
30 years of agricultural research will be celebrated in Western Illinois.


Gateway to Western Illinois or Road to Nowhere? (2008-08-18)
It seems as though talk about building a four-lane highway between Macomb and Peoria has gone on forever. In fact, some plans date back to the late 1960s or early 70s. Supporters of Route 336 say now is the time to make it a reality, but opponents feel the timing could not be worse.


Hearings to be Held on Education Funding Reform (2008-08-18)
A West Central Illinois legislator will hold hearings across the state to get feedback on how education is funded.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-18)


Hamilton Considers Golf Carts (2008-08-18)
Residents of one Hancock County community could soon have a new option for getting around town.


Historic Museum Coming To Fort Madison (2008-08-18)
A piece of US military history will float into Fort Madison next month.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-15)


Keokuk Hires Director of Public Works & Engineering (2008-08-15)
Keokuk has a new director of public works and engineering.


Emphasis (2008-08-15)
Jason Parrott's guests are Warsaw School Superintendent Kim Schilson and Nauvoo-Colusa Superintendent Kent Young.


Belknap Sentenced to 30 Years (2008-08-15)
Judge William Henderson sentenced Daniel Belknap to 30 years in prison for killing five-year old Silven Yocum. The murder happened nearly two years ago.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-15)


IDED Looking For Job Growth Throughout Iowa (2008-08-14)
The Iowa Department of Economic Development says its's success is based, not only on the happenings in larger communities, but also on what is going on in smaller towns.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-14)


IDED Looking For Job Growth Throughout Iowa (2008-08-14)
The Iowa Department of Economic Development says its's success is based, not only on the happenings in larger communities, but also on what is going on in smaller towns.


IDED Looking For Job Growth Throughout Iowa (2008-08-14)
The Iowa Department of Economic Development says its's success is based, not only on the happenings in larger communities, but also on what is going on in smaller towns.


Artistic Skills Brought Back To Life (2008-08-13)
A Macomb doctor says he's been given a gift, and he will share that gift with the public during the next couple months.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-13)


Dental Clinic to Open in Fulton County (2008-08-13)
An idea that was proposed ten years ago, will finally become a reality for the Fulton County Health Department.


Arts Group Seeking Donations to Purchase Building (2008-08-13)
The West Central Illinois Arts Center now faces a deadline to purchase the building it wants.


Keokuk Changing Kid Zone Fee (2008-08-12)
The attendance fee for a popular before-and-after school program in Keokuk appears to be decreasing.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-12)


Shop Talk (2008-08-12)
The panelists talk about product placement during newscasts.


WIU Art Gallery Receives Donation (2008-08-12)
Western Illinois University's Art Gallery has received its largest ever donation of artwork.


Lee County Making One-Time Payments (2008-08-12)
A financial boost is on the way for several departments, programs, and organizations in Lee County.


Des Moines County Historical Society Prepares for "New" Museum (2008-08-11)
Work will soon get underway on the new home for the Des Moines County Historical Society.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-11)


Fort Madison Close To Hiring City Manager (2008-08-08)
Residents will soon get to hear from the three men vying to be Fort Madison's next city manager.


Erin Yocum Avoids Prison Time (2008-08-08)
The mother of a 5-year old girl murdered in McDonough County will not serve any prison time.


Emphasis (2008-08-08)
Rich Egger's guests are iParent Magazine Co-Publishers Tammy LaPrad and Courtney Blankenship.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-08)


Documents Will be Drafted for Macomb's Parks (2008-08-08)
Three documents will outline who maintains and operates Macomb's City parks.


Schuy-Rush O&M Agreement Needs to be Updated (2008-08-08)
The Operations and Maintenance Agreement for Rushville's Schuy-Rush Dam is roughly 40-years old.


Hamilton School Board Talks Goals (2008-08-08)
One Hancock County school board wants to make sure it's on the same page when it comes to the future of its school district.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-07)


McDonough County Real Estate Tax Bills Sent Out (2008-08-07)
McDonough County residents can expect their tax bills in the mail.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-06)


Burlington Still Looking For Developer (2008-08-06)
Burlington is still looking for someone to develop a large, vacant lot near the intersection of Highways 61 and 34.


Pushing For Bypass Around Hannibal (2008-08-06)
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission met in the Northeast corner of the state for the first time in nearly 15 years.
The event gave local transportation advocates the opportunity to push for a multi-million dollar highway project.


SIREPA Has New Director (2008-08-05)
The head of the Republican Party in Lee County has a new title.


Shop Talk (2008-08-05)
The panelists discuss the changing face of broadcast newsrooms.


Fire Code Addressed At Fort Madison School (2008-08-05)
The Fort Madison School District is addressing a fire-code violation within one of its buildings.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-05)


Election Results - Clark County (2008-08-05)
The results are in from Clark County's primary election.


Housing Development Lacking Support (2008-08-04)
The Keokuk Planning Commission does not support a proposed housing development on the city's NW side.
That may not impact the future of the project.


WIU Allison Organic Farm Field Day Wednesday (2008-08-04)
Demand for organic and locally grown foods continues to rise, with people becoming more and more interested in going green.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-04)


Elections-Missouri Primary-August 5 (2008-08-04)
Clark County voters will have to decide several races when they go to the polls on Tuesday.


In The Tri States (2008-08-03)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from July 2008.


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-01)


Afternoon Edition (2008-08-01)


Time To Sign Off (2008-08-01)
Tri States Public Radio Music Director Jeff Holtz signed off Thursday after more than two decades on the air in Macomb.


Emphasis (2008-08-01)
Rich Egger's guest is Western Illinois University Professor Emeritus John Hallwas.


Free Crisis Counseling Available In Iowa (2008-07-31)
Iowa residents who are having trouble coping with this summer's flooding have somewhere to turn for help.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-31)


Enterprise Zone Status Granted to Western Grain Marketing (2008-07-31)
The McDonough County Enterprise Zone has been extended out to include the site of Western Grain Marketing at Routes 136 and 41.


Free Crisis Counseling Available In Iowa (2008-07-31)
Iowa residents who are having trouble coping with this summer's flooding have somewhere to turn for help.


Clean-Up Continues in Fort Madison (2008-07-30)
It could be a few more weeks before everything in Fort Madison's Riverview Park is up-and-running after the recent flooding.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-30)


"Tweener" Hospitals Look For Level Playing Field (2008-07-30)
Congress could help several Southeast Iowa hospitals deal with funding shortfalls.


Shop Talk (2008-07-29)
The panelists discuss the recent sale of a group of commercial radio stations in Macomb.


Lee County Breaks Ground On Jail Expansion/Renovation (2008-07-29)
Lee County broke ground, Tuesday night, on the expansion and renovation of its jail.
The man in charge of the facility says the upgrade has been needed for years.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-29)


Rushville Housing Surveys Due August First (2008-07-29)
Rushville is applying for a housing rehabilitation grant for low-income residents.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-28)


Iowa Identifies Schools Facing Budget Trouble (2008-07-28)
One Southeast Iowa school district is working to remove itself from a list of districts facing serious budget problems.


Lee County Corn Crop Could Be Down (2008-07-28)
Lee County's corn crop could be down this year, compared to recent years.


Blues For Greens, The Garden Tour (2008-07-28)
Simply put, a garden is a piece of ground used for growing. But gardens are much more complex than that. They come in all shapes and sizes and all types of things are grown.


Time Running Out to Sign-Up for Disaster Assistance (2008-07-28)
More than 500 people affected by the flooding in Henderson and Hancock Counties have signed up for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency


Avenue of the Saints Now Open (2008-07-25)
Several hundred people braved the heat and humidity in Northeast Missouri, this morning, to see the dream of so many become a reality.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-25)


Emphasis (2008-07-25)
Rich Egger's guest is Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs Director Chris Merrett.


Keokuk Asking For Patience With Garbage (2008-07-25)
Keokuk's mayor is asking for patience from residents as the city's new garbage collection system is implemented.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-24)


Buyer of Tax Credits Needed for Hickory Grove Apartments (2008-07-24)
A supportive living facility being built near the Hancock County Nursing Home is still waiting on the final piece of financing.


MDH Donates Items to WIU Archives (2008-07-23)
Western Illinois University will soon have another collection to add to its archives


Keokuk Considers Privatizing Recycling (2008-07-23)
Keokuk wants to know whether privatizing its recycling program will actually save the city money.


The Flood Continues in Henderson County (2008-07-23)
One of the biggest disasters caused by the Great Flood of 2008 happened in Gulfport. More than one month after the small town ended up underwater, the problems are far from over.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-23)


Shop Talk (2008-07-22)
The panelists continue their discussion of Edward Murrow's "Wires and Lights in a Box" speech.


Vacancy Remains On SIREPA (2008-07-22)
An absence at Tuesday's Lee County Board of Supervisors meeting means it will be at least another week before a vacancy on the Southeast Iowa Regional Economic and Port Authority is filled.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-22)


Burlington School District Eyes Future Construction (2008-07-21)
A change in state law is allowing the Burlington School District to prepare for its next major construction project.


"Shining NaturaLee" (2008-07-21)
Lee County wants to capitalize on its natural tourism opportunities.


Emphasis (2008-07-21)
Jason Parrott's guest is Keokuk School District Interim Superintendent Lora Wolff.


Wyatt Earp Birthplace For Sale (2008-07-21)
A historic landmark in Western Illinois is for sale.


House Coming Down In Keokuk (2008-07-21)
One of the Keokuk Historic Preservation Commission's most talked-about projects is expected to be finished this month.


Marion Corner Apartments Ready for Seniors to Move In (2008-07-21)
After nearly two-years of paperwork, construction, and applying the finishing touches, the Senior Housing Complex in Carthage is finished.


Questions Remain About TIF District (2008-07-21)
The Macomb School District says it supports economic development. But it is not yet ready to endorse the city's proposed new TIF district.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-21)


Radio Macomb Bought by Prestige Communications (2008-07-18)
Another media consolidation is taking place in Macomb.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-18)


"Paw Pails" for Flood Victims (2008-07-18)
An organization at Western Illinois University is doing their part to help those affected by the recent flooding.


Keokuk Settles On Rent For Club (2008-07-18)
The Keokuk City Council plans to increase the rent paid by the South Side Boat Club for its property along the Mississippi River.


Arts Growing Throughout Iowa (2008-07-18)
Large and small communities, throughout Iowa, are doing more to expand the opportunities available to local artists.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-17)


Group Wants To See More Money For Flood Prevention (2008-07-16)
A national river conservation organization says all levels of government must do more to help today's flood victims and to prevent tomorrow's victims.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-16)


Denmark Wants To Protect Tree (2008-07-16)
The Lee County Board of Supervisors is being asked to protect a large tree in one of its unincorporated communities.


Small Towns Battle The Big River (2008-07-16)
Small Towns Battle The Big River is an audio scrapbook of the Great Flood of 2008.


Lee County Preparing For Jail Construction (2008-07-15)
Crews are still preparing Lee County's jail for a complete renovation and expansion.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-15)


Montrose Water Project Moving Slowly (2008-07-15)
Montrose's proposed upgrade of its drinking water system is moving much slower than first anticipated.


City & Park District Close To Agreement (2008-07-15)
The City of Macomb and the park district have an agreement in principle on maintenance of city-owned parks.


Shop Talk (2008-07-15)
The panelists talk about Edward Murrow's "Wires and Lights in a Box" speech.


Lake Ruth has a New Look (2008-07-15)
The transformation of Lake Ruth on the Western Illinois University Campus is nearly complete.


Construction To Begin on Keokuk's Rand Park Pavilion (2008-07-14)
Artists, musicians, and theater groups will soon have somewhere new to perform in Keokuk.


Congressman Phil Hare Frustrated with Situation in Springfield (2008-07-14)
A Western Illinois Congressman says Illinois could lose a lot of federal funding if a Capital Bill is not passed.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-14)


4-Hers Participate in McDonough County Fair (2008-07-14)
The McDonough County 4-H Fair and Junior Show gave members the opportunity to show off their projects, participate in activities, and even do a little bit of community service.


Keokuk Pool Demoltion To Begin Soon (2008-07-13)
After more than 50 years of use, Keokuk's swimming pool will soon be no more.


LCEDG Trying To Enter Port Terminal Lawsuit (2008-07-11)
The Lee County Economic Development Group is getting involved in a lawsuit concerning a potential port terminal along Keokuk's riverfront.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-11)


State Funding Increase for WIU (2008-07-11)
The budget signed by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich provides an extra $1.6 million for Western Illinois University. President Al Goldfarb says much of that money will be used to give pay raises to some workers.


Emphasis (2008-07-11)
Rich Egger's guest is Hancock County Treasurer Kris Pilkington.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-10)


Montrose To Replace Gym Roof (2008-07-10)
Montrose is ready to update the building that could be transformed into a regional convention center.


Flood Clean-Up Jobs Available In Iowa (2008-07-10)
Many Iowa residents, who are currently unemployed because of the recent flooding, can get back to work and help in the clean-up effort at the same time.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-09)


What Happens to all of the Sand? (2008-07-09)
Hundreds of thousands of sandbags still line the Mississippi River in flood stricken areas.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-08)


Lee County Flood Update (2008-07-08)
The financial impact of the Flood of 2008 on Lee County is still being determined.


New Green Space at Carl Sandburg College Extension Center (2008-07-08)
Bushnell will soon have a new community outdoor space on Main Street.


Cornerstone Draws Large Crowd (2008-07-08)
Summer is a popular time for outdoor concerts, plays, and art fairs. One such event is a music festival in Western Illinois.


Shop Talk (2008-07-08)
The panelists discuss the TV networks' plans for covering the Democratic and Republican national conventions.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-07)


Fort Madison Water Plant Delays (2008-07-07)
It could be a couple more years before Fort Madison has a new water plant.


Future of Port Terminal in Lee County Unknown (2008-07-07)
Lee County's economic development leaders say they are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure a port terminal is built near Keokuk.


Iowa Schools Prepare For Election Change (2008-07-06)
School districts in Iowa have until August 1 to decide how to address upcoming changes in the school board election process.


In The Tri States (2008-07-06)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from June 2008.


In The Tri States (2008-07-06)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from June 2008.


From Macomb to Kosovo (2008-07-06)
The United States is part of a project to strengthen and improve the rule of law in Kosovo. One of the people involved in it is from Macomb.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-04)


The Impact of The Flood of '08 (2008-07-03)
This year's flooding along the Mississippi River could impact the region for years to come. Western Illinois University says it will take a detailed look at that impact.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-03)


Keokuk Appoints Interim School Superintendent (2008-07-03)
The Keokuk School Board started the process of finding a new superintendent during Thursday night's special meeting.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-02)


The Joy of Making (And Drinking) Wine (2008-07-02)
"Mango Citrus Symphony" might sound like the name of a psychedelic rock song, but it's actually the name of a homemade wine. It was one of many types entered in the 14th Annual Home Wine Makers' Contest in Nauvoo.


Keokuk Accepts Offer For Vacant Lot (2008-07-02)
The Keokuk School District can only use the money generated by the potential sale of the vacant lot, where its former middle school once stood, for certain projects.


Bushnell Horse Show Draws Large Crowd (2008-07-02)
It was like a scene straight out of an old western movie.


Flood Clean-Up Underway in Fort Madison (2008-07-02)
Flood clean-up is underway in one of the hardest-hit portions of Lee County.


Afternoon Edition (2008-07-01)


Shop Talk (2008-07-01)
The panelists discuss whether those who work in the news industry should be allowed to voice political opinions in public forums such as blogs.


Attorney: City Owns Disputed Parks (2008-07-01)
Macomb Park Board attorney Bill Poncin believes the City of Macomb is still the owner of several disputed parks. He says the park district was simply given operational control of the properties.


Application for Senior Housing in Rushville Complete (2008-06-30)
The grant application for the proposed senior housing units in Rushville is complete.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-30)


No Date Set For Reopening Bridge (2008-06-30)
A three-and-a-half mile stretch of Route 34 is still under Mississippi River flood waters in Henderson County, which means it's unknown when the Great River Bridge can reopen.


Recovering From The Flood of 2008 (2008-06-29)
The Mississippi River is gradually returning to normal levels in the tri states region. But for many people who live along the river, the story of the Great Flood of 2008 is far from over.


Emphasis (2008-06-27)
Julie Root's guest is McDonough District Hospital CEO Steve Hopper.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-27)


Pet Rescues Still Underway (2008-06-27)
Efforts continue to care for animals displaced by the Flood of 2008.


Flood Waters Recede in Dallas City (2008-06-26)
The scene in Dallas City has changed quite a bit in recent days. Last week, First Street was filled with volunteers working furiously to fill sandbags. Now, the street is empty.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-26)


McDonough County Public Transportation Funding Amount Corrected (2008-06-26)
An inaccurate figure nearly kept McDonough County Public Transportation from receiving the correct amount of state funding for the next fiscal year.


Carbon Black Case Taken To Court (2008-06-25)
The Illinois Attorney General's office is wasting no time taking action in the carbon black case in western Illinois.


Flood Recovery Beginning in Lee County (2008-06-24)
Lee County residents may not have to pay as much to get rid of their flood debris.


Shop Talk (2008-06-24)
The panelists talk about the drastic drop in coverage of the Iraq War.


Recount Set For This Afternoon (2008-06-24)
Democrats in Lee County's fifth supervisor district should find out, later today, who will represent their party on the November ballot.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-24)


W-I-U Herbicide Plot Tour Thursday (2008-06-23)
Farmers can learn the latest about the ongoing battle against weeds during W-I-U's Annual Herbicide Plot Tour.


The Mississippi Begins to Recede (2008-06-22)
It appears the Mississippi River has hit its high water mark in this region. However, the river is still well outside of its banks.


Sandbags in Place to Protect Pump Station (2008-06-20)
A Western Illinois town along the Mississippi is still fighting to keep floodwaters out of its water plant pump station.


Volunteers Continue Their Efforts to Keep Flood Waters Out (2008-06-20)
Volunteers are the driving force behind the flood relief efforts.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-20)


Emphasis (2008-06-20)
Jason Parrott's guest is Missouri State Representative Brian Munzlinger, who is a Republican from Lewis County.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-19)


Lee County Waiting For The Water (2008-06-19)
Several Southeast Iowa communities are taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the rising Mississippi River.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-18)


Sandbagging Continues (2008-06-18)
Dallas City residents continue to push on, despite losing more houses to the rising flood waters.


Flood Museum Floods Again (2008-06-18)
Volunteers have spent hundreds of hours re-enforcing levees and protecting buildings in Southeast Iowa.
Some communities have now stopped filling sand bags because they are confident their work will hold up to the Mississippi River.
Others were forced to quit because the river was just too strong.
One museum in downtown Fort Madison, ironically a flood museum, has lost its battle.


River Flooding Closes Bridges (2008-06-17)
The Mississippi River bridges at Burlington and Fort Madison are now closed because of the flooding. For now, the bridge at Keokuk remains open.


The Big Push To Hold Back The Big River (2008-06-17)
Sandbagging continues along the Mississippi River in western Illinois. The river is expected to crest at or above record levels on Wednesday and Thursday.


Lee County Preparing for Record Crest (2008-06-17)
The National Weather Service is now calling for a record crest of the Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 19 in Keokuk early Thursday morning.
Communities throughout Lee County are doing all they can to limit the potential damage


Shop Talk (2008-06-17)
The panelists talk about media coverage of the massive flooding along the Mississippi River.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-17)


McDonough County Red Cross Ready to Help (2008-06-16)
Organizations from outside of flood ravaged areas are ready to do their part to help.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-16)


Getting Ready For A Major Flood (2008-06-15)
The Mississippi River continues to rise in western Illinois and it's not expected to crest until later in the week.


Emphasis (2008-06-13)
Rich Egger's guest is Mary Warnock of the Macomb Area AARP.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-13)


Keokuk Teaching Public About Garbage (2008-06-12)
Keokuk wants to make sure its residents are well aware of upcoming changes to how garbage will be collected.


Food Recalls More Common (2008-06-12)
It seems that food recalls are becoming more common. Last week there was a recall of tomatoes. A few months ago it was spinach and beef.


Wine Tasting Benefit Saturday (2008-06-12)
Wine, music, and artwork will be featured at a weekend event.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-12)


Mississippi River Flood Warnings Continue (2008-06-12)
The National Weather Service says extreme rainfall the past week across Iowa and Wisconsin has pushed the Mississippi River to higher levels than previously forecast.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-11)


Macomb Parks Talks Get More Complicated (2008-06-10)
A newly discovered 60-year old agreement is impacting talks between the City of Macomb and the Macomb Park District.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-10)


Parks Talks Get More Complicated (2008-06-10)
A newly discovered 60-year old agreement is impacting talks between the City of Macomb and the Macomb Park District.


Macomb Parks Talks Get More Complicated (2008-06-10)
A newly discovered 60-year old agreement is impacting talks between the City of Macomb and the Macomb Park District.


Keokuk's "Tent of Hope" (2008-06-10)
"Tents of Hope" are being raised in more than 200 cities across the country to raise awareness about genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Keokuk's tent is now completed. It was unveiled during a small gathering at Keokuk Middle School.


Locks on Mississippi will be Shut Down (2008-06-10)
The U-S Army Corps of Engineers is shutting down locks along the Mississippi for the second time in a month.


Shop Talk (2008-06-10)
The panelists talk about the future of radio. Audiences are finding new ways to listen to the medium.


Keokuk & Tents of Hope (2008-06-09)
"Tents of Hope" are being raised in more than 200 cities across the country to raise awareness about genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Keokuk's tent is now completed. It was unveiled during a small gathering at Keokuk Middle School.


Keokuk Approves Wage Hikes (2008-06-09)
Nearly 2/3 of Keokuk's non-union workforce is in line for larger-than-anticipated pay increases.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-09)


Contract Negotiations with Insurance Provider Underway (2008-06-09)
Contract talks are at a stalemate between the McDonough Physicians Hospital Organization and a large insurance provider.


Obama's Rise to the Top (2008-06-07)
12 years ago, Barack Obama was a political unknown. Now, he's poised to be the Democratic Party's nominee for president. That rise from obscurity to fame is examined in a new book co-authored by a Western Illinois University political scientist.


Emphasis (2008-06-06)
Rich Egger's guests are State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and State Representative Rich Myers (R-Colchester).


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-06)


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-05)


Keokuk Tries To Lure Ethanol Plant (2008-06-05)
City leaders in Keokuk are still trying to land an ethanol-production plant that could employee as many as 50 people.


Port Authority Extends Director's Terms In Office (2008-06-05)
The Board of Directors for the Southeast Iowa Regional Economic and Port Authority has given its members two more years to finish several projects.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-04)


Feds Could Help Keokuk Add Officers (2008-06-04)
The Keokuk Police Department is one of only three departments in Iowa to be invited to apply for the federal COPS grant.
The invite could lead to more officers on the force.


W-I-U President Disappointed Capital Bill not Passed (2008-06-04)
Western Illinois University has concerns about the state legislature's recently concluded session.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-03)


Shop Talk (2008-06-03)
The panelists talk about the Project for Excellence in Journalism's Annual Report on American Journalism.


Amtrak Ridership Up Over the Past Few Months (2008-06-03)
Amtrak seems to be benefiting from the ever-rising price of gas.


Election Results - June 3 Primary (2008-06-03)
Residents of Lee, Des Moines, and Van Buren Counties voted in eight contested, local races today.
Four of them were decided by less then 20 votes.


Aldermen Reject Parks Plan (2008-06-03)
The City of Macomb is not yet ready to play ball with the Park District.


Lee County Starting Work on Jail Expansion/Renovation (2008-06-03)
A multi-million dollar renovation at the Lee County Jail is now underway.


Election Preview - Lee County Board of Supervisors - District 5 - Republican (2008-06-02)
Four Keokuk residents jumped in the race to replace outgoing Lee County Board of Supervisors Chairman George Morgan.

Morgan has represented District 5, which includes the northern half of Keokuk, for the last four years.

Two Republicans are vying for a spot on the November ballot.


Afternoon Edition (2008-06-02)


Hoyt Newest Keokuk City Council Member (2008-06-02)
The newest member of the Keokuk City Council says he is ready to work hard to improve the city.


Conference for Local Growers, Producers and Distributers (2008-06-02)
The University of Illinois Extension Service will bring together producers, businesses, and distributers with a common interest, locally grown foods.


In The Tri States (2008-06-01)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from May 2008.


Hospital Construction About To Begin (2008-06-01)
A huge crowd gathered under a large white tent for a big event in Carthage. It seemed as though the entire town was on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Memorial Hospital.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-30)


Three Republicans Challenge Iowa Congressman (2008-05-30)
Three Republicans are seeking to unseat unopposed Democrat incumbent Congressman Dave Loebsack.


Hancock County Highway Funds Running Out (2008-05-30)
Like many counties, Hancock County faces a budget shortfall in highway funds due to an increase in salt and fuel costs.


Emphasis (2008-05-30)
Rich Egger's guest is WIU Meteorology Professor Tom Williams.


Election Preview - Lee County Board - District 5 - Democrat (2008-05-29)
Four Keokuk residents entered the race to represent District 5 on the Lee County Board of Supervisors.
The two Democrats in the race each have experience in local government.


School Districts Hope State Aid Payments Will be on Time (2008-05-29)
Illinois School Districts are bracing themselves for the possibility that June's general state aid payments will be late.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-29)


Belknap Convicted of Murder (2008-05-29)
A McDonough County jury found 30-year old Daniel Belknap guilty of murder in the death of five-year old Silven Yocum.


High School Greenhouse Project to be Completed (2008-05-28)
A project that was started at West Prairie High School nearly fifteen years ago might finally be completed this summer.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-28)


Election Preview - Iowa House 92 - Democrat (2008-05-28)
One of the more high-profile, local races in next week's primary happens to also be the most unexpected.


City Offers Its Parks Plan (2008-05-28)
The City of Macomb is proposing to take over all responsibilities for four parks. The plan is part of the ongoing negotiations between Macomb and the Park District.


Belknap Testifies In His Own Defense (2008-05-28)
A McDonough County man accused of murdering a five-year old girl cried as he testified in his own defense.


Used Shoe Collection Wraps Up This Week (2008-05-28)
It's not too late to get rid of those extra gym shoes sitting in the back of your closet.


Shop Talk (2008-05-27)
The panelists talk about reporters who happen to be in the right place at the right time.


Farm Bill Strengthens Animal Protection Laws (2008-05-27)
The Farm Bill recently passed by Congress includes provisions to protect animals.


Election Preview - Lee County Board - District 4 - Democrat (2008-05-27)
Next week, voters will decide a number of contested primaries in Southeast Iowa.
One such contest, Lee County's 4th Supervisor District, features a pair of Democrats with vast city government experience who want to make the jump to county politics.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-27)


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-26)


Murder Trial Enters Second Week (2008-05-26)
The McDonough County State's Attorney's office will continue presenting its case Tuesday morning (May 27) in Daniel Belknap's murder trial. Belknap is accused of killing five-year old Silven Yocum in September 2006.


Fort Madison Approves More Union Contracts (2008-05-26)
Fort Madison has completed negotiations with the unions representing its employees.


Emphasis (2008-05-23)
Rich Egger's guest is International Grandmaster of Chess Maurice Ashley. He was in Macomb to give the keynote speech during the 15th Annual Dealing With Difference Institute at WIU.


Classes Offered for Caretakers of Individuals with Alzheimer's (2008-05-23)
Dealing and caring for someone with Alzheimer's can be a difficult task.


Keokuk Airport Fence Appears To Be Working (2008-05-23)
A move to improve safety at the Keokuk Municipal Airport appears to be working.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-23)


Keokuk Could Name New Council Member June 2 (2008-05-22)
Keokuk's newest city council member could be named early next month.


Fort Madison Still Questioning GRRWA Fee (2008-05-22)
Fort Madison hopes a meeting with the Great River Regional Waste Authority will clear up its concerns and questions about a new monthly service fee.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-22)


WIU Trustee Passes Away (2008-05-22)
A member of the WIU Board of Trustees was pronounced dead at his home Thursday May 22. Bob Cook had served on the board since 2006.


New Hospital Wing Could Open in July (2008-05-22)
Construction on a new wing at Mason District Hospital in Havana is nearly complete.


Beardstown Houston Memorial Library Receives $5,000 Grant (2008-05-21)
The Beardstown Houston Memorial Library is adding new services to help assist the city's growing Hispanic and West African populations.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-21)


SIREPA Board Looks To Extend Terms (2008-05-21)
The terms of the three members of the Southeast Iowa Regional Economic & Port Authority expired over the weekend.
That did not stop the panel from starting the process of extending its members' terms on the board.


Mayor Decides Rezoning In Hamilton (2008-05-20)
A proposed housing development, one mile north of Hamilton, has cleared a big hurdle... by the smallest of margins.


Internet Safety Seminar To Be Held In Keokuk (2008-05-20)
Anyone involved in the life of a child, especially parents, grandparents, and child care providers, are encouraged to attend an internet safety seminar in Keokuk.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-20)


Senator Grassley Speaks Out Against Smear Ethanol Campaign (2008-05-20)
U-S Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa is disputing claims that ethanol is responsible for the increase in food and gasoline prices.


Team Knox County Formed to Look at Poverty (2008-05-20)
A Western Illinois County is on a poverty warning list for the 3rd year in a row, and a newly organized group plans to find out why.


Shop Talk (2008-05-20)
The panelists discuss Gatehouse Media's announced acquisition of the Macomb Eagle. If the sale goes through, the three newspapers serving Macomb will all be owned by the same company.


The Soils of McDonough County (2008-05-19)
Layers, classifications, and characteristics. Each of these words can be used to describe one thing.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-19)


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-16)


Big Brothers, Big Sisters Needs Mentors (2008-05-16)
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Great River Area wrapped up a successful fundraising campaign this month.
The organization, though, is now in need of something more valuable than money.


Passage of Farm Bill Pleases Grassley and Harkin (2008-05-16)
Both Iowa U-S Senators are pleased with the strong bipartisan support of the 300-billion dollar farm bill.


Emphasis (2008-05-16)
Jason Parrott's guest is Dr. Laurence Fuortes, who's involved with an ongoing medical study of current and former employees of the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Des Moines County.


Keokuk Borrowing More For Pool (2008-05-16)
Keokuk is borrowing more than first anticipated for its new swimming pool.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-15)


Saving the Bernadotte Bridge (2008-05-15)
The Fulton County Board is seeking money from the state to save a historic bridge over the Spoon River.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-14)


Delays Will Not Impact Construction Timeline (2008-05-14)
Planning and design delays are not expected to impact the construction schedule for a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation of the Lee County Jail.


Burlington School Board Renames Middle School (2008-05-14)
The Burlington School District's new middle school has its second name, even though it has not even housed its first class.


Credit Crunch Affecting Small Businesses (2008-05-14)
The credit crunch is not only having an effect on the housing market, but it's impacting small businesses as well.


"Doing Nothing" Not An Option (2008-05-14)
Macomb is getting ready to fix a street described as being in such poor shape that doing nothing is not an option.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-13)


Shop Talk (2008-05-13)
The panelists talk about weekly newspapers. Can they survive in an era when audiences demand news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?


Budget Stalemate Delays RR Crossing Repair (2008-05-13)
Repairs to the Route 67 railroad crossing in Macomb will have to wait. IDOT says the work won't be done until a new state budget is approved.


Business Moving, Expanding in Fort Madison (2008-05-13)
A new production facility could allow one Fort Madison business to double its workforce.


Making History Come Alive (2008-05-12)
At the end of each school year, WIU history students unveil their latest research to the community. The display is sure to catch the attention of passersby and it's seen as a way to make history come alive.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-12)


Federal Government Needs to Spend More on Health Care (2008-05-12)
A Western Illinois Congressman says the federal government can afford to provide health care for all Americans.


Challenge Issued To Improve Neighborhood (2008-05-12)
A Macomb resident is publicly challenging others to join him in improving a property in the city's northwest quadrant.


Property Sells for $80,000 (2008-05-09)
The West Central Illinois Arts Center is now at a good starting point for its capital campaign.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-09)


Emphasis (2008-05-09)
Rich Egger's guest is Janice Welsch, who is one of the organizers for the 15th Annual Dealing With Difference Institute at WIU.


Culver Signs Prison Bill (2008-05-09)
The highlight of the 2008 legislative session for Southeast Iowa became a reality Friday morning.


First Annual Keokon This Saturday (2008-05-09)
Science-fiction fans will descend upon Keokuk, this weekend, for the city's first-ever sci-fi convention.


Pharmaceuticals in Water a Concern (2008-05-08)
Testing well water is important, even if you don't drink it.


Fort Madison Rejects Franchise Fee Again (2008-05-08)
Fort Madison is running out of options when it comes to finding the money needed to restore personnel cuts to the police and fire departments.


Students Voice Support for Highway Project (2008-05-08)
West Central High School students have written hundreds of letters to state lawmakers, urging them to find the money to make US 34 a four-lane highway. It was just one year ago when Melissa Salcedo-Munoz was killed in a crash on the highway right outside the school while classes were in session.


Proposed Keokuk Water Tower Gets Special Use Permit (2008-05-08)
The Keokuk Municipal Waterworks' plan to build a 2,000,000 gallon storage tank on the city's southwest side is moving ahead.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-08)


Keokuk Historic Preservation Commission Gets More Time (2008-05-08)
Keokuk's Historic Preservation Commission has more time to complete a couple of projects that have been in underway for months... and even years.


Highway 61 in Clark County Opens (2008-05-07)
A well-traveled road in Northern Clark County is once again open to traffic.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-07)


Proposed Windmill Project in Hancock County (2008-05-07)
Windmills could provide Hancock County with an economic development jolt.


Rock Against Rape (2008-05-07)
The annual "Rock Against Rape" fundraiser will take on greater significance this year. That's because federal funding for the Western Illinois Regional Council's Victim Services program is being slashed by $30,000.


Milestone Project Taking Shape (2008-05-07)
The run-down former college campus in Carthage will soon get a facelift. A Master Plan is in on the drawing board for redeveloping it into a business and learning center.


Lee County Must Know About Rural Brush Fires (2008-05-06)
A proposal requiring the sheriff's office be told about controlled brush fires is about to become law in Lee County.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-06)


Site Selected for Proposed Housing Units (2008-05-06)
A one-acre site on Rushville's West Side could soon be home to ten senior housing apartments.


Shop Talk (2008-05-06)
The panelists review how presidential campaign coverage has changed during the past few decades.


Macomb Housing Market Bright (2008-05-05)
News of the turmoil in the housing market continues, but things in Macomb are not as grim.


Illinois' Colleges and Universities Under-funded (2008-05-05)
Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes says the states colleges and universities are being short changed.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-05)


Keokuk Appoints New City Council Member (2008-05-05)
The newest member of the Keokuk City Council says she is willing to learn and is ready to help the city grow and succeed.


Bicyclists Raising Awareness About Clean Water (2008-05-05)
A group working to raise awareness about the need for clean water in some parts of the world is making its way around Iowa.


Keokuk Appointment Could Come After Deadline (2008-05-05)
The Keokuk City Council appears to have missed the deadline for filling its vacant 6th ward seat.
That does not necessarily mean aldermen cannot appoint someone during this afternoon's special meeting.


Giving Kids A Good Head Start (2008-05-04)
Some students in Macomb will receive a bit of an educational boost this year. For the first time, the district will offer a Pre-K Summer School program.


In The Tri States (2008-05-04)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from April 2008.


Keokuk Could Shift Pool Location (2008-05-02)
Keokuk could shift the proposed location of its new swimming pool.


Upcoming Lecture In Burlington On Late Nature Writer (2008-05-02)
The life and death of a Midwestern nature writer will be the focus of an upcoming lecture in Burlington.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-02)


Emphasis (2008-05-02)
Jason Parrott's guest is State Representative Phil Wise (D-Keokuk), who is retiring from the Iowa legislature.


Afternoon Edition (2008-05-01)


University of Illinois Extension Funding Still in Limbo (2008-05-01)
University of Illinois Extension Offices can breathe a sigh of relief, but they are not out of the woods yet.


US Highway 34 Bridge Now Open (2008-05-01)
The US Highway 34 bridge connecting Burlington and Gulfport is once again open.


Highway 61 in Clark County Now Closed (2008-05-01)
The stretch of Highway 61 between Alexandria, MO and Keokuk is now closed because of rising flood water


Land Auction for Arts Center (2008-04-30)
The vision of the West Central Illinois Arts Center is getting closer to reality. The group will auction off a recently razed site on West Jackson Street in Macomb to generate money for buying a home for an arts center.


One Lane Traffic On Highway 61 (2008-04-30)
One lane of Highway 61 in northern Clark County is now closed because of flooding.


Flood Waters Continue to Rise (2008-04-30)
Communities along the Mississippi River are being threatened by flood waters.


Guerrilla Marketing in Western Illinois (2008-04-30)
An advocate of "Guerrilla Marketing" believes the concept is here to stay. He shared his expertise on the topic during presentations in western Illinois.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-30)


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-29)


Shop Talk (2008-04-29)
The panelists discuss the mainstream media's proclivity for latching on to frivolous stories.


Central Lee Could Avoid Program Cuts (2008-04-29)
The Central Lee School District has certified its budget for the next school year. Several cost-cutting moves could keep some programs from being cut this fall.


Olympics For The Young At Heart (2008-04-28)
During International Olympic games, you often hear a great deal about national pride and going for the gold. The Senior Olympics are a bit different. While it's nice to win, it's just as nice to renew old acquaintances and meet new friends.


Culver Could Use Veto Power (2008-04-28)
Governor Chet Culver (D-IA) does not know what changes, if any, will be needed to Iowa's multi-billion dollar budget for next year.


NE Missouri Students Reassigned (2008-04-28)
The State Board of Education has agreed to reassign the students living within the Wyaconda C-I School District.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-28)


Like Living In A Prison (2008-04-26)
An Illinois woman wants more pressure imposed on Burma's government to end the nation's brutal oppression of its people.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-25)


From the Rainforest to Your Backyard (2008-04-25)
While a Costa Rica rainforest sounds like a place far, far away, a Missouri woman says what happens there can impact what happens in your own backyard.


Emphasis (2008-04-25)
Rich Egger's guest is Dave Bosch, who is chairman of Donate Life Illinois.


Keokuk Approves Urban Renewal Expansion (2008-04-24)
An expansion of Keokuk's urban renewal area is now official.
The move is expected to have a direct impact on several major projects.


Senator Grassley Optimistic About Farm Bill (2008-04-24)
A compromise on the Farm Bill has not yet been reached and it is set to expire Friday.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-24)


Proposed Cultural Center Seeks Contributions (2008-04-24)
Supporters of a proposed cultural center in Fort Madison hope to see more donations come in over the next few months.


Bond Issue for SRC Projects (2008-04-24)
Spoon River College plans to issue bonds to help pay for some major improvement projects. The school also plans to raise money through its foundation.


Ashcroft Faces Tough Crowd at Knox College (2008-04-23)
Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft faced some hostile questions during an appearance in Western Illinois.


Celebrating the Life of a Famous Poet (2008-04-23)
A Western Illinois Community will celebrate the life of a famous poet.


Meeting Set To Discuss Hamilton Development (2008-04-23)
Hamilton residents could get some of their questions about a proposed housing development answered during a special meeting tomorrow night.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-23)


Virus Hits Western Illinois (2008-04-22)
The Warren County Health Department is looking into an outbreak of norovirus. The virus causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and usually lasts 24 to 48 hours.


Mission Accomplished: Medals Replaced (2008-04-22)
A couple years ago, burglars in McDonough County stole more than a dozen medals earned by a veteran of the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars. Those medals were never recovered so his fellow vets contacted their congressman about the matter. This week, their efforts results in a "Mission Accomplished."


Burlington Hires New City Manager (2008-04-22)
Burlington's new city manager brings a wealth of local experience to the job.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-22)


Shop Talk (2008-04-22)
The panelists discuss the Chicago Tribune's decision to stop distributing the paper in some parts of Illinois.


Clean Sweep Collection this Summer in Western Illinois (2008-04-21)
This summer, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will dispose of any unwanted agricultural pesticides for free in Western Illinois.


Keokuk Vision Plan Update (2008-04-21)
A group of Keokuk residents took out their crystal balls, roughly two years ago, and started to look into the city's future.
The results of that effort were unveiled to the public last summer.
It now looks like Keokuk's vision for the future is taking shape.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-21)


Testing Underway At Former Keokuk School (2008-04-21)
It could several months before Keokuk Municipal Water Works knows whether the site of a former school can be used for water storage.


Garden Planting Just Around the Corner (2008-04-18)
A few 60 and 70 degree days do not mean that it is time to get out in the garden to plant flowers and vegetables.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-18)


Emphasis (2008-04-18)
Jason Parrott's guest is Keokuk Tourism Director Kirk Brandenberger.


Macomb Huddles With NFL Team (2008-04-17)
Macomb could learn within the next week whether the St Louis Rams will bring their training camp back to Western Illinois University.


Shirts Educate People on Violence (2008-04-17)
Tee-shirts of different colors were organized in rows on a clothesline on the Spoon River College and Western Illinois University Campuses, all with one thing in common.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-17)


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-16)


Money for Emergency Equipment (2008-04-16)
A Western Illinois lawmaker's bill will help communities secure money for emergency equipment.


Golden Plans for Golf Course Subdivision (2008-04-16)
Developers are planning a pricey subdivision that will be located just south of the Gold Hills Golf Course on what's now 80-acres of pasture and timberland.


Public Hearing Date Change in Keokuk (2008-04-16)
Keokuk will wait a week to hold a public hearing on the proposed expansion of the city's urban renewal area.


Construction Continues on Multicultural Center (2008-04-15)
After a rough winter, work is moving forward on the new Multicultural Center at Western Illinois University.


Lee County Burn Ordinance Moving Forward (2008-04-15)
A proposal requiring the sheriff's office be notified of controlled burns in rural Lee County is back on track.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-15)


Keokuk School Budget Includes Tax Cut (2008-04-15)
The Keokuk School District's upcoming budget will include a lower property tax rate.


Park District Feeling "Ignored" (2008-04-15)
Negotiations between the City of Macomb and the Macomb Park District are turning a bit testy. Park Board President Lois Nickson says she's "very disappointed" with the city and feels the park district is being ignored.


Lee County Waiting For Response (2008-04-15)
Lee County is waiting for Keokuk to respond to its recommendations about the city's plan to expand its urban renewal area.


Shop Talk (2008-04-15)
The panelists discuss whether news anchors and reporters should be asked to voice commercials.


Local Schools Could Get Infrastructure Boost (2008-04-14)
School districts in Lee County could get more money for building repairs if the Iowa Legislature increases the state's sales tax by 1%.


Trees Enhance Macomb (2008-04-14)
The City of Macomb continues to enhance its beauty, with trees.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-14)


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-11)


Emphasis (2008-04-11)
Jason Parrott's guests are Mike Pence, Anne Witt, and Kim Orth of the Scenic Rivers Grape and Wine Association. They about wine-making and the upcoming Scenic Rivers Wine Trail.


The Ahn Trio Performs in Macomb (2008-04-10)
Western Illinois University music students are getting a taste of classical music with a twist.


Funding May Not be Released for Extension Service (2008-04-10)
The University of Illinois Extension Service might be forced to make drastic cuts.


NEMO School Future in State Hands (2008-04-10)
After a failed annexation vote this week, the future of a Northeast Missouri school district is now in the hands of the state.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-10)


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-09)


Democrat To Run Against Myers (2008-04-09)
There will be a contested race for state representative in western Illinois. Democrat Earl Godt of Macomb has filed the paperwork to challenge incumbent Rich Myers (R-Colchester).


Elections - Missouri Results (2008-04-09)
Mayor Joe Clark says he was both pleasantly surprised and very pleased that residents want a new Canton City Hall.


A Memorial to Honor the Veterans of Industry (2008-04-08)
A Western Illinois community hopes to honor its Veterans with a Memorial.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-08)


Shop Talk (2008-04-08)
The panelists discuss recent cuts in TV news jobs at the local and network levels and how those cuts might impact the industry.


Council Sees Pool Design; Public Next In Line (2008-04-07)
Keokuk's new swimming pool will have a little something for everyone.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-07)


Missouri Elections - April 8 (2008-04-07)
Canton residents can help decide the future of City Hall during tomorrow's municipal election in Northeast Missouri.


Governor Not Releasing Funds for Soil and Water Conservation Districts (2008-04-07)
A Western Illinois lawmaker says the Governor is not releasing money desperately needed to keep Soil and Water Conservation District Offices functioning.


The Big Picture (2008-04-06)
It's "Big Picture" week at Western Illinois University.


In The Tri States (2008-04-06)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from March 2008.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-04)


Emphasis (2008-04-04)
Rich Egger's guests are Lisa Gruver and Dan Barclay of the Macomb-based Food Initiatives Group, or FIG.


Fossil Expo this Weekend (2008-04-04)
Western Hall on the W-I-U campus was full of fossils over weekend. The event was the 30th Annual National Fossil Expo.


Go West Recognizes 10-Millionth Rider (2008-04-03)
Ten years ago, the idea of a fixed transit system in Macomb and at Western Illinois University was only an idea.


Elections - Aug. 5th Missouri Primary (2008-04-03)
A crowded field has developed in the race for several open seats on the Clark County Board of Commissioners.


Hamilton HS Renovation To Move Ahead (2008-04-03)
Plans to renovate Hamilton High School's science wing are moving forward.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-03)


"Can I Kiss You" Comes To Lee County (2008-04-02)
Mike Domitrz says when teenagers have all the details on dating, they will make the right decisions.
Domitrz is presenting his nationally-recognized program Can I Kiss You in Lee County over the next few days.


Afternoon Edition (2008-04-02)


Learning About Dinosaurs (2008-04-02)
A conference at Western Illinois University will dig deeper into the past of dinosaurs.


More Money Possible For Highway Project (2008-04-01)
Efforts to add a fourth interchange to the proposed Highway 61 Bypass around Fort Madison appear to have cleared another hurdle.


Western Illinois Residents in Favor of a Capital Bill (2008-04-01)
A public forum on a proposed new capital bill for Illinois, drew a standing room only crowd at Macomb's City Hall.


Lee County Not Likely To Address Labor Bill (2008-04-01)
It does not look like Lee County will weigh in on a controversial labor negotiations bill being discussed in Des Moines.


Shop Talk (2008-04-01)
The panelists critique media coverage of the shooting threat at WIU. The discussion focuses on website updates.


Participation in Smoking Cessation Up in McDonough County (2008-03-31)
The McDonough County Health Department says the state's smoking ban in public places has prompted more people to participate in smoking cessation programs.


Ernest Hemingway Exhibit in Galesburg (2008-03-31)
The ties between two well known writers brought an exhibit about one to Western Illinois.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-31)


Importance of Storm Spotters (2008-03-28)
Think about your plans for the weekend. Would they change if the sun comes out, if it rains or snows, or if it's extremely windy.
Weather plays a significant role in our daily lives, which is why it's so important to know the forecast. While radars and computer programs that are essential to that process continue to improve, nothing beats a set of human eyes.


Loebsack Expects More Improvements In Vets Affairs (2008-03-28)
IA Congressman Dave Loebsack says his fellow lawmakers must continue to streamline the Department of Veterans Affairs.


McDonough County Health Department Re-Opened (2008-03-28)
The McDonough County Health Department has a new look.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-28)


Emphasis (2008-03-28)
Rich Egger's guests are Horn Field Campus Program Coordinator Mindy Harpman and Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs Assistant Director Timothy Collins. They talk about WIU's Fifth Annual Environmental Summit, which will be held Wednesday April 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the University Union Grand Ballroom.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-27)


"Make The Right Decision" (2008-03-27)
During a news conference Thursday afternoon, Western Illinois University representatives said no one has been arrested for making a threat against the campus. The university also revealed what the hand-written note said.


Ten Candidates Hoping To Replace Hulshof (2008-03-26)
A crowded field of candidates is vying to replace Northeast Missouri's Congressman.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-26)


Threat Investigated at WIU (2008-03-26)
Western Illinois University says it will return to its regular operating schedule on Thursday March 27 at 8:00 a.m. A heightened police presence will remain on campus throughout the day. Security was stepped up in response to written threat discovered on Wednesday that indicated there would be a shooting on campus.


Shop Talk (2008-03-25)
The panelists discuss whether broadcasters should break stories on their websites. Some newsrooms still prefer to broadcast a scoop before posting it to the web.


Stepp Hired As Keokuk Parks Director (2008-03-25)
A lengthy hiring process is finally over in Keokuk.


Live Green, Live Simple (2008-03-25)
A man known as an actor and activist told an audience at Western Illinois University that everyone can do a little something to reduce pollution.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-25)


Children Facing Many Difficult Dating Situations (2008-03-25)
A nationally-recognized speaker on healthy dating practices says middle and high school students face some difficult situations when it comes to relationships.


Penalties Challenge Lee County Burn Ordinance (2008-03-25)
Potential penalities appear to be the biggest hurdle for a proposed burn notification ordiance in Lee County.


Rams Considering Macomb Again (2008-03-24)
Macomb is in the running to host an NFL training camp again - and it could happen as soon as this summer.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-24)


Western Illinois Congressman Against Columbia Free Trade Agreement (2008-03-24)
A Western Illinois Congressman is not in favor of a Free Trade Agreement with Columbia.


Burlington To Interview City Manager Candidates (2008-03-24)
Burlington residents will soon have the opportunity to meet the candidates for the vacant post of city manager.


Water Meter Surcharge Dropped for Non-Residents (2008-03-24)
Macomb's monthly water fees are likely going up, but those outside city limits will catch a break for now.


Canton Getting On Same Page About Downtown (2008-03-24)
Canton residents are starting to get on the same page when it comes to revitalizing the city's downtown district


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-21)


A Soldier's View of War (2008-03-21)
Macomb Deputy Police Chief Curt Barker is back from Iraq after serving his second tour of duty in the war. Both times the Army reservist was assigned to the 318th Tactical Psychological Operations Company.


Emphasis (2008-03-21)
Jason Parrott's guests are Mark Pearson of the PBS program Market to Market and Bob Dodds of the Lee County Extension Office.


Rushville Hopes to Annex DHS Facility (2008-03-21)
Rushville anticipates increasing its population by a considerable amount in the near future. The city council is expected to approve annexation of the Illinois Department of Human Services Facility.


Emphasis (2008-03-21)
Jason Parrott's guests are Mark Pearson of the PBS program Market to Market and Bob Dodds of the Lee County Extension Office.


Emphasis (2008-03-21)
Jason Parrott's guests are Mark Pearson of the PBS program Market to Market and Bob Dodds of the Lee County Extension Office.


Keokuk Approves Police Contract (2008-03-21)
Members of the Keokuk Police Department will get a pay raise later this year.


Keokuk Still Without Parks Director (2008-03-20)
The city of Keokuk is still without a new parks director.


Flooding Could Hit Western Illinois (2008-03-20)
Floods have hit areas of the Midwest and this region might be next.


A Soldier's View of Iraq (2008-03-20)
Macomb Deputy Police Chief Curt Barker is back from Iraq after serving his second tour of duty in the war. Both times the Army reservist was assigned to the 318th Tactical Psychological Operations Company.


Lee County To Revisit Burn Notification Plan (2008-03-20)
The Lee County Board of Supervisors wants to take another shot at a controversial burn-notification ordinance.


"Round-Up" Campaign To Improve Keokuk Park (2008-03-20)
A small park in downtown Keokuk could benefit from your spare change.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-20)


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-19)


KHS Tops Facilities Improvement List (2008-03-19)
Several projects at Keokuk High School have been placed at the top of the district's facilities improvement priority list.


State To Decide On Zone Extension (2008-03-19)
It's now up to the State of Illinois to decide whether the McDonough County Enterprise Zone should be extended.


Charting A Course For Amtrak (2008-03-19)
A western Illinois man who's the newest member of the Amtrak Board of Directors already knows what he would like to improve about the passenger rail agency.


Charting A Course For Amtrak (2008-03-19)
A western Illinois man who's the newest member of the Amtrak Board of Directors already knows what he would like to improve about the passenger rail agency.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-18)


Prison Ready By 2014? (2008-03-18)
It could be six years before a new maximum-security prison is up and running in Fort Madison.


Shop Talk (2008-03-18)
The panelists talk about Sunshine Week. The national campaign for open government is taking place this week (March 16-22).


Fifth Anniversary of Iraq War This Week (2008-03-18)
This week is the Fifth Anniversary of the War in Iraq and a Western Illinois Congressman says enough is enough.


Upcoming Tour Could Point Out Security Issues (2008-03-18)
Lee County will be getting some outside assistance as it works to improve security at several county buildings.


Museum Will Add Space (2008-03-17)
A museum in Carthage will soon double in size. Plans call for construction of a bridge building to connect the Kibbe Museum with the former city hall building next door.


Filing Deadline Passes In Southeast Iowa (2008-03-17)
Southeast Iowa residents will only have to decide a couple of state and federal races during the June 3 primaries.


Lawmaker Says Iowa Smoking Ban Still Possible (2008-03-17)
One Southeast Iowa lawmaker says the state legislature will eventually agree on a state-wide public smoking ban.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-17)


Heavy Rains Raise Water Treatment Concerns (2008-03-17)
Western Illinois has already seen a lot of rain this week, which could result in another boil order.


No Incidents Following Another Threat In Burlington School (2008-03-17)
Burlington's superintendent says there were no incidents today at the school where a written threat of violence was recently found.


Emphasis (2008-03-14)
Jason Parrott's guest is Canton (MO) Mayor Joe Clark. They talk about improvement projects going on throughout the city.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-14)


Vance To Run For State Representative (2008-03-14)
Another candidate has added his name to the list of those looking to represent Southern Lee County in Des Moines.


Bridges To Be Fully Repaired (2008-03-13)
Macomb aldermen appear willing to spend whatever it takes to completely repair two bridges in town.


WIU Focusing on Security and Maintenance (2008-03-13)
Western Illinois University will upgrade one of its campus security measures, and it hopes to upgrade chillers in several buildings.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-13)


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-12)


FM Fire Department Stretched To Limit (2008-03-12)
Fort Madison's fire chief says staffing cuts are stretching his department to the limit.


Shop Talk (2008-03-11)
The panelists talk to Julie Root, who is the new Morning Edition host for Tri States Public Radio.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-11)


Plan Being Formed to Recover From Cuts (2008-03-11)
Work continues on a plan to help Carthage recover from the massive layoffs at Methode Electronics.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-10)


Parks Grant Headed to Macomb (2008-03-10)
The Macomb Park District has finally received the news it's been waiting a long time to hear: it will receive a $400,000 state grant.


Another Fee Hike Proposed (2008-03-10)
Macomb might soon charge more for water. Aldermen next week will hold first reading of an ordinance for a 15% water rate hike for Macomb residents.


Teahen Running For Congress (2008-03-10)
A small businessman from Cedar Rapids says he is running for Congress to restore the core values of this country.


Out Of This World Results For Macomb Schools (2008-03-09)
Most of the finalists for NASA's annual Podcast Competition were from the Macomb School District.


Fort Madison Hiking Water Rates (2008-03-09)
Fort Madison residents could soon see their water bills go up for the 4th time in 4 years.


Emphasis (2008-03-07)
Rich Egger's guest is WIU Institute for Environmental Studies Director Roger Viadero. They talk about aquaculture. Viadero is the newly installed president of the Aquacultural Engineering Society.


Keokuk City Council To Review Approved Budget (2008-03-07)
City leaders will take another look at Keokuk's budget for the upcoming fiscal year, even though the city council has already signed off on it.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-07)


Lt. Governor Wants Iowa Kids To Get Healthy (2008-03-07)
Lt. Governor Patty Judge says school districts across Iowa must do a better job of providing healthy food options to students.


Keokuk "Smelly" Water Safe To Drink (2008-03-06)
The head of Keokuk's water treatment plant says, even though it may smell strange, the city's water supply is safe to drink.


Volunteer Group Picks Next Project (2008-03-06)
Colchester Community Connections is beginning the fundraising for its next improvement project. The volunteer group wants new playground equipment for Friendway Park.


Fort Madison Finalizes Budget (2008-03-06)
The Fort Madison police and fire departments will take a hit in the city's spending plan for next year.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-06)


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-05)


Great River Region Heading To Des Moines (2008-03-04)
Keeping the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison is one of the top priorities for a group traveling to Des Moines this week.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-04)


Building A Better Relationship (2008-03-04)
There's a renewed effort to improve the relationship between the City of Macomb and Western Illinois University. As a first step, the two entities have agreed to reorganize the Community - University Partnership Program.


Shop Talk (2008-03-04)
The panelists talk about the idea of conducting interviews via e-mail. Some sources are now insisting that interviews be done this way rather than face-to-face or over the phone.


Kearns To Run In 92nd House District (2008-03-03)
The field of candidates looking to replace a long-time state lawmaker from Southeast Iowa is starting to take shape.


A Taste of Nature, A Taste of the World (2008-03-03)
Mother Nature's sweetwater and global cuisine tantalized tastebuds in western Illinois over the weekend.


In The Tri States (2008-03-03)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from February 2008.


Afternoon Edition (2008-03-03)


Grad Rates For Southeast Iowa (2008-03-03)
The Iowa Department of Education's latest figures show that, in Lee and Des Moines Counties, roughly 87% of the class of 2007 graduated.


Emphasis (2008-02-29)
Rich Egger's guests are Janine Cavicchia and Darcy McNeese of the WIU Women's Center. They preview Women's History Month activities on Western's campus.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-29)


Stepp: Decision Needed on Parks Director Pay (2008-02-28)
The Keokuk City Council has been split for weeks over how much the city's new parks director should be paid. The man who has accepted the job says his fellow council members need to stop arguing and make a decision.


A "Pseudo" Presidential Election (2008-02-28)
Russians will head to the polls March 2, although an expert says the presidential contest is considered a "pseudo" election. Dmitri Medvedev is expected to easily win election.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-28)


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-27)


Economic Development Job Cut From Budget (2008-02-27)
Rushville will soon do without an economic development director. The position will be eliminated at the end of March due to budget cuts.


Keokuk Superintendent Says Bullying Not A Problem (2008-02-27)
The head of the Keokuk School District says programs and discussions have been, and are being, held to try to prevent bullying.


Weather Hurting Lee County Roads (2008-02-26)
The last 3 months have been a mix of bitter cold, sunny skies, snow, rain, and ice.
The ever-changing conditions are taking a toll on Lee County's gravel roads.


Shop Talk (2008-02-26)
The panelists talk about a controversy involving the dean of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. Questions are being raised about quotes he used in an alumni magazine article.


SRC Board Reviews Campus Plans (2008-02-26)
The Spoon River College Board of Trustees is almost finished reviewing plans for improvements to all four campuses. Now it needs to figure out how to pay for the work.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-26)


Co-Op Agreement Now Official (2008-02-26)
The West Hancock Titans are the best class 2A girls basketball team in Illinois.
The school districts involved in that co-op will have more opportunities to find combined success.


Food & Culture From Around The Globe (2008-02-26)
Cultures from around the world can be sampled this weekend without ever leaving the tri-states region.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-25)


Culver Announces Energy Plan (2008-02-25)
Governor Chet Culver says his new energy plan will reduce Iowa's dependence on foreign oil and improve energy efficiency.


Keokuk Looking To Clean Up City (2008-02-25)
Keokuk's Beautification Committee hopes to attract several hundred volunteers for a special Earth Day city-wide clean up.


Religion As A Field Of Study (2008-02-23)
Religion plays a prominent role in many people's lives, and the study of it will soon have a more prominent role at Western Illinois University.


Emphasis (2008-02-22)
Rich Egger's guests are Owen Muelder, who is Director of the Underground Railroad Freedom Center at Knox College, and Marketing and Outreach Librarian Jeffery Darensbourg of WIU's Malpass Library.


No Decision On Keokuk Parks Director Pay (2008-02-22)
After several weeks of debate, the Keokuk City Council is no closer to a decision as to the salary for the city's new parks director.


Keokuk To Enhance City Council Security (2008-02-22)
Security will be much tighter at future Keokuk City Council meetings.


Lee County Puts More Towards Economic Development (2008-02-21)
The Lee County Board of Supervisors has set aside $250,000 in the county's proposed 08/09 budget for economic development.


Mayor Optimistic About Keokuk's Future (2008-02-21)
Keokuk's mayor says after a year filled with excitement, anticipation, and concern, he is very optimistic about the future of his city.


Blagojevich Resurrects Old Ideas (2008-02-20)
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is turning to a series of old ideas to piece together a budget.


Keokuk Graduation Rate Increases (2008-02-20)
The Iowa Department of Education is scheduled to release the latest high school graduation figures later this week.


Parks Still Waiting for OSLAD Grant (2008-02-20)
A delay in issuing state grants might delay development of the Macomb Park District's 80-acre University Drive site.


Congressman Looks For Democracy In Cuba (2008-02-20)
One Southeast Iowa lawmaker believes Fidel Castro's decision to step down as President will lead to Democratic efforts in Cuba.
Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) says, if that takes place, Cuba and the United States could develop a more open relationship.


Lee County Budget Cuts/Hikes Taxes (2008-02-19)
The Lee County Board of Supervisors has approved the county's preliminary budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The spending plan should result in some residents paying less in property taxes.


Shop Talk (2008-02-19)
The panelists talk about the readers' comments sections found with on-line editions of newspapers and other media.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-19)


Taking Aim At The Vulnerable (2008-02-19)
The head of the Western Illinois Regional Council says President Bush's proposed budget will widen the gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots."


Residents Interested In House Seat (2008-02-18)
Democrats and Republicans are already showing an interest in replacing a retiring Southeast Iowa lawmaker.


Lawmaker Concerned About State Budget (2008-02-18)
State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) says he is "absolutely concerned" about what the next state budget will look like. He says Illinois faces a budget hole of $600-$800 million in the current fiscal year and the hole could be more than $1 billion for next fiscal year.


A Show of Support for NIU (2008-02-18)
The emotional impact of last week's shooting at Northern Illinois University is being felt at Western Illinois University as well.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-18)


WIU Shares In Grief With NIU (2008-02-16)
Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb says the WIU community sends its thoughts and condolences to the students, faculty and staff at Northern Illinois University where five people were killed by a lone gunman, who also killed himself.


Moving Forward With Trails Plan (2008-02-16)
The consultant for the Schuyler County Greenways and Trails Plan hopes to wrap up his report by April or May. Engineer Bill Kuhn says there's clearly community interest in having walking and biking trails.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-15)


Main Street Keokuk To Restore Building (2008-02-15)
An organization that promotes downtown revitalization in Keokuk wants to take a more active role in that effort.


Emphasis (2008-02-15)
Jason Parrott's guest is Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew. They talk about collaborative efforts between the police department and other law enforcement agencies in Lee County.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-14)


Strength of FM Fire Department Still In Question (2008-02-14)
City leaders have yet to decide whether the Fort Madison fire department will be at full strength come July 1.


Lee County To Hire Budget Director (2008-02-14)
Lee County is ready to hire a new budget director.


City & County Seek Technology Upgrades (2008-02-14)
Macomb and McDonough County are talking about sharing the cost of creating an Information Technology position. The duties could include website management, creating office networks, and improving phone systems.


Prints From The Bird Machine (2008-02-13)
The new exhibit at the WIU Art Gallery showcases colorful silkscreen posters that promote concerts by bands such as Low, the Melvins, and Human League. The posters also promote other events and acts such as Lewis Black.


Bouncing Back From Bad News (2008-02-13)
Carthage is formulating plans to help it heal from job cuts at the Methode plant. One idea is to focus on creating jobs in the healthcare industry.


Keokuk "Kid Zone" To Charge Fee (2008-02-13)
Next year, parents will have to pay for their children to attend the Keokuk School District's before- and after-school program.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-13)


Shop Talk (2008-02-12)
The panelists talk about media coverage of the Republican primary for Congress in Illinois' 18th district.


Keokuk Hiking Garbage Rates (2008-02-12)
Keokuk residents could pay more for garbage pick-up as soon as next month.


Lee County Budget Still Taking Shape (2008-02-12)
After weeks of crunching numbers, the Lee County Board of Supervisors still does not know whether next year's budget will include a lower property tax rate.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-12)


WIU Chooses New Spokesperson (2008-02-12)
Western Illinois University's new spokesperson brings a good deal of experience to the position. The school this week named Darcie Shinberger its new Director of University Relations.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-11)


Senator Says FM Prison Will Happen (2008-02-11)
One Southeast Iowa lawmaker says, despite some recent rumblings, a new maximum security prison WILL be built in Fort Madison.


Emphasis (2008-02-08)
Rich Egger's guest is WIU Political Science professor Keith Boeckelman. They talk about the "Super Tuesday" primaries and whether the nominating process should be changed.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-08)


Phil Wise To Retire (2008-02-08)
A veteran Southeast Iowa lawmaker is ready to call it a career after more than two decades in Des Moines.


Keokuk City Administrator Stepping Down (2008-02-07)
Keokuk's first city administrator is stepping down after less than three months on the job.


Big Ag Project Reaps First Approval (2008-02-07)
The Macomb/McDonough County Enterprise Zone Board agreed to expand the zone to the site of a proposed grain shuttle. But developers did not get everything they wanted.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-07)


Soybean Prices Impacting Biodiesel Plant (2008-02-06)
Rising crop prices have a Keokuk-based biodiesel plant considering a new source for its fuel.


Illinois Primary Results (2008-02-06)
Voters headed to the polls across the state to choose candidates in a variety of contests. Barack Obama won Illinois' Democratic primary for president, while John McCain won the Republican primary in Illinois.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-06)


Sexual Assault Awareness Speaker Coming To Lee County (2008-02-05)
A nationally-recognized speaker on dating, communication, and sexual assault awareness will be bringing his message to Lee County in April.


Lee County Not Ready To Require Burn Notice (2008-02-05)
A plan that would have required the sheriff's department be notified of controlled burns in rural Lee County appears to have flickered out.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-05)


Shop Talk (2008-02-05)
The panelists talk about the dangers faced by journalists who are covering the War in Iraq.


Flash-Fire at Keokuk Biodiesel Plant (2008-02-04)
An apparent flash-fire at a biodiesel plant in downtown Keokuk, this morning, resulted in no injuries and very little damage.


Northwest Quadrant Rezone Garners Resistance (2008-02-04)
Not everyone is happy about a new R-3 zone in Macomb's Northwest Quadrant.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-04)


Principal & Her Family Killed in Car Crash (2008-02-04)
The principal of Hamilton Elementary School and her family were killed in a car crash over the weekend. Illinois State Police say the cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Keokuk To Get Less Time For Sewer Work (2008-02-04)
It looks like Keokuk will not have as much time as the city had hoped for to complete a massive sewer project.


In The Tri States (2008-02-04)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from January 2008.


Election-Warsaw/Nauvoo Colusa Deactivation (2008-02-01)
Warsaw voters will decide, next week, whether to close their junior high school and send those seventh and eighth grade students to Nauvoo-Colusa.
Warsaw's superintendent says the move would allow her district to improve the education it provides students.


Emphasis (2008-02-01)
This week's program is an audio tour of the Western Illinois Museum's new exhibit Uniforms, Soldiers and Allies: The Western Illinois Experience During World War II. It will remain on display through April.


Afternoon Edition (2008-02-01)


Fort Madison Depot Back On Track (2008-02-01)
City leaders hope a plan to move passenger rail service to Fort Madison's riverfront is back-on-track.


School Task Force Splitting (2008-01-31)
The committee formed in response to Keokuk High School's worst in the state graduation rate is broadening the scope of its work.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-31)


District Offers Smaller Pay Hike (2008-01-31)
The Keokuk School District is not offering its teachers the type of pay hike their union is looking for.


State Wants More 'Women Out Walking" (2008-01-31)
A state grant will help promote a McDonough county fitness program for women.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-30)


Questions Surround Lee County Voting Machines (2008-01-30)
Lee County's Auditor says she is taking a wait-and-see approach as to the future of the county's relatively brand-new voting machines.


Fort Madison Fire Department Facing Cuts (2008-01-30)
City leaders are still looking for ways to lessen the impact of some proposed cuts to the Fort Madison fire department's budget for next year.


Rental Inspection Fees Could Increase (2008-01-29)
Macomb is prepared to change the fees charged for rental inspections.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-29)


Keokuk Residents To Learn More About Goals (2008-01-29)
The Keokuk School District wants to make sure the entire community knows its goals for improving educational opportunities.


Shop Talk (2008-01-29)
The panelists talk to Tri States Public Radio's Morning Edition host Don Johnson, who retires January 31.


Mayor Fears Earmarks Designation (2008-01-29)
A proposed crackdown on earmarks in the State of the Union address has Beardstown's mayor uneasy.


Substantial Growth Proposed in Keokuk's Budget (2008-01-28)
Keokuk's spending plan for next year could include hiring new employees, adding equipment and vehicles, and increasing salaries.


Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund (2008-01-28)
The Illinois Treasurer's office is looking for the children of fallen service members from Iraq and Afghanistan. That's because the office has started the Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund to benefit those children.


Election Preview - Hamilton (2008-01-28)
Hamilton residents will have to decide, next week, whether city leaders have found the best location for a future community center.


Church President Had Strong Illinois Ties (2008-01-28)
Latter Day Saints President Gordon Hinckley was a frequent visitor to the western Illinois region.


Hancock EMS Gets Coordinator (2008-01-28)
The Hancock County ambulance services have a new coordinator.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-28)


Emphasis (2008-01-25)
Rich Egger's guest is Nancy Leigh Harless of Wever. She is author of "Womankind - Connection & Wisdom Around The World."


Hamilton Expected To Opt Out Of Internet Service (2008-01-25)
Another extended internet outage has led the Hamilton City Council to consider finding another service provider.


Assistance Coming for Methode Workers (2008-01-25)
The Illinois Workforce Investment Board is preparing programs to help Methode employees scheduled to lose their jobs over the coming year.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-25)


Port Plan To Take Shape (2008-01-24)
The Southeast Iowa Regional Economic & Port Authority could have a master plan in place in about a year.


Massive Layoffs by Methode (2008-01-24)
Methode Electronics will cut hundreds of jobs in western Illinois in what the company calls a "restructuring." The plant in Golden will close within the next six months and the size of the workforce in Carthage will be severely reduced during the next year.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-24)


Port Plan To Take Shape (2008-01-24)
The Southeast Iowa Regional Economic & Port Authority could have a master plan in place in about a year.


Port Plan To Take Shape (2008-01-24)
The Southeast Iowa Regional Economic & Port Authority could have a master plan in place in about a year.


Port Plan To Take Shape (2008-01-24)
The Southeast Iowa Regional Economic & Port Authority could have a master plan in place in about a year.


Keokuk Teachers Want A Raise (2008-01-24)
Keokuk's teachers are looking for a pay increase for the 2008/2009 school year.


Port Plan To Take Shape (2008-01-24)
The Southeast Iowa Regional Economic & Port Authority could have a master plan in place in about a year.


Port Plan To Take Shape (2008-01-24)
The Southeast Iowa Regional Economic & Port Authority could have a master plan in place in about a year.


Port Plan To Take Shape (2008-01-24)
The Southeast Iowa Regional Economic & Port Authority could have a master plan in place in about a year.


Macomb Bar To Change Hands (2008-01-24)
A Macomb bar will soon undergo some major changes.


Port Plan To Take Shape (2008-01-24)
The Southeast Iowa Regional Economic & Port Authority could have a master plan in place in about a year.


Lee County Could Soon Hire Budget Director (2008-01-23)
Lee County has been working without a Budget Director for nearly three months.
It could be a few more months before that position is filled.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-23)


Filing Deadline Passes in Northeast Missouri (2008-01-23)
Canton, MO residents will soon weigh in on the future of their City Hall.


Alabama Workers Picket Macomb Plant (2008-01-23)
Striking NTN Corporation workers from the plant in Alabama are picketing the Macomb factory and corporate headquarters.


TIF Revenue will be Shared with Schools (2008-01-23)
Carthage aldermen approved an ordinance that will share TIF District revenue with the two schools in town.


The Winner: The Boys (2008-01-22)
A black and white portrait of two young boys won the grand prize in WIU's 18th Triennial The Photograph As An Art Object exhibit. The piece is by Patti Sullivan Howd of Macomb.


Courthouse to be Prepped for Centennial (2008-01-22)
Hancock County's third courthouse is being readied for its centennial celebration this fall.


Shop Talk (2008-01-22)
The panelists take a look at the financial challenges facing WTVP, which is the public television station in Peoria.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-22)


Macomb To Start Water Main Replacement (2008-01-22)
Macomb will soon try to start the Northeast Water Main Project.


24th Annual Keokuk Bald Eagle Appreciation Days (2008-01-21)
A number of supporting characters make Keokuk's Bald Eagle Appreciation Days an annual success.


Peace, Hope and Love (2008-01-21)
More than 50 people braved bitter wind chills to march through Macomb in a celebration of the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.


Emphasis (2008-01-21)
Jason Parrott's guest is Alderman At-Large Bill Olmsted of Keokuk. Olmsted will resign from the city council this spring to move overseas, where he will serve as a pastor in the Irish Methodist Church.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-21)


SE Iowa Hospitals Want Equal Reimbursement (2008-01-20)
A pair of Southeast Iowa hospitals are still waiting for Congress to address a federal reimbursement issue that is impacting service


Zoning Districts Being Finalized (2008-01-18)
The Carthage Industrial Development Corporation has almost finished proposed zoning for newly-annexed land on the east side of town.


City Addresses Closed-Door Meeting (2008-01-18)
City leaders in Keokuk are trying to clear up some questions and concerns about a closed door meeting held Thursday evening by releasing information from the session.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-18)


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-17)


County to Research Public Safety Tax (2008-01-17)
A special Warren County Committee is considering a new tax to help the county budget.


Radar Upgrade Yet to be Funded (2008-01-16)
McDonough County's ESDA office is waiting for funding before it can upgrade the weather radar.


Keokuk School Board To Tour The District (2008-01-16)
The Keokuk School Board will once again hold meetings throughout the city.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-16)


Caucus Night Means Work For Auditor's Office (2008-01-16)
The Hawkeye State was the center of the political world on January 3. The Lee County Auditor's office is feeling the impact of the Iowa Caucuses.


Schools Plan to Profit from Wind (2008-01-15)
A group of western Illinois schools believes it has a chance to establish a wind farm .


Shop Talk (2008-01-15)
The panelists talk about mistakes made in the rush to be the first with the story. Recent examples from the world of sports are cited.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-15)


Price Set For Former Keokuk School (2008-01-15)
The Keokuk School District is ready to sell a recently-closed school building.


Pay Hikes Likely For Lee County Leaders (2008-01-15)
Lee County's elected leaders could be in line for a pay increase.


All Committees Get Crack at Comprehensive Plan (2008-01-14)
The idea of a comprehensive plan for McDonough County is being taken to all of the county board's committees.


The Photograph As An Art Object (2008-01-14)
The winning pieces from a photography competition are now on display at the WIU Art Gallery. The exhibit is called The Photograph As An Art Object.


Plan will Focus Development (2008-01-14)
Nauvoo's mayor believes a comprehensive plan being written for the city will guide efficient development.


Bins to be Recycled (2008-01-14)
The current Macomb recycling bins are not headed for the landfill.


Northeast Missouri School Could Close (2008-01-14)
Residents of one Clark County community can weigh in on the future of their school district at a public hearing set for Wednesday.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-14)


Burlington Public Library Use Jumps (2008-01-14)
More and more people are using Burlington's new public library.


Emphasis (2008-01-11)
Rich Egger's guest is State Representative Rich Myers (R-Colchester). They review what happened in the Illinois legislature during the past year and look ahead to the next session.


Keokuk To Boost Garbage Rates (2008-01-11)
Keokuk will boost its garbage rates so the city can revamp its trash collection system.


Rushville Needs More Revenue: Mayor (2008-01-11)
The city is facing about a $110,000 gap in next year's budget.


Keokuk Waiting For Bridge Money (2008-01-11)
The railroad bridge that spans the Mississippi River, between Hamilton and Keokuk, was closed for months following a train derailment last January.
Keokuk is still waiting to be reimbursed for the subsequent repairs.


Early Voting in Illinois (2008-01-11)
The Illinois primary will be the biggest test yet of the state's early voting system, which was implemented within the last couple years. Early ballots can be cast from January 14-31.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-11)


Taking A Stand Against Rezoning (2008-01-10)
A Macomb landlord wants to rezone a two-family home to allow for three apartments, but neighborhood residents are speaking out against the idea.


Nauvoo's Local Ambulance Service Running (2008-01-10)
The Nauvoo Fire Department's new ambulance service is up and running.


Tower Plant Still On Track In Keokuk (2008-01-10)
Plans to build a wind-turbine tower manufacturing plant in Keokuk appear to be moving forward


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-10)


Frustrating 2007... Education Focus of 2008 (2008-01-09)
Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) says some key pieces of legislation were approved in 2007, including an increase of the federal minimum wage.
But when he looks back at 2007... he gets frustrated.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-09)


Consolidating Lee County Government Resurfaces (2008-01-09)
One Lee County Supervisor wants to resurrect the issue of county government consolidation.


Clerk Wants Investigation of Voting Machine Maker (2008-01-09)
The Hancock County Clerk wants the Department of Justice to investigate the operations of the firm that makes his voting machines.


Last-Ditch Effort to Cleanse Water Well (2008-01-08)
Crews in Rushville are making a last concerted effort to eliminate bacteria from the town's new water well.


Shop Talk (2008-01-08)
The panelists talk about coverage of some big stories from the past couple weeks. The period around Christmas and New Year's is usually slow in the news business, but that was not the case this year.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-08)


Lee County Fires Budget Director (2008-01-08)
The Board of Supervisors will start working, next week, on Lee County's spending plan for the next fiscal year.
The panel will do so, though, without the county's budget director.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-07)


Second Try for "Detox" (2008-01-07)
A businessman is renewing his attempt to create what he calls an "ultra lounge" in Macomb.


Need for Senior Housing Seen (2008-01-07)
Surveys are showing that housing for seniors seems to be Rushville's greatest unmet need.


Keokuk's Revolving Loan Fund Gaining Interest (2008-01-07)
The first loan from Keokuk's Revolving Loan Fund could be just the tip of the iceberg.


Visioning Helps Main Street Application (2008-01-07)
Beardstown residents are counting on historic tie-ins along with the Illinois River frontage to help their Illinois Main Street application.


In The Tri States (2008-01-06)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from December 2007.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-04)


Emphasis (2008-01-04)
Jason Parrott's guest is State Representative Phil Wise (D-Keokuk). They preview the Iowa legislature's 2008 session.


Development Project Falls Through (2008-01-04)
A large-scale retail and commercial development project in Burlington appears to have fallen through.


Road Maintenance Costs Outpacing Revenue (2008-01-04)
McDonough County's board chairman will look into a referendum to hike the county's road tax.


Big Crowds for Keokuk Caucuses (2008-01-04)
The earliest presidential caucuses in US history are on the books. People caucused in every corner of Iowa, including the southeast part of the state, where even small towns saw large turnouts.


Production from Small Acreages (2008-01-03)
More large homesites might be turning into small farms.


Republicans Role In Iowa Caucuses (2008-01-03)
Iowa voters have the first say in who will be the next President of the United States of America


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-03)


Possible New Liquor License Category (2008-01-03)
Aldermen in Rushville are working out the wording of a possible Special Events Liquor License.


Afternoon Edition (2008-01-02)


Lee County Picks New Chairman (2008-01-02)
The Lee County Board of Supervisors went against recent history in selecting its chairman for 2008.


Counties Should Prepare for Wind Farms (2008-01-02)
Western Illinois counties need to prepare ordinances before wind farms become established in their territory.


Democrats Role In Iowa Caucuses (2008-01-01)
The Iowa Caucus offers the first test for the large field competing to be the next President of the United States.


Democrats Role In Iowa Caucuses (2008-01-01)
The Iowa Caucus offers the first test for the large field competing to be the next President of the United States.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-31)


Can Write-In's Win? (2007-12-28)
Write-in candidates had a very successful November in Southeast Iowa.


Emphasis (2007-12-27)
Rich Egger's guest is Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead. They review 2007 and look ahead to what might happen in the city during the next year.


School District Automates Notification (2007-12-27)
The Schuyler-Industry school district is moving toward a web-based method of notifying students, teachers and parents about special notices.


Keokuk Exploring Housing Options (2007-12-26)
Keokuk is still working on a comprehensive strategy for housing developments on the city's north side.


Elementary District Jumps Tax Levy (2007-12-25)
The Carthage elementary school district will ask for about an 11 percent increase in its tax levy for the coming year.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-24)


Wisconsin Businessman With Links To Keokuk Dies (2007-12-21)
The man who announced plans to build a wind-turbine-tower manufacturing plant in Keokuk died Friday morning.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-21)


WIU Adds Degree for Museum Staff (2007-12-21)
Western Illinois is adding two new degrees to its offerings.


Emphasis (2007-12-20)
Jason Parrott's guest is Keokuk Mayor Dave Gudgel. They review the past year's big stories in Keokuk and look ahead to what the city might expect in 2008.


Helping Santa Find Every Home (2007-12-20)
Poverty is a problem, even in America's heartland. Many parents face the cold harsh reality that Santa won't find their home - that there will be no toys for their little girls and boys. But there are some people working to make sure Santa finds those children.


Beleagured Ethanol Plant Could Still Work Out (2007-12-20)
Price trends in the ethanol market could allow the beleaguered plant near Canton to become profitable.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-20)


Low Bond Set For Yocum (2007-12-19)
A McDonough County woman will not spend time in the county jail while she awaits trial on charges related to her young daughter's death.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-19)


Fort Madison Schools Could Look For Public Input (2007-12-19)
Residents could soon be asked to weigh in on the direction of and goals for the Fort Madison School District.


City's Leadership Team Now In Place (2007-12-18)
Macomb aldermen unanimously agreed with Mayor Mick Wisslead's decision to appoint Dean Torreson to serve as city administrator.


Shop Talk (2007-12-18)
The panelists talk about the Museum of Broadcast Communications' list of the 125 most unforgettable political moments in broadcast history.


Lack Of Communication Prompts Firing In Lee County (2007-12-18)
An apparent lack of communication has led the Lee County Board of Supervisors to fire a probationary employee in the maintenance department.


Cass Agencies Hope for Pilot Conservation Project (2007-12-18)
Several Cass County groups are joining to try out a different approach to soil conservation.


Murder Indictment in Yocum Case (2007-12-18)
McDonough County States Attorney James Hoyle announced that a grand jury returned a murder indictment in the death of a five-year old girl.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-18)


Keokuk Could Borrow Another Million For Streets (2007-12-18)
Keokuk has spent more than $2,000,000 on street repairs over the last two years.
The city is considering borrowing another $1,000,000 for its multi-year, multi-million dollar street repair program.


Clinton Stumps In Donnellson (2007-12-18)
Every time the Democratic Presidential Candidates visit Southeast Iowa, they talk about a need for a change in Washington, particularly in the White House.
One of the front-runners says working for positive change is her life.


Town to Apply for Housing Rehabilitation Help (2007-12-17)
Rushville's mayor wants to investigate a program that would help bring some of the town's low- and moderate-income housing up to code.


Fort Madison Schools Could Add A Building (2007-12-17)
A new building could be the answer to a significant fire and safety issue at Fort Madison Middle School.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-17)


Songs For Children, Songs For A Degree (2007-12-15)
Nearly 600 WIU students graduated in mid-December. Many were required to complete final exams and term papers before earning their degrees, but Denise Droege also had to do something else - she had to perform in front of a large audience.


EPA Adds Delay to Water Notification Times (2007-12-14)
A decision by the Illinois EPA to put the Macomb water system under a boil order took a little more than one full day. That came after the system violated parameters three days before.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-14)


Biden Campaigns In Lee County (2007-12-14)
One of the Democratic Presidential candidates says the 2008 election provides the U.S. with its greatest opportunity to reshape the world.


Emphasis (2007-12-13)
Alex Heuer's guest is retiring WIU History Department Chair Larry Balsamo. They talk about Balsamo's 40-year career at Western and why he became interested in history.


Board Approves Hiring Administrator (2007-12-13)
The Fulton County Board has approved negotiating a contract with the man it hopes will be its first county administrator.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-13)


Keokuk Debates Public Works Post (2007-12-13)
The full Keokuk City Council got its first look at a plan to restructure the city's current chain of command.
One position seemed to generate the most questions and concerns.


Ireland Wants Politicians To Remain On Panel (2007-12-13)
The Southeast Iowa Regional Economic and Port Authority's board of directors faces a major shake-up in roughly five months.
One member wants to delay that until some strategic planning is finished


Internet Provider Acquired by Rural Phone Co-Op (2007-12-12)
Beginning January 1, Infobahn Outfitters will be a wholly owned subsidiary of McDonough Telephone Cooperative.


Canton Ethanol Plant Gets New Leadership (2007-12-12)
The Central Illinois Energy ethanol plant near Canton is under new management.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-12)


Iowa Counties Want Bicycle Exemption (2007-12-12)
A growing number of counties want the Iowa Legislature to exempt them from lawsuits involving bicyclists riding on county roads.


Fire Department Readies First Responder Crew (2007-12-12)
The Augusta Fire Department hopes to have a first responder medical team operating early next year.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-11)


Shop Talk (2007-12-11)
The panelists discuss a vote by a US Senate panel to allow all public US Supreme Court proceedings to be televised. Supporters say the public would benefit from seeing the court at work. Opponents say the plan could create a circus atmosphere in the nation's highest court.


Southeast Iowa Avoiding Massive Power Outages (2007-12-11)
Southeast Iowa has avoided the massive power outages being felt throughout the state.


McDonough Comprehensive Plan Proposed (2007-12-11)
The Western Illinois Regional Council is suggesting that McDonough County prepare a comprehensive plan.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-10)


Monday School Cancellations (2007-12-10)
Some western Illinois schools are canceling classes because of the icy conditions.


KidZone Fees Could Be Needed (2007-12-10)
The Keokuk School District could start charging parents a fee to have their children attend KidZone, its popular before-and-after school program.


Hancock County to Build on Bus Program (2007-12-10)
Hancock County plans to build on an existing bus system to come up with a countywide transit program.


Big Check for Culbertson (2007-12-10)
Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville is one step closer to purchasing high-speed technology designed to improve patient care. The hospital on December 10 received the check from the federal government for a $240,232 grant.


Salvation Army of Keokuk Needs Bell-Ringers (2007-12-10)
The Salvation Army of Keokuk is in desperate need of bell-ringers for its Christmas Red Kettle campaign.


Hospital Gets Okay for New Building (2007-12-10)
The state has given the okay for Carthage Memorial Hospital to construct a new facility.


Keokuk Hikes Fees, Permit Costs (2007-12-07)
Keokuk is creating some new service fees, boosting others, and hiking the cost of certain building permits in an effort to bring in more revenue.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-07)


TRRC to Help Handicapped Stay at Home (2007-12-07)
A new state program will make alterations that should allow handicapped people to remain in their homes.


Study Planned For Northeast Missouri (2007-12-07)
A federal grant will allow the University of Missouri to study several counties in the northeast corner of the state.


New Second-In-Command at WIU (2007-12-06)
Western Illinois University's nearly year-long search for a provost ended with the hiring of Jack Thomas. He will begin work early next year.


New Second-In-Command at WIU (2007-12-06)
Western Illinois University's nearly year-long search for a provost ended with the hiring of Jack Thomas. He will begin work early next year.


New Name, Same Mission (2007-12-06)
The Henderson County Rural Health Center hopes to expand its service area, and as a result is changing its name. The not-for-profit agency will now be known as Eagle View Community Health System.


Rushville Well to be Dismantled (2007-12-06)
Rushville's new water well will be dismantled in an effort to find the source of bacterial contamination.


Emphasis (2007-12-06)
Rich Egger's guest is Wendy Walton, who is Director of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Resource Center at WIU. They talk about the center and the addictions for which students seek treatment.


New Second-In-Command at WIU (2007-12-06)
Western Illinois University's nearly year-long search for a provost ended with the hiring of Jack Thomas. He will begin work early next year.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-06)


Detachment Back to Square One (2007-12-05)
The Schuyler-Industry school superintendent is hopeful he can halt a possible detachment of some of his district's territory to Macomb .


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-05)


Keokuk Could Hike Permit Costs; Restructure Departments (2007-12-05)
Increasing the cost of some building permits and implementing new service fees could bring more money into Keokuk's coffers.


County's Landfill Income Dropping (2007-12-04)
McDonough County might have to seek outside help to keep its electronics and paint recycling center operating.


Student Arrested for On-Line Threats (2007-12-04)
A 16-year old girl is charged with two counts of attempted aggravated battery for allegedly making on-line threats against specific students and staff members at Macomb Junior-Senior High School.


Shop Talk (2007-12-04)
The panelists share their thoughts on USA Today, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. When USA Today debuted, few pundits expected it to last, but it's now the nation's highest circulation newspaper and it turns a profit for parent company Gannett.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-04)


County Mum on Indictment (2007-12-04)
McDonough County Authorities are saying little about the federal indictment of a former ESDA director.


In The Tri States (2007-12-03)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from November 2007.


Public Gets First Draft of Plan (2007-12-03)
The first draft of a comprehensive plan for Nauvoo is being discussed after a public presentation.


Hamilton To Renovate High School Science Wing (2007-12-03)
The Hamilton School District is ready to modernize its high school science wing.


Edwards Makes Pitch To Fort Madison (2007-12-03)
Democratic Presidential hopeful John Edwards says voters need to choose a president that will bring honesty and integrity to the White House.


Schools Explore Wind Farm Possibilities (2007-12-03)
Several western Illinois school districts hope to learn next month whether it's feasible for them to form a wind farm consortium.


Keokuk To Get New Jobs (2007-12-03)
Keokuk continues to receive more good news when it comes to new jobs.


Afternoon Edition (2007-12-03)


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-30)


Dispatch Center Seeks Equipment Upgrade (2007-11-30)
The McDonough County Dispatch Center is seeking an upgrade of the equipment used to handle incoming 911 calls.


Sneak Peek At Fort Madison's New Public Library (2007-11-30)
Fort Madison's new public library will officially open its doors this Monday.
Residents got a sneak peek last night.


Warsaw "Opens" Resurfaced Road (2007-11-30)
A highway-repair project in Hancock County, several decades in the making, is "officially" ready for traffic.


County Adopts Slim, Balanced Budget (2007-11-29)
McDonough County adopted a budget of just over $16 million dollars for the fiscal year that begins Saturday.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-29)


Emphasis (2007-11-29)
Jason Parrott's guest is Tom Buckley, who is Executive Director of the Lee County Conservation Board. They talk about the board's annual report and its five-year plan.


First-Ever Lieutenant for Sheriff's Office (2007-11-29)
A McDonough County sheriff's deputy will serve as the first lieutenant in the department's long history. The promotion for Justin Lundgren takes effect December 1.


Central Lee Losing Students (2007-11-28)
The Central Lee School District is already preparing for another tight budget.


Fort Madison Offers Annexation Incentive (2007-11-28)
Fort Madison hopes a new property tax incentive will expand the city's borders.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-28)


County Needs Auditor Quickly (2007-11-28)
McDonough County will have to find a new auditing firm quickly.


Highway 61 Interchange Could Become Reality (2007-11-27)
A fourth interchange could be added to the proposed Highway 61 Bypass around Fort Madison.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-27)


Courthouse to Get First Marker (2007-11-27)
The Courthouse will get the first Hancock County wayside parker as part of the Illinois "Looking for Lincoln" program.


Shelter to Benefit from Grant (2007-11-27)
The Hancock County Dog Pound will be winterized with proceeds from a grant.


Shop Talk (2007-11-27)
The panelists discuss a dispute between some members of the media and the Illinois High School Association. The IHSA says it holds the rights to images - such as photos - that are taken at events such as the state football championship games.


Site Applies for Lincoln Grant (2007-11-26)
Warsaw's Historical Society is applying for a grant to fix up a building associated with Abraham Lincoln's private secretary.


What's In A Name? (2007-11-26)
Women's athletic teams at Western Illinois University have been known as the Westerwinds for the past 30 years. Now the university is talking about naming all teams the Leathernecks, which is the nickname currently used by men's teams. The proposal has plenty of supporters and opponents.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-26)


Deactivation Vote Approved for February (2007-11-26)
Voters will soon decide if two Hancock County school districts should reorganize.


County Approves Reduction in Appropriations (2007-11-26)
The Hancock County has approved an appropriations ordinance that's down slightly from last year.


GRRWA Looks To Save For Future Expansion (2007-11-26)
The Great River Regional Waste Authority borrowed roughly $4,000,000 for its current landfill expansion.
The organization now hopes to avoid that type of debt the next time around.


Fort Madison Library To Open (2007-11-26)
Fort Madison residents will get a sneak peak at the city's new public library this week.


Liquor Proposed for Golf Course (2007-11-26)
Rushville aldermen are debating whether to issue a liquor license to the city's Scripps Park golf course.


Keokuk Public Library Receives Accreditation (2007-11-24)
The Keokuk Public Library is once again in line for some state funding.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-22)


Hamilton Could Need New Legal Counsel (2007-11-22)
A request to close a township road could lead to Hamilton hiring new legal counsel.


Donnellson Public Library Looking To Grow (2007-11-21)
One library in Lee County wants to know its options for future growth and expansion.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-21)


Fort Madison Working To Secure Water Plant Land (2007-11-21)
Fort Madison will use eminent domain to secure the land for its new water plant.


New Well Not Producing to Specifications (2007-11-21)
Rushville's mayor is becoming exasperated with efforts to get the town's new well in operation.


Committee Drops Administrator Plan (2007-11-20)
McDonough County is dropping the idea of hiring a county administrator.


Board Adopts Increased Levy (2007-11-20)
The West Prairie school board has approved a $3.1 million tax levy for the coming year.


Shop Talk (2007-11-20)
The panelists discuss the use of anonymous e-mails to smear political campaigns. Some of these e-mails continue to circulate long after reporters have proven them untrue.


SEIREPA Vacancy Could Last A While (2007-11-20)
It could be a while before a vacancy on the Southeast Iowa Regional Economic and Port Authority is filled.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-20)


City Administrator Search Nearing Conclusion (2007-11-19)
The city administrator's office at Macomb City Hall has been empty since mid-April. But it appears the search for someone new is almost over.


$9.7 Million Levy Request for MSD (2007-11-19)
The Macomb School District is seeking a tax levy of $9,788,000. That's an increase of 4.99% from what it received for this fiscal year.


Car-Deer Crashes Plotted (2007-11-19)
Schuyler County's Highway Department is using Western's GIS Center to plot car-deer crashes.


Brown County Schools Waiting for Property Tax Funds (2007-11-19)
Brown County's school district is hoping residents pay their property tax bills promptly this year.


Crackdown on Dilapidated Housing (2007-11-19)
Macomb plans to crack down on dilapidated housing during the coming year.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-19)


Hotel Could Boost Convention Business (2007-11-16)
Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead is looking forward to the meeting room that will be part of a new hotel in town.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-16)


Main Cafe Coming Down In Keokuk (2007-11-16)
Demolition work is now underway on the Main Cafe in downtown Keokuk.


City Counters Police Union Contract (2007-11-16)
Keokuk is offering members of the police department's bargaining unit much less than what the union is asking for.


Main Cafe Coming Down In Keokuk (2007-11-16)
Demolition work is now underway on the Main Cafe in downtown Keokuk.


Macomb's Challenges - Part I (2007-11-15)
Macomb, like any city, faces a number of challenges. Tri States Public Radio examined some of Macomb's biggest challenges during a four-part series that aired in mid-November.


Emphasis (2007-11-15)
As part of International Education Week, Rich Egger talks to four of WIU's international students about their experiences.


Code Violations At Fort Madison Middle School (2007-11-15)
The Fort Madison School District must address several fire and safety issues at its middle school.


Incentives Approved For Tower Plant (2007-11-15)
Keokuk has approved a huge incentive package for the Wisconsin-based businessman looking to build a port terminal and wind-turbine tower manufacturing plant.


Macomb's Challenges - Part IV (2007-11-15)
It's no surprise that many of the proposed solutions to the challenges facing Macomb will cost money - in some cases, a lot of money. While the comprehensive plan focuses quite a bit on grants and loans, Macomb might be wise to look at another town in the region for a different course of action.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-15)


Macomb's Challenges - Part III (2007-11-15)
West Jackson Street in Macomb was once a hub of commercial activity, but over the years there's been a steady loss of business along the corridor. The city's new comprehensive plan offers some ideas for revitalizing the main thoroughfare on the city's west side.


Council Wants to Limit Property Taxes (2007-11-15)
Nauvoo aldermen are trying to find a new tax so they can limit tax impact on the town's permanent residents.


Macomb's Challenges - Part II (2007-11-15)
From uneven sidewalks to pothole-riddled roads, Macomb's aging infrastructure needs improvement. Some areas might present dangers to drivers and pedestrians, and those problems are magnified for the disabled.


Roquette Sues Two Terminal Groups (2007-11-14)
Roquette America says it should be able to purchase the future home of a port terminal along Keokuk's riverfront.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-14)


Junkins Resigns From Port Authority (2007-11-14)
The first-ever Chairman of the Southeast Iowa Regional Economic and Port Authority stepped down... just minutes into this morning's meeting.


Carthage to Tighten Mobile Home Regulations (2007-11-14)
Carthage aldermen want to revise their mobile home ordinances.


Multi-Million Dollar Pool Recommended (2007-11-14)
Macomb taxpayers might feel the burden of another project: a new multi-million dollar aquatic facility.


Election Results - Lee County (2007-11-13)
More results from last week's municipal elections in Lee County have been finalized.


Schuyler County Moves to Revise Tentative Budget (2007-11-13)
Some unexpected expenses will delay the adoption of the Schuyler County budget.


Lee County Looks To Improve Security (2007-11-13)
Lee County is looking into increasing security at several county buildings.


Shop Talk (2007-11-13)
The panelists talk about an FCC proposal to lift limits on cross-ownership of media organizations.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-13)


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-12)


Variety of Works on Display in New Exhibit (2007-11-12)
A new exhibit in Macomb shows off the works of three local artists. They are Patti Hutinger, Jim O'Toole and Pat Hobbs.


Better Records Help Develop Wind Power (2007-11-12)
A geographer who works with wind power says Illinois has potential, but could use more recorded data showing where the winds blow and how strongly.


Keokuk Could Repair Traffic Signals (2007-11-11)
After a number of discussions about taking them down... Keokuk is now looking to repair some of the traffic signals in its downtown district.


Mayor Happy with Water Resources Override (2007-11-09)
Beardstown's mayor is glad Congress has overridden the President's veto of a Water Resources Development Act.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-09)


County Budget Lean But In the Black (2007-11-08)
McDonough County's budget for the coming fiscal year shows about a two percent growth in the general fund.


Emphasis (2007-11-08)
Rich Egger talks to WIU Assistant Vice President for University Relations John Maguire, who is retiring after more than 30 years at Western. They talk about Maguire's time as a reporter, his career at WIU, and his plans for the future.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-08)


Dodd, Obama Campaign in Burlington (2007-11-07)
A pair of Democratic Presidential candidates made nearly simultaneous campaign stops in Burlington yesterday.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-07)


Council Turns Down Additional Funding (2007-11-07)
Bushnell aldermen decided not to contribute an extra $50,000 toward an assisted living center that's under construction.


Election Results - Des Moines, Lee, Van Buren Counties (2007-11-06)
The results are in for city elections throughout Southeast Iowa.


Shop Talk (2007-11-06)
The panelists talk about bloggers and blogger bashes.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-06)


And The Winner Is... (2007-11-06)
The Iowa caucuses are still two months away, and the presidential election won't take place for another year. But students at Western Illinois already cast ballots. They did so in a large mock election titled The Road to the White House Begins at Western Illinois University.


New Home Tax Exemptions Coming (2007-11-06)
A new Illinois law will expand tax breaks offered to many homeowners.


Bushnell to Hike Water Rates (2007-11-06)
Bushnell residents face a water rate increase to pay for some mains replacement.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-05)


Keokuk Could Officially Hire Administrator Next Week (2007-11-05)
It will be another week before Keokuk officially has a city administrator.


Election Preview - Keokuk Mayor (2007-11-05)
Keokuk residents have just one race to decide during tomorrow's city election.
Three men want to be the city's next mayor.
As part of Tri-States Public Radio's election coverage, Jason Parrott has more on a political rematch.


Mayor Seeks Stronger Immigration Enforcement (2007-11-05)
Beardstown's mayor plans a meeting with representatives from federal agencies to call for stricter immigration laws.


Wehrly Remembered at Opening for Guard Facility (2007-11-04)
Illinois National Guard units in the western part of the state honored a fallen comrade while dedicating their new home.


In The Tri States (2007-11-04)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from October 2007.


Election Preview - Montrose Mayor (2007-11-02)
Tuesday's municipal elections will feature a handful of contested races in Lee County.
Three will determine who serves as mayor in the county's largest communities.
As part of Tri-States Public Radio's election coverage, Jason Parrott has more on the race in Montrose, which features two men who want to keep the city moving forward.


Fair Exhibits Will Need Documentation (2007-11-02)
In next year's livestock shows, all animals will need to have the farm they came from registered with the government.


Fair Exhibits Will Need Documentation (2007-11-02)
In next year's livestock shows, all animals will need to have the farm they came from registered with the government.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-02)


Fair Exhibits Will Need Documentation (2007-11-02)
In next year's livestock shows, all animals will need to have the farm they came from registered with the government.


Fair Exhibits Will Need Documentation (2007-11-02)
In next year's livestock shows, all animals will need to have the farm they came from registered with the government.


Hancock County Picks Transportation Focus (2007-11-01)
Hancock County transportation planners decided a bus service is not their biggest need.


Emphasis (2007-11-01)
This week's program highlights some of the speeches made during this week's news conference in Macomb in which local and state leaders called for the legislature to approve a capital projects funding bill.


Hancock County Picks Transportation Focus (2007-11-01)
Hancock County transportation planners decided a bus service is not their biggest need.


Election Preview - Fort Madison Mayor (2007-11-01)
Tuesday's municipal elections will feature a handful of contested races in Lee County.
Three will determine who serves as mayor in the county's largest communities.
As part of Tri-States Public Radio's election coverage, Jason Parrott has more on the race in Fort Madison, which pits a political veteran against a newcomer to city government.


Afternoon Edition (2007-11-01)


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-31)


Board to Hold Bond Hearing (2007-10-31)
The Hancock County Board has agreed to hold a hearing that could provide bonds for Carthage Memorial Hospital.


Keokuk Police Officers Want Pay Hike (2007-10-31)
The contract between Keokuk and the bargaining unit representing the city's police department expires in eight months.


Senator Gene Fraise Seeks Another Term (2007-10-30)
A veteran state lawmaker wants to continue to represent Southeast Iowa for four more years.


Shop Talk (2007-10-30)
The panelists discuss a recent news conference staged by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It appeared to be a real news conference with real reporters, but it turns out the "reporters" were actually FEMA employees. Legitimate reporters were allowed to listen in but could not ask questions.


Rolling the Dice on a Capital Projects Bill (2007-10-30)
The push is on to convince the Illinois House to approve a capital projects bill for the state. Capital Development Board Executive Director Jan Grimes is making stops at campuses around the state to talk about how they would benefit from the measure.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-30)


New Wind Tax Could Help Cass Schools (2007-10-30)
A proposed new wind farm could make a major addition to Cass County tax revenues.


SRC Buys Land for Rushville Center (2007-10-29)
Spoon River College has purchased a half-acre site for its new Rushville Center.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-29)


Keokuk Reaches Agreement With Administrator (2007-10-29)
Keokuk's new city administrator could be in place within the next three weeks.


First Filings for McDonough County Offices (2007-10-29)
Two incumbents and one newcomer filed petitions to be on the McDonough County ballot in February.


The Renaissance Artist of the American West (2007-10-27)
The WIU Art Gallery is now exhibiting Don Crouch: Early, Middle and Recent Works, 1965-2007. Crouch has earned international acclaim for his depictions of the American west.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-26)


Possible Power Plant Near Gladstone (2007-10-26)
If a feasibility study works out, a hydro-power plant could be built on the Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 18.


The Brickyard: From Junk to Treasure (2007-10-26)
The old phrase "One man's junk is another man's treasure" has proven to be true for a historic site in western Illinois. That site is The Moses King Brick & Tile Works National Historic District in Colchester.


Delta Queen's Future In Jeopardy (2007-10-26)
The Delta Queen is the last, authentic paddle-wheel steamboat that still carries overnight passengers.
2008, though, could be the last year the vessel travels up and down the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.


Macomb's Historic Courthouse Square (2007-10-25)
Macomb is being asked to consider placing its courthouse square on the National Register of Historic Places.


Emphasis (2007-10-25)
Jason Parrott talks to Ron Welder, who recently retired from his post as executive officer at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. He worked at the ISP for more than 25 years and also worked at correctional facilities in Henry and Polk Counties.


Soybean Rust Hits Region (2007-10-25)
The Soybean Rust disease has been identified in McDonough County, but it's too late in the season for it to affect yields.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-25)


Wind Project Information Session Scheduled (2007-10-24)
An informational meeting about a possible wind project in Hancock County will be held next month.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-24)


Cuts Likely For Fort Madison Fire Department (2007-10-24)
It remains unclear how much money could be trimmed from the Fort Madison Fire Department's budget for next year.


Countywide EMS Board Established (2007-10-23)
Hancock County now has a new board to govern its countywide ambulance service.


Heating Assistance Budget Flat (2007-10-23)
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in Illinois will be able to help fewer residents this year.


Shop Talk (2007-10-23)
The panelists talk about the proposed federal shield law for reporters. They also talk about Illinois Senate Bill 729, which was recently signed by the governor. It will give college journalists more protections from administrative interference.


Lee County Considering Strategic Plan. (2007-10-23)
The development of a strategic plan could be in the future for Lee County.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-23)


White Boosts Graduate Driving Plan (2007-10-22)
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White strongly supported the new graduated drivers license plan during a visit to Macomb.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-22)


Council to Focus on Square Improvements (2007-10-22)
Rushville aldermen have decided to proceed with an improvement program for their downtown square.


NEMO Courthouse Turns 100 (2007-10-22)
On October 22, 1907, the cornerstone of the Scotland County Courthouse was laid in the town square in Memphis, Missouri.
Despite overcast skies and rain, more than 100 people filled the courthouse's second floor courtroom, 100 years later, to take part in a celebration.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-19)


The Sounds of Ecstasy (2007-10-19)
A Buddhist monk group from Korea will visit just five US cities this fall, including New York, San Francisco -- and Macomb.


Emphasis (2007-10-18)
Rich Egger speaks with internationally lauded educator Antonia Darder. She was in Macomb to talk about identity development.


Keokuk High School Students "Challenged" (2007-10-18)
Students at Keokuk High School have been challenged to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.


Keokuk Could Have New Rand Park Pavilion By Spring (2007-10-18)
Keokuk's new Rand Park Pavilion could be ready for performances by late spring.


Park District to Reopen Agreement (2007-10-18)
The Macomb Park District is ready to re-open the agreement with the City of Macomb that covers its operating city-owned facilities.


Board Gets Administrator Job Description (2007-10-18)
The McDonough County Board will have one month to look over proposals for a county administrator and decide what comes next.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-18)


Junkins Says Groups Kept Out Of Development Talks (2007-10-17)
The Chairman of the Southeast Iowa Regional Economic and Port Authority says the panel should not exist if it is not going to be involved in economic development efforts.


Warren Board Approves Turbine Space Rental (2007-10-17)
The Warren County Board has approved leasing three acres of its land for possible wind turbine space.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-17)


School District to Increase Levy (2007-10-16)
The Macomb school district levy will be just under the tax cap limits for the coming year.


New Tax Break for Habitat Land (2007-10-16)
A new Illinois law will give a tax break to landowners who keep their land undeveloped and under a conservation plan.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-16)


Council to Re-evaluate Condemnation Process (2007-10-16)
Bushnell is putting a hold on the sale of its first condemned home.


Hamilton Could Vote On Community Center (2007-10-16)
Hamilton plans to give its residents the opportunity to weigh in on the development of a proposed community center.


Shop Talk (2007-10-16)
The panelists continue their discussion about independent journalism websites being purchased by corporations and debate whether small, local blogs might get purchased by larger media groups.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-15)


History Club Flyer Causes Controversy (2007-10-14)
A Western Illinois University student organization's flyer turned into much more than an advertisement for a fun night of pizza and trivia. It prompted accusations of racism.


Group Works To Educate Using Old Computers (2007-10-14)
A not-for-profit group in Lee County hopes to keep older computers out of landfills by using them for educational purposes.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-12)


West Prairie Hopes Budget Stays Balanced (2007-10-12)
The West Prairie school district board approved a balanced budget ... as long as the state comes through with a promised state aid increase.


Development OK Where Big Tent Stood In Keokuk (2007-10-12)
The property along Keokuk's Main Street that was covered by a large white tent for several months is now ready for development.


"Rock-Hounds" Travels Hundreds of Miles For Local Geodes (2007-10-12)
Keokuk's 3rd-annual Rocktoberfest brought "Rock-Hounds" from across the country to the tri-state region in search of geodes.


Shortfall Causes Senior Transit Cutback (2007-10-11)
A projected $12,000 budget shortfall will have the Cass County Council on Aging cut its van service by 40 percent.


Emphasis (2007-10-11)
Jason Parrott talks to Laurie Mendenhall and Dawn Butler, who are site coordinators for the KidZone program in Keokuk. The future of the popular before-and-after school program is in jeopardy because of a drop in federal and state funding.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-11)


Paintings From the Other Side of the Globe (2007-10-11)
There's an international flair to a new art exhibit on Macomb's courthouse square. The paintings were done by an artist from central China.


Barns and the Bard (2007-10-10)
Shakespeare and historic barns will be featured October 13 & 14 in McDonough County. The second Barnacopia will include performances of three of Shakespeare's plays.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-10)


Keokuk Selects City Administrator (2007-10-10)
The Keokuk City Council has made its choice as to who should be Keokuk's first city administrator/city clerk.


Keokuk Getting 400+ Jobs (2007-10-10)
Hundreds of new, well-paying jobs are heading to Keokuk.


Council Moves on Airport Land Swap (2007-10-10)
Beardstown aldermen have approved an appraisal and an environmental study for a possible land swap at the municipal airport.


Keokuk Close To Hiring City Administrator (2007-10-10)
The Keokuk City Council is close to hiring its first city administrator.


Richardson Wants Top Three Finish In Iowa (2007-10-09)
One of the Democratic Presidential candidates is counting on a strong showing in the Iowa Caucuses to keep his campaign moving forward.


Shop Talk (2007-10-09)
The panelists discuss the implications of MSNBC.com's purchase of the citizen journalist website Newsvine.com.


Flu Clinic Tests Emergency Response (2007-10-09)
The Mason County Health Department combined a required emergency test with its first flu immunization clinic.


Vandals Strike Again at Macomb Home (2007-10-09)
Macomb's mayor and WIU's president both say they will not tolerate the harassment of a woman whose house was vandalized over the weekend. Police are looking for at least four people who destroyed the chain link fence at 120 West Adams Street.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-09)


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-08)


Schuyler County Delays Rabies Ordinance Update (2007-10-08)
The Schuyler County Board will delay updating its rabies ordinances for a couple of months while board members gather suggestions.


In The Tri States (2007-10-05)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from September 2007.


Housing Committee Survey to be Distributed (2007-10-05)
Rushville's Housing Committee is ready to distribute its first survey.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-05)


Additional Rural Transit Coming (2007-10-04)
A regional group is being formed to bring rural transit to counties that do not have it yet.


Fort Madison Fire Department's Future To Be Discussed Oct. 23 (2007-10-04)
The future of Fort Madison's fire department could be determined later this month.


RFK Jr: Illinois Being Harmed by Bush Policies (2007-10-04)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr says the Bush administration's environmental policies are causing direct harm to Illinois residents. Kennedy made his comments at WIU, where he spoke to a full house at Western Hall.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-04)


Emphasis (2007-10-04)
Rich Egger talks to Spoon River College President Robert Ritschel about about the school's programs and the new campus being developed in Macomb. They also talk about a study that looked at the economic impact of Illinois' community colleges.


Keokuk City Administrator Finalists Coming (2007-10-04)
The finalists for Keokuk's new city administrator post will visit the city October 8th and 9th.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (2007-10-04)
Domestic Violence can impact the life of someone you know.
That's the message those working to raise awareness about domestic violence are trying to get out this month.


Fort Madison Land-Based Casino In Question (2007-10-03)
Great River Entertainment owns the new Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington and the Fort Madison-based Catfish Bend Riverboat.
Now, the company's plan to build a land-based casino in Fort Madison is in question.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-03)


Lee County Could See Record Corn Yields (2007-10-03)
Lee County could see record corn yields when this fall's harvesting season wraps up later this month.


Medical Transportation Begins Monday (2007-10-03)
McDonough County Public Transportation will begin transporting patients to out-of-town doctor's appointments Monday.


More Veterans Getting Assistance In Lee County (2007-10-02)
The Lee County Commission on Veterans Affairs is seeing an increase in the number of former soldiers the agency is providing services to.


Shop Talk (2007-10-02)
The panelists discuss a recent meeting where reporters were asked to leave but members of the public were allowed to stay. The Peoria Journal Star reported the meeting was organized to foster communication and cooperation between mayors, village presidents, and other public office holders in Fulton County.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-02)


Bushnell Prepares for Grant Application (2007-10-02)
Bushnell aldermen have approved engineering studies on water mains to bolster their application for a grant.


Old Keokuk Middle School Site Still On The Market (2007-10-01)
The Keokuk School Board is still looking for offers on 3 acres of land along Main Street where the district's middle school once stood.


Afternoon Edition (2007-10-01)


Conservation Agency Helps New Businesses (2007-10-01)
A resource conservation agency's economic program has helped start more than 40 new businesses in western Illinois.


Small Wind Farm Wants County Land (2007-10-01)
The Warren County Board will be asked to approve leasing some county land for a small-scale wind farm.


Hamilton Walking Bridge Plans Temporarily Delayed (2007-10-01)
Plans to build a walking bridge on Hamilton's southwest side are temporarily on hold.


Diversity Under One Roof (2007-09-29)
Construction is about to get underway on Western Illinois University's new multicultural center. The groundbreaking ceremony drew a large crowd on a bright and warm early autumn afternoon.


Murder Suspect Arrested (2007-09-29)
Illinois State Police have arrested a suspect in a western Illinois murder case. Investigators are saying little about the arrest or the murder.


Big Grant for New Bilingual Program (2007-09-28)
There is a growing need for bilingual teachers in farm country. A new program from Western Illinois University will try to nurture a bumper crop of those teachers.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-28)


Keokuk Adding Trash Cans, Period Lights To Downtown (2007-09-28)
Keokuk is planning some major improvements for its downtown district.


Putting the Pedal to the Metal for Road Improvements (2007-09-28)
Students at the West Central high school in Biggsville held a rally to present more than 600 letters to area legislators.


Keokuk for Darfur to Host Relay (2007-09-28)
Those working in Keokuk to stop the genocide in Sudan's Darfur region hope to send a message across the Pacific Ocean this weekend


Emphasis (2007-09-27)
Rich Egger and retired WIU English professor John Hallwas review the presentation given by WIU President Al Goldfarb for this year's John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecture.


Keokuk School Board President Favors Televised Meetings (2007-09-27)
The new head of the Keokuk School Board says he would favor opening up the panel's meetings to a larger audience.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-27)


Mayor Dislikes Delay (2007-09-27)
Carthage's mayor is not happy with delays at starting construction on a new senior apartment complex.


Sparse Turnout for Pool Hearing (2007-09-26)
Fewer than 20 people attended Wednesday night's hearing conducted by the Macomb Pool Committee. The committee has completed its research and now needs to come up with recommendations. It appears members already agree on one thing: Glenwood Pool is likely to last no more than another three-to-five years.


Health Department Tries Medication Drill (2007-09-26)
The Hancock County Health Department has a list of things to try differently for its next medication drill.


Keokuk Area Community Foundation Gives Out Nearly $50,000 (2007-09-26)
The number of organizations benefiting from grants through the Keokuk Area Community Foundation continues to rise.


Fort Madison Mayor Approves Firefighter OT (2007-09-26)
It looks like city leaders will have a 3 month window to find new ways to fund the Fort Madison Fire Department.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-26)


Keokuk Water Bills To Increase (2007-09-25)
Keokuk residents will see an increase in their water bills at the start of the new year.
The money generated will be used to replace the city's aging water-distribution system.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-25)


New Terminal to be Operating Later This Year (2007-09-25)
A new barge terminal in Beardstown could be shipping out grain next month.


Holy Trinity Students To Return To Classes Wednesday (2007-09-25)
Clean-up is nearly complete at Holy Trinity Elementary School following an act of vandalism over the weekend.
That means displaced students will be able to return to classes in West Point Wednesday.


Shop Talk (2007-09-25)
The panelists discuss Dan Rather's lawsuit against CBS and Viacom. Rather claims he was used as the scapegoat for a discredited story about President Bush's military service. He contends the influence of the government and large corporations played a role in the matter.


Elementary Building to Host After-School Program (2007-09-24)
The Carthage after-school program will be housed in the elementary school building to avoid the need for transporting its pupils.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-24)


Hamilton Baseball Season In Jeopardy (2007-09-24)
The upcoming season for Hamilton's high school baseball team could be in jeopardy.


Keokuk School Board Counters Offer For Old Middle School Land (2007-09-24)
The Keokuk School Board has issued a counter-offer to a firm interested in the land where the district's old middle school once stood.


Harsh Penalties Possible For Threat In Burlington (2007-09-24)
The head of the Burlington School District says verbal or written threats, such as one discovered over the weekend, will not be taken lightly.


A Busy Day in the Park (2007-09-23)
Chandler Park was the place to be in Macomb on Saturday. The Gazebo Art Festival got underway at 9:00 am, as did the popular book sale by Friends of the Library. At noon, musicians took the stage for the Al Sears Jazz Festival.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-21)


Cass County Wind Farm Leases (2007-09-21)
A Maryland firm is leasing land in Cass County for a possible wind farm.


Emphasis (2007-09-20)
Rich Egger talks to Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb, who will present the Fifth Annual John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecture on September 25 in Macomb and September 26 in the Quad Cities.


Hamilton School Budget In The Black (2007-09-20)
The Hamilton School District's roughly $5,000,000 spending plan for the current school year appears to be in the black.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-20)


Mayor's Plan Energizes Council (2007-09-20)
Rushville Mayor Scott Thompson won the concurrence of his council when he introduced his "Energize Rushville" program this week.


Advisory Ballot Idea Tabled (2007-09-20)
The McDonough County Board tabled the idea of placing an advisory ballot on the February primary ballot.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-19)


Supporters Making Pitch For New Fort Madison School (2007-09-19)
Supporters of building a new multi-million dollar K-8 school in Fort Madison are starting to get the word out about why the facility is needed.


Burlington School Still Without Name (2007-09-19)
It could be several more weeks before Burlington residents find out the name of a yet-to-be completed school.


Lawmaker Says Prison Will Stay In Fort Madison (2007-09-19)
The future of Iowa's prison system will be a hot topic in Des Moines come January.
A veteran legislator says one thing is certain... a state prison will remain in Fort Madison.


Better Warning System Sought (2007-09-19)
ESDA directors in five western Illinois counties are cooperating to create a more responsive emergency warning system.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-18)


Shop Talk (2007-09-18)
Some politicians have used entertainment shows to announce their candidacies. The panelists talk about what they do and don't like about this trend.


Council Wants to Get the 'Red' Out (2007-09-18)
Bushnell aldermen might take a more aggressive approach to removing a red coloration from the city's water.


Governor Says New Jobs Likely For Iowa (2007-09-18)
Iowa's governor says his state could be in line for hundreds or even thousands of new jobs related to wind energy.


Busier Students Might Help Balance Budget (2007-09-18)
More tuition might help Spoon River College make up for the governor's cuts in the state budget.


Rock 'n' Roll's Legendary Neighborhood (2007-09-18)
The book Laurel Canyon explores the influence that southern California neighborhood had on the music world in the mid to late 60s. The book was written by Michael Walker, who will visit Macomb to talk about what he found.


Keokuk Adding Pre-School (2007-09-17)
Families have already started contacting the Keokuk School District about its new pre-school program.


City Lines Up Loan Help (2007-09-17)
Carthage will be able to arrange an interest-free loan to help it extend water and sewer service in its Tax increment Financing district.


Lewistown Gains Help for Parks (2007-09-17)
A group of nine Americorps volunteers will help update Lewistown's Ratcliff Park next month.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-17)


Organic Food Growing More Popular, but Supply Uncertain (2007-09-17)
Organic food is growing more popular, but it might take a while before enough growers can become certified to meet the demand.


Bypass Plan Moving Ahead (2007-09-17)
The design stage for the Highway 61 Bypass around Fort Madison is nearly complete.


Guilty Verdict for Popular Pediatrician (2007-09-16)
In a stipulated bench trial, Dr Khalid Dabash was found guilty of a third degree felony count of vendor fraud. He was sentenced to 24 months probation and will pay $65,000 in fines and restitution.


Hoops Tourney a Big Draw (2007-09-16)
Football and baseball often dominate the sports pages this time of year, but a different sport was the big story in Macomb over the weekend. The city hosted its first Gus Macker Basketball Tournament.


Ireland Officially Seeking Re-Election (2007-09-14)
Fort Madison's mayor says bringing in new jobs is the main reason he's running for another two-year term in office.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-14)


Keokuk To Hire Pool Consultant (2007-09-14)
Keokuk is ready to start the design work for a new municipal swimming pool.


Emphasis (2007-09-13)
Jason Parrott talks to Southeastern Community College President Beverly Simone.


Cost of Marriage Going Up (2007-09-13)
The cost of a McDonough County Marriage License might soon go up by 60 percent.


Wobblies on the Waterfront (2007-09-13)
A new book by a Macomb man explores America's first truly interracial labor union. Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia is by Peter Cole, who's an associate professor of History at WIU. The book's cover design was done by former Tri States Public Radio reporter Marc Nelson.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-13)


Carthage TIF Agreement Near (2007-09-13)
The Carthage Tax Increment Financing District plans to reach a revenue-sharing agreement soon with its two school districts.


Mayor Plans Development Initiative (2007-09-12)
Rushville's mayor plans to introduce an initiative to the city council called "Energize Rushville."


Simply The Blues Train (2007-09-12)
All aboard for a blues concert on an Amtrak train!


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-12)


County Asked for Advisory Vote (2007-09-12)
McDonough County will be asked to join an effort to gain better funding for veterans' medical costs.


Shop Talk (2007-09-11)
The panelists talk about weekly news and cultural magazines. In an age when access to news is available 24/7, what role do weekly magazines play?


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-11)


Election Results - Southeast Iowa School Board Races (2007-09-11)
The results are in for the school board races in Southeast Iowa.


Medication Collection Planned (2007-09-11)
A western Illinois waste management group is beginning a program to keep medications out of landfills and waterways.


Fort Madison To Get Cultural Center (2007-09-10)
A soon-to-be empty library in Fort Madison will have a new purpose.


State Works to Boost Amtrak Ridership (2007-09-10)
Illinois has hired the Midwest High Speed Rail Association to try to boost Amtrak ridership.


WIU Might Get Emergency Notification System (2007-09-10)
Western Illinois University might receive bids soon on an emergency notification system that could notify most people on campus within 30 minutes.


Keokuk Public Library Foundation To Republish Book (2007-09-10)
A small number of people will be able to own their own copy of one of the Keokuk Public Library's rare books.


Aldermen Consider Merits of Home Rule (2007-09-10)
Over the years, Macomb has talked about trying to become a home rule community. Now the city is talking about it again. Home rule communities in Illinois have more power to generate revenue and create ordinances.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-10)


Ca-Zoo-Ee, Mom's Toyz, & Good Greeph! (2007-09-09)
Early each fall, colorful (and colorfully named) hot air balloons take to the skies over Macomb. This year was no exception as the city hosted the 21st Annual Macomb Balloon Rally.


Main Street Cafe To Come Down In Keokuk (2007-09-07)
Keokuk is starting the process of tearing down a deteriorating Main Street building by blocking off some access to it.


Elections - Keokuk School Board - Part 2 (2007-09-07)
Just 9 candidates have run for the last 7 open seats on the Keokuk School Board.
This year, though, is much different.
The ballot is loaded with 11 residents seeking 4 seats, including 7 in the race for a pair of 3-year terms.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-07)


Collecton Efforts Lead Revenue Enhancement (2007-09-07)
Collections on old debts might be the first way for McDonough County to increase its revenue stream.


Applications Coming In For Keokuk's Administrator Post (2007-09-07)
Applications are already coming in as Keokuk searches for a city administrator.


Elections - Keokuk School Board - Part 1 (2007-09-07)
Iowa voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to decide who should serve on the boards of education for their local school districts.
4 of the 7 seats on the Keokuk School Board are up for grabs.
Three candidates are vying to fill a shortened term on the panel.


Big River United Way Sets Lofty Goal (2007-09-06)
The Big River United Way has set a lofty goal for its up-and-running 2008 fundraising campaign.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-06)


Health Department to Practice Mass Medication (2007-09-06)
The Hancock County Health Department will test its ability to medicate all of the county's residents later this month.


Donations Sought for Bridge Repair (2007-09-06)
A private campaign is underway in Fulton County to repair one of the county's tourist attraction bridges.


Emphasis (2007-09-06)
Rich Egger talks to Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs Director Chris Merrett about ethanol research, value-added agriculture, and broadband service in rural Illinois.


Fulton County Seeks Manager (2007-09-05)
Fulton County placed its first advertisements seeking a County Manager over the weekend and is already getting applicants.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-05)


Floating Over Western Illinois (2007-09-04)
This weekend in Macomb, all eyes will be on the sky. The 21st Annual Macomb Balloon Rally will bring in 29 pilots from across the Midwest. Pilots will launch from Vince Grady Field on the WIU campus Friday evening and try to land there Saturday morning and evening. The popular Balloon Glow will be held Saturday night.


Biomass-to-Ethanol Questioned (2007-09-04)
A soil scientist is questioning the wisdom of growing biomass to help solve the nation's fuel shortage.


Police Need Help Identifying Murder Victim (2007-09-04)
Investigators are not saying much about a murder case in western Illinois. Instead, they want the public to speak up and help identify the victim (to the left is an artist's sketch of him).


Shop Talk (2007-09-04)
The panelists discuss royalty payments for Internet radio stations that play music. Some small webcasters contend they don't make money and thus should not have to pay to play songs.


Candidates File In Burlington (2007-09-04)
The field has been set for Burlington's city primary.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-04)


LCEDG Restarts Search For Business Director (2007-09-03)
The Lee County Economic Development Group has restarted the search for a new business director.


Afternoon Edition (2007-09-03)


In The Tri States (2007-09-02)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from August 2007.


Grand Opening For Art Gallery In Keokuk (2007-08-31)
Dozens turned out for the grand opening of a new art gallery in Keokuk.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-31)


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-30)


Grand Jury To Investigate Girl's Death (2007-08-30)
It's been nearly one year since a young McDonough County girl suffered a violent death, yet no one has been charged in the case. Now, State's Attorney James Hoyle will convene a Grand Jury to investigate the death of five-year old Silven Yocum.


Emphasis (2007-08-30)
Jason Parrott talks to Hank Hustus, who is one of the organizers of the Keokuk Independent Film Festival. The event takes place September 6 - 9.


Water Conservation Called Off In Warsaw (2007-08-30)
Warsaw residents are free to resume their regular water usage.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-29)


Tree Removal to Strengthen Dam (2007-08-29)
Carthage will hire a tree firm to remove around 15 large trees from the back side of the city's dam.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-28)


Biden Campaigns In Keokuk (2007-08-28)
One of the presidential hopefuls says he will continue to run his campaign on his terms, no matter what the other candidates are doing.


Shop Talk (2007-08-28)
The panelists discuss whether on-line news stories should be altered or perhaps deleted over time. Search engines crawl the Internet on a regular basis and sometimes archive stories that are inaccurate or have changed in some way as developments progress.


Murder Trial Might Move to Greece (2007-08-28)
The Henderson County State's Attorney is waiting to find out whether he'll be doing a murder trial in Oquawka ... or Greece.


Keokuk HS Weight Room Moving Forward (2007-08-27)
Plans to build a new weight room at Keokuk High School have cleared another hurdle.


Warsaw Residents Asked To Conserve (2007-08-27)
Warsaw residents are still being asked to conserve water.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-27)


Muscooten Bay Support Group Forms (2007-08-27)
With parties and fundraising, a Beardstown group hopes to apply pressure to the Corps of Engineers.


Bike Trail Application to Come This Fall (2007-08-27)
An ad hoc group working for a bicycle trail in Carthage plans to file its application this fall.


Winds Damage Kirkwood (2007-08-24)
Volunteers and road crews are cleaning debris from Kirkwood after strong winds damaged buildings, trees and crops.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-24)


Taxes Late in Brown County (2007-08-23)
Problems with farmland assessment mean the Brown County school district will not get its property tax money until next year.


Emphasis (2007-08-23)
Rich Egger talks to Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-23)


Commercial Air Service Returns To Burlington (2007-08-22)
Commercial air service is returning to one Southeast Iowa airport.


Fort Madison Won't Fill Vacancy (2007-08-22)
The Fort Madison City Council will work short-handed for the next few months.


Hancock Closer to Ambulance Organization (2007-08-22)
Delegates from different Hancock County emergency responders are getting closer to forming an umbrella organization.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-22)


Jail Expansion Approved Overwhelmingly in Lee County (2007-08-21)
Voters have overwhelmingly approved an expansion and renovation of the Lee County Jail.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-21)


Films From Around The World (2007-08-21)
The International Film Series in Macomb gets underway August 22 & 23 with the family drama "The Namesake." The following week, it's "The Lives Of Others," which won this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Film.


Shop Talk (2007-08-21)
The panelists discuss front page advertisements in newspapers. For many years, no ads were run on the front page and purists claim it's a mistake to allow them. But others say there is nothing wrong with the ads if they help support good journalism.


Jail Vote Tuesday in Lee County (2007-08-20)
Lee County's jail was built along Highway 61 more than 25 years ago.
An effort to borrow more than $6,000,000 to expand the facility failed at the polls in 1999.
The issue of expansion has come up again as voters will be asked to allow Lee County to borrow millions for a new project.


Expert Says Mississippi River Bridges Safe in SE Iowa (2007-08-20)
The Iowa Department of Transportation says drivers should not worry when traveling over the three bridges in Lee and Des Moines Counties that cross the Mississippi River.


Six More Miles of Avenue of the Saints Completed (2007-08-20)
There are less than ten miles to go before the Avenue of the Saints is complete.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-20)


No Solar Yet for Elms (2007-08-17)
The lack of enough grant money will likely keep The Elms nursing home from "going solar."


Red Cross Gains New Directort (2007-08-17)
Dave Maguire is the new executive director of the McDonough County chapter of the American Red Cross.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-17)


Edwards Campaigns in Keokuk (2007-08-17)
One of the Presidential hopefuls says the federal government should make it easier for drivers to find environmental-friendly fuels.


City Government Debates Moving Foward In Lee County (2007-08-16)
While one Lee County community is adding a city administrator... another wants to keep their city manager in the fold.


New Assisted Living Facility Coming To Fort Madison (2007-08-16)
A new assisted living facility in Fort Madison could be finished in 10 to 12 months.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-16)


Emphasis (2007-08-16)
For the first half of the program, Rich Egger talks to the Macomb School District's new superintendent, Alene Reuschel. For the second half, Jason Parrott talks to the Burlington School District's new superintendent, Lee Morrison.


State Slows Carthage Savings (2007-08-15)
Among the bills piling up on the Illinois governor's desk is one which could save some money for Carthage.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-15)


Delegates Visit Keokuk (2007-08-15)
Representatives of more than 50 countries are exploring trade opportunities in Southeast Iowa.


Group to Support Local Agriculture (2007-08-15)
A group is forming in Macomb to promote local food systems. Organizers are working to gather input on what food-related issues are of interest to the community.


Keokuk Hopes For Extension On Sewer Project (2007-08-15)
Keokuk is making its pitch to receive more time for a $50,000,000+ sewer system renovation.


Gudgel To Run Again In Keokuk (2007-08-14)
Keokuk's mayor wants another two-year-term in office.


Hancock Ambulance Plan Near (2007-08-14)
A plan to guarantee county-wide ambulance service in Hancock County could be announced soon.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-14)


Shop Talk (2007-08-14)
The panelists discuss changes in the newspaper industry and why most papers have morning rather than afternoon editions.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-13)


Lee County Crops Still Looking Good (2007-08-13)
The recent rain appears to have countered the impact of the August heat wave on Lee County's corn and soybean fields.


New Police Pact in Macomb (2007-08-13)
Macomb aldermen will be asked to approve a new contract with police - and a tax hike to help pay for it. Chief Mike Galloway says the pact will allow the department to increase from 26 sworn officers to 30.


Immigration Issues Need More Work: Durbin (2007-08-13)
Illinois' Senior U.S. Senator says the issues involving immigration in the country need a lot more work.


Residency Requirements Might be Dropped (2007-08-13)
Beardstown might drop residency requirements for the ambulance paramedics.


Keokuk Could Control Feeding Of Cats (2007-08-13)
Keokuk may impose stricter penalties on feeding certain animals within the city.


For The Beauty of The Earth (2007-08-11)
A new art exhibit in Macomb celebrates the environment. The photographs can be seen at Sullivan Taylor Coffeehouse through the end of August.


Land Conservancy Group Being Formed (2007-08-10)
Some western Illinois landowners are forming a group to insure that conservation easements are upheld.


Fort Madison Full Time Mayor Debate Continues (2007-08-10)
The Fort Madison City Council could start the process of changing the city's form of government as early as next week.


The Search Begins (2007-08-10)
The city administrator's office at Macomb City Hall has been empty since mid-April. Now, four months later, aldermen have agreed to advertise for the position.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-10)


Congressman Says Iraq Still Hot Topic (2007-08-10)
The war in Iraq is the top issue one lawmaker has heard about since he recently returned from Washington D-C.


Fort Madison Must Cut Budget (2007-08-09)
Some major cuts will need to be made to Fort Madison's current spending plan.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-09)


Emphasis (2007-08-09)
Jason Parrott talks to Lois Wixom and Doug Atterberg. Wixom is the Manager of the George M. Verity River Museum and Atterberg is the Chairman of the George M. Verity River Museum Commission.


County to Seek New Auditors (2007-08-09)
The McDonough County Board wants better information from its annual audit, and will look into a different auditing firm.


Hamilton Residents Could Drop Flood Coverage (2007-08-09)
A number of Hamilton residents could be in line for some good news when it comes to their flood insurance coverage.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-08)


Dredging Could Help Bring Business (2007-08-08)
Beardstown Mayor Bob Walters believes some changes in the town's riverfront could help it attract a new business.


Airline Service Remains Stalled In Burlington (2007-08-08)
It remains unclear when commercial flights will resume at a Southeast Iowa airport.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-07)


Hamilton Looking At Community Center (2007-08-07)
Hamilton wants to know the price of a new community center before moving forward on the project.


Assessment Office Seeks Extra Funds (2007-08-07)
McDonough County's Supervisor of Assessments wants extra funding to help bring records up to date.


Landfill Construction Moving Forward (2007-08-07)
A major expansion at the Great River Regional Waste Authority's Fort Madison landfill has cleared a couple of big hurdles.


Shop Talk (2007-08-07)
The panelists talk about Rupert Murdoch's purchase of Dow Jones & Company, which owns the Wall Street Journal.


Crowded Field for Keokuk School Board Race (2007-08-06)
Almost a dozen candidates will be on the ballot, September 11th, seeking seats on the Keokuk School Board.


Carp Contest Expands, but Numbers Don't Dwindle (2007-08-06)
The Redneck Fishing Contest at Bath on the Illinois River grows yearly, but the number of Asiatic Carp in the river is not being noticeably reduced .


Ordinance Bites The Dust (2007-08-06)
An unpopular law has been swept off the books in Macomb. The "dustless surfaces" ordinance required driveways and other off-street parking areas to be paved.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-06)


Donnellson Working On Firefighter Memorial (2007-08-06)
One Southeast Iowa community hopes to move forward with a memorial to some local heroes in the next couple of months.


Bill Would Maintain Marina Access (2007-08-06)
House and Senate passage of a federal bill will guarantee Beardstown's access to the Illinois River.


Housing Committee Finishing Questionnaire (2007-08-06)
An Ad Hoc Housing Committee in Rushville will finish its first questionnaire next week.


In The Tri States (2007-08-05)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from July 2007.


Richardson Speaks In Keokuk (2007-08-03)
One of the Democrats running for President says he is going to have to out-work his opponents if he wants to win his party's nomination.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-03)


Emphasis (2007-08-02)
This week's program features a lecture given this year at Knox College by China's Ambassador to the United States. His Excellency Zhou Wenzhong delivered the 2007 Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture in Global Affairs.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-02)


Miss Rockaway Armada docks in Keokuk (2007-08-02)
It's not often you see a group of homemade rafts, complete with a kitchen, recliners, and an outhouse, floating down the Mississippi River.

But that is currently the case in Keokuk, and what's more, the crew plans to perform for residents this evening.


Proposed Street Program to Change Approach (2007-08-01)
A proposed street program for Macomb would change the public works department's emphasis to maintenance of streets.


District Going Tobacco-Free (2007-08-01)
The Central Lee School District is now tobacco-free.


Afternoon Edition (2007-08-01)


Sullivan Opts Out of Congress Race (2007-08-01)
Illinois State Senator John Sullivan says he will not run for Congress in the 18th District.


Sullivan Won't Run For Congress (2007-08-01)
A West-Central Illinois lawmaker will not try to make the jump to Washington D-C.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-31)


Deadly Keokuk Fire An Accident (2007-07-31)
The fire that killed two children in Keokuk has been ruled an accident.


Council to Revise Paving Ordinance (2007-07-31)
Macomb aldermen will consider amendments to an ordinance that will change the requirements for paving driveways and parking lots.


Montrose Police Chief Stepping Down (2007-07-31)
One Southeast Iowa community is in the market for a new police chief.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-30)


Hamilton Field Ready For Some Football (2007-07-30)
It appears Hamilton will be able to host high school football games this fall.


Carthage Readies New City Building (2007-07-30)
The Carthage City Council could be in its new home within six weeks.


Keokuk Closer To Adding Administrator (2007-07-30)
Efforts to add a city administrator to Keokuk's current form of government could take a major step forward this week.


Keokuk Street Plan Could Speed Up (2007-07-29)
Keokuk could speed up its multi-year, multi-million dollar street repair program.


Deactivation Vote Scheduled (2007-07-27)
Residents of two Hancock County school districts will decide, early next year, if the schools should reorganize.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-27)


"Ambitious" Streets Program Unveiled (2007-07-27)
Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead says the city has been crafting a street repair program for months. The plan that will be shared with aldermen on July 30 suggests spending nearly $30 million.


Incentives for Schuyler-Industry Students (2007-07-27)
Schuyler-Industry high school students can sign up for a new behavior incentive program this fall.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-26)


Keokuk Could Get Ethanol Plant (2007-07-26)
Keokuk could be the home of a new ethanol-production plant.


Board Holds Meetings Without Notice (2007-07-26)
An ad hoc committee of the McDonough County Board met to discuss a county administrator without giving notice to the media .


Emphasis (2007-07-26)
Rich Egger talks to WIU Meteorology professor Tom Williams about storm chasing.


Fort Madison School District Still Seeking Land (2007-07-26)
Testing is still underway on land the Fort Madison School District hopes to purchase for a potential school building.


Trash Talking the Trash Cart System (2007-07-25)
A Macomb alderman says he's heard nothing but complaints about the city's proposed new trash cart system.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-25)


Montrose Has New City Council Member (2007-07-25)
Montrose's newest city council member is ready to help the city grow and expand.


Port Authority Awards Grants (2007-07-24)
The Southeast Iowa Regional Economic And Port Authority is giving out more grant money to help fund local economic development efforts.


Another City Hall Dustup (2007-07-24)
A couple weeks ago, the Macomb Planning Commission caught an earful about a controversial ordinance. Monday night, the city council received the same treatment.


Lincoln Sites Checked by State Crew (2007-07-24)
Staff from the Illinois Looking for Lincoln program has evaluated eleven possible Hancock County sites where roadside markers might be installed.


Shop Talk (2007-07-24)
The panelists talk about "Anchorwoman," which is a reality show scheduled to debut on Fox next month. In the show, a model with no reporting experience works as a television journalist.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-24)


Landowners Sought for Wildlife Help (2007-07-23)
A conservation group wants landowners who will plant some of their acres for wildlife food and cover.


Pharmacy to be Added (2007-07-23)
A community mapping program will result in the restoration of a local pharmacy in Henderson County.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-23)


Mayor Clamps Down on Spending (2007-07-23)
Late property taxes and an uncertain state budget led Rushville's mayor to order no unnecessary spending.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-20)


County Shows Slow Fiscal Improvement (2007-07-19)
McDonough County's audit for the year ending last Nov. 30 shows a slow improvement in its end-of-year balances.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-19)


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-18)


State Reviews Big Parks Grant Bid (2007-07-18)
The Macomb Park District has made its pitch for state money for the 80-acre University Drive site. The district is asking for $400,000 to help it build ball diamonds, soccer fields, and other attractions.


Emphasis (2007-07-18)
Rich Egger talks to Tammy LaPrad and Courtney Blankenship of Macomb. They are co-publishers of "I-Parent" magazine, which will debut this fall.


Council to Consider Long-Term Gas Purchase (2007-07-18)
The Bushnell Municipal Utility Board will be costing out a possible long-term purchase of natural gas.


FAA Wants Hazard Removed (2007-07-18)
The Federal Aviation Administration wants two trees removed near Rushville's Schuy Rush Airport.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-17)


Worker Disappointed With City Hall Decision (2007-07-17)
Macomb's property maintenance inspector resigned, though it does not sound like he wanted to do so.


Shop Talk (2007-07-17)
The panelists discuss how presidential campaigns are using new media. The Internet has become a source for more than just fundraising.


Lee County Begins Informational Meetings (2007-07-17)
The Lee County group Citizens for Public Safety has begun a series of informational meetings about a jail bond issue on the ballot in August.


Court Ruling Protested (2007-07-17)
Protestors in McDonough County demonstrated against a ruling in a Nebraska rape Case.


Nauvoo Pageant Adds Features (2007-07-16)
"The City of Joseph" pageant at Nauvoo has been replaced by one with a broader emphasis, and some new additions.


New Protections for Family Neighborhoods (2007-07-16)
There is some new wording on the books in Macomb to protect single family neighborhoods. The city hopes the new rules will prevent too many unrelated people from living together in R-1 and R-2 areas, which are zoned for single family homes.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-16)


McDonough Farmland ValuesDown, Home Values Up (2007-07-16)
Final assessment figures show the overall value of McDonough County's taxable property is up about two-and-a-half percent.


Council Clarifies Old Car Ordinance (2007-07-13)
Nauvoo aldermen have clarified the rules regarding keeping old cars in a residential area.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-13)


Emphasis (2007-07-12)
Rich Egger talks to McDonough County Sheriff Rick Van Brooker about his first six months in office. Van Brooker provides updates on drug issues, the jail, and the Yocum murder case.


Commission Rejects Amortization (2007-07-12)
Macomb will not turn to what's described as "a tool of last resort" to enforce zoning codes in single family neighborhoods.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-12)


Towns to Correlate Nuisance Ordinances (2007-07-12)
Several Hancock County towns plan to align their nuisance ordinances to make them easier to enforce in court.


Changes Possible for Unpopular Ordinance (2007-07-11)
Hundreds of people filled Macomb's VFW Hall for a public hearing on a controversial ordinance. The law requires driveways, parking lots, and other off-street parking areas to be paved.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-11)


Club Volunteers to Build Weight Room Building (2007-07-11)
The Carthage school board has given the Sports Booster Club permission to build a weight room on school property near the ball field.


Shop Talk (2007-07-10)
The panelists discuss the federal Freedom of Information Act, which celebrated its 40th anniversary on July 4. A watchdog group recently discovered some FOIA requests made to the federal government go unanswered for 10, 15, or even 20 years.


Carts & Containers (2007-07-10)
Macomb might require a cart system to be part of its next solid waste disposal contract. The carts are large garbage containers on wheels that residents could easily roll out to the curb.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-10)


Hare: Just Say No to Offshore Drilling (2007-07-10)
Western Illinois' congressman says the nation needs to end its dependence on foreign oil, but he's opposed to drilling for energy off America's coasts.


Mayor Wants Annexation Speeded (2007-07-10)
Rushville's mayor wants the state to act quickly on approving the annexaton of the nearby Detention and Treatment Center.


Wisslead: Make Macomb Hate-Free (2007-07-09)
Macomb's mayor wants the city to take some action in response to last week's apparent hate crimes. Mick Wisslead has asked the city's legal counsel to work on an ordinance that would make Macomb a "hate-free" zone.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-09)


Mayor: Make Macomb Hate Free (2007-07-09)
Macomb's mayor wants the city to take some action in response to last week's apparent hate crimes. Mick Wisslead has asked the city's legal counsel to work on an ordinance that would make Macomb a "hate free" zone.


A Day of Art & Music in Colchester (2007-07-08)
Colchester's Second Annual Arts Festival drew about 20 artists. In addition, a couple of bands performed throughout the day during the event in the downtown business district.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-06)


Heavy Storm Damage Impacting State Park (2007-07-06)
Argyle Lake State Park is still trying to recover from the damage caused by storms on the first day of summer. All trails are closed, part of the road around the lake is shut down, and one of the four campgrounds cannot be used.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-05)


Obama Says Illinois Needs Budget Soon (2007-07-05)
Lawmakers are returning to Springfield to continue work on a budget for the fiscal year that is already underway.Illinois' junior US Senator says his former colleagues need to finish the spending plan soon.


Additional Co-Ops Scheduled (2007-07-05)
Three Hancock County school districts will be joining forces for even more high school sports.


Emphasis (2007-07-05)
Rich Egger talks to Macomb Pool Committee member Gil Belles about an upcoming community survey. They also talk about what the committee has accomplished thus far.


Shop Talk (2007-07-03)
The panelists discuss a proposal by a pair of federal lawmakers to bring back The Fairness Doctrine. The regulation was abolished in the late 1980s. The Fairness Doctrine required that equal time be given to all sides of a political debate.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-03)


Jump Start for a Comprehensive Plan (2007-07-03)
Nauvoo's mayor is getting a head start on some of the elements of the new Comprehensive Plan the city is developing.


Hamilton To Build New Senior Center (2007-07-03)
Hamilton plans to build a new hospitality and senior center within the next two to three years.


Durbin: Bring The Troops Home (2007-07-03)
US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with McDonough County Democrats on Tuesday. Durbin said he thinks every day about what he can do to end the War in Iraq and bring the troops home.


City Prepares to Cope with Project Expansion (2007-07-03)
Bushnell municipal utility crews are gearing up to handle the expansion of a project that's just begun construction.


Obama Campaigns In Keokuk (2007-07-03)
Illinois' junior US Senator says his presidential campaign is focusing on more than just fundraising.


Afternoon Edition (2007-07-02)


Development Group Gets New Loan Fund (2007-07-02)
The Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development has a new revolving loan fund.


Cancer Treatment Center Proposed for Macomb (2007-07-02)
There are plans to build a radiation therapy center to treat cancer patients in Macomb. The Radiation Oncology Office would be located in the 400 block of East Grant Street.


Keokuk Could Eliminate Position (2007-07-02)
Keokuk could eliminate the need for a city clerk by hiring a city administrator.


In The Tri States (2007-07-01)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from June 2007.


Fruitcakes & Peaceniks (2007-07-01)
231 years ago this week, our nation's founding fathers spoke out, declaring their independence from England. Ever since then, "speaking out" has been an American tradition.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-29)


Tax Bills Could Come in Three Weeks (2007-06-29)
McDonough County Tax Bills could be in the mail within three weeks, with the first payments likely due in August.


Search To Begin for New City Administrator (2007-06-28)
Two of Macomb's aldermen will oversee the search for the next city administrator. Mayor Mick Wisslead says he will appoint Alderman At Large Chris Senn and Fourth Ward Alderman Mike Inman to the search committee next week.


Emphasis (2007-06-28)
Rich Egger talks to Peace Corps Deputy Director Jody Olsen about the Peace Corps Prep Program that will be launched at Knox College this fall.


Raven's Grin (2007-06-28)
Reporter Tyson Terhune's series "Tri States Day Trips" comes to a spooky conclusion with a trip to a haunted house that's open all year 'round. But ghostly legends are just part of the bargain at Raven's Grin, which can be found on the edge of the town of Mount Carroll.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-28)


Detachment Suit Back to Square One (2007-06-28)
A school detachment suit that began more than one year ago is being sent back to the McDonough-Hancock Regional school board.


Afternoon Edtion (2007-06-28)


Franchise On Hold In Fort Madison (2007-06-27)
Fort Madison is open to change as it works to secure a new franchise agreement with a utility company.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-27)


"Divided We Fail" Coming To Southeast Iowa (2007-06-27)
A nationwide effort is underway to make sure the presidential candidates are talking about health care and financial security.


Campus in Carthage Sold to Local Firm (2007-06-27)
After many possible sales collapsed, the former Robert Morris College campus in Carthage has been sold to a local partnership.


Beardstown Works Toward Main Street Listing (2007-06-26)
Beardstown's restored Opera House will become the keystone for the town's effort to become an Illinois Main street Community.


EEOC Files Lawsuit Against Macomb Business (2007-06-26)
A Macomb business is being sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for disability discrimination. The federal agency says Autozone refused to accomodate a worker with back and neck impairments.


Shop Talk (2007-06-26)
The panelists discuss whether local TV coverage of elections is adequate. The FCC recently rejected a complaint filed by a media reform group that contended television stations in Chicago and Milwaukee failed to broadcast sufficient coverage of state and local elections in 2004.


Fort Madison City Manager Meeting... Mayor To Run (2007-06-26)
Fort Madison residents will have a chance to weigh in Tuesday, June 26 on changing the city's current form of government.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-26)


Funding Gap Delays Housing (2007-06-26)
An affordable housng project in Beardstown needs to close a financing gap before it can get underway.


Fort Madison City Council Vacancy (2007-06-26)
Fort Madison is in the market for a new city council member.


Lake Geode State Park Gets Grant (2007-06-25)
The state will help fund a major project at a Southeast Iowa state park.


Oral Health for Low Income Rural Residents (2007-06-25)
A new dental center is being built in Macomb to serve McDonough County's low income residents. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday morning for the McDonough County Community Dental Center.


Ambulance Crew Contemplated for Macomb (2007-06-25)
Macomb's mayor says the city is looking into the possibility of creating an ambulance service. The idea is being pitched because of this month's fire that destroyed four businesses.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-25)


Eight Vying To Replace Former Burlington Mayor (2007-06-25)
Those seeking to fill the vacant seat on the Burlington City Council are getting an opportunity to make their case to serve the city.


County Seeks Billing Firm (2007-06-25)
A special Hancock County Board meeting could pick a firm to do the billing for the county's ambulance service.


Hancock County Expands Wayside Marker Program (2007-06-22)
Groups in Hancock County are expanding the number of wayside markers they'd like as part of the statewide "Looking for Lincoln" program.


Burlington Becomes "Capitol For A Day" (2007-06-22)
Southeast Iowa replaced Des Moines as the home of state government, for at least a few hours, this week.


The Town of Nauvoo (2007-06-22)
A western Illinois river town has the distinction of being home to both the oldest winery in the state and one of the nation's premiere religious attractions. In the fourth installment of "Tri States Day Trips," reporter Tyson Terhune takes us to Nauvoo.


Ambulance Options Meeting Scheduled (2007-06-22)
The Hancock County Board will hold a special meeting Tuesday to consider ambulance service options.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-22)


Keokuk Could Boost Sewer Rates (2007-06-21)
Keokuk residents could soon see a major hike in their sewer bills.


Council names Housing Committee (2007-06-21)
A new housing committee is charged with helping Rushville prepare for growth.


Emphasis (2007-06-21)
Rich Egger talks to Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau President Katherine Walker about Macomb'a annual Heritage Days celebration.


Five Move On In Search For Lee County Economic Development Director (2007-06-21)
The field vying to be Lee County's next Economic Development Director has been narrowed to 5.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-21)


Program Proposed For Hunters With Disabilities (2007-06-20)
The Macomb Park District hopes to give people with disabilities a chance to go hunting at a site near Spring Lake.


Governor Could Appoint Energy Director In Early July (2007-06-20)
Iowa's Office of Energy Independence could soon have a director.


ESDA Gets Computer Help (2007-06-20)
Illinois is bolstering its emergency preparedness by giving each county ESDA director a laptop computer with special software.


Carthage Groups Work to Refine Zoning (2007-06-20)
Three Carthage groups are working to define what zoning laws they want for newly-annexed city land near Route 336.


Shop Talk (2007-06-19)
The panelists discuss whether women in television news are still judged on their looks more than on their journalism skills.


Senior Housing Back on Track (2007-06-19)
Attorneys have resolved another delay in a senior housing project for Carthge.


Henderson Seeks Rural Water (2007-06-19)
The Henderson County Board is working toward establishing a rural water system for the county.


Pay Hikes In Lee County (2007-06-19)
All of Lee County's employees will get pay hikes during the upcoming fiscal year.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-19)


Program Eases Plant Site Selection (2007-06-18)
A GIS program being developed will make it easier for manufacturers to find an Illinois factory site that meets their needs.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-18)


WIU Has Tentative Pact with UPI (2007-06-18)
Western Illinois University has a tentative bargaining agreement with the University Professionals of Illinois.


Keokuk Public Works Director Stepping Down (2007-06-18)
Keokuk's Public Works Director is stepping down after more than 3 decades with the city.


Fulton County Bases Tourism on Natural Attractions (2007-06-18)
A Fulton County tourism effort focuses on natural sites, including lakes and wetlands.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-18)


Asking Price Drops Again (2007-06-18)
The Keokuk School Board has once again dropped the asking price for the land where the district's old Middle School once stood.


Maquoketa Caves State Park (2007-06-17)
This week, reporter Tyson Terhune's series "Tri States Day Trips" took us to a state park in eastern Iowa for a different way to get out of the sun. Maquoketa Cave's valley contains entrances to more than 30 caves.


Juneteenth in Chandler Park (2007-06-17)
Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when the last of the American slaves learned of their freedom. The day is now celebrated across the country, including in Macomb, where activities were held around the Chandler Park gazebo.


Interest Grows In Vacant Burlington City Council Seat (2007-06-15)
Burlington residents are lining up to fill a vacancy on the city council.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-15)


Grant Helps Refurbish Courthouse (2007-06-15)
A USDA grant will help pay part of the cost of repairs to the Warren County Courthouse.


Hamilton Football Field Repairs Continue (2007-06-15)
Volunteers hope to finish up the dirt work on the high school football field in Hamilton within the next week or so.


Keokuk Vision Unveiled (2007-06-14)
The Keokuk Area Vision Plan with Action was unveiled to nearly 200 on-lookers yesterday afternoon.


Affordable Housing Still Needed in Tri State Region (2007-06-14)
The need is still there for affordable workforce housing throughout the Tri-State Region.


Commission Endorses "Family" Definition (2007-06-14)
A revised definition of "family" has been endorsed by the Macomb Planning Commission.


Law Enforcement Merger Considered (2007-06-14)
Two Brown County law enforcement agencies might be merged.


County Wants to Trim Postage Cost (2007-06-14)
McDonough County will begin using e-mail more and the post office less.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-14)


Emphasis (2007-06-14)
Jason Parrott talks to Mark Smidt, who is Steering Committee Co-Chair for Keokuk's Vision Plan With Action.


Late Payments Curb City Spending (2007-06-13)
New Illinois regulations on farmland assessment will mean Rushville won't get some of its property tax money until late fall.


Lengthy Pact for Macomb Teachers (2007-06-13)
The Macomb Board of Education has approved a four-year contract agreement with teachers. It has also been ratified by the Macomb Education Association.


Franchise Talks In Fort Madison (2007-06-13)
Fort Madison residents could soon notice a slight increase in their natural gas bills.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-13)


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-12)


Committee to Ask Full Board About County Administrator (2007-06-12)
A McDonough County Board Committee will ask the full board whether it should continue looking into the idea of a county administrator.


Wind Power Survey Attracting Interest (2007-06-12)
A survey of wind speeds around Illinois is attracting interest from developers.


Lee County Jail Expansion To Go To The Voters (2007-06-12)
Voters will decide the future of the Lee County Jail later this summer.


Shop Talk (2007-06-12)
The panelists discuss recent comments made by former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw, who says he's disappointed with the direction of the network. Shaw told WTTW (public television) in Chicago that CNN continues to ape many of the on-air mannerisms of the Fox News Network.


Improving the Public Image (2007-06-12)
Macomb aldermen are reviewing a proposal to cleanup the city's appearance. The ordinance would prohibit trailers and abandoned vehicles from being used for long-term storage in residential and commercial areas.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-12)


Fewer Cuts Likely at Central Lee (2007-06-12)
Fewer staff cuts could be needed to close one Southeast Iowa school district's budget shortfall.


Council Meetings to Vary Location (2007-06-11)
Rushville's new mayor plans to hold some of the city council meetings away from city hall.


Havana to Expand Concert Crowds with Transport (2007-06-11)
The Havana Park District is working with the Chamber of Commerce to broaden attendance at the Brown Bag lunch concerts.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-11)


Dust Ordinance Blown Away (2007-06-11)
It appears a city ordinance in Macomb is headed for the dust heap of history. The 10-year old law would have required all driveways and parking lots to have dust free surfaces by November of this year.


The Presidency & The Power of Words (2007-06-11)
The co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College says the idea for his highly acclaimed new book came about after he was contacted by the Library of Congress. Douglas Wilson was asked to help transcribe and annotate the institution's Lincoln papers for the web.


Keokuk Addresses Declining Graduation Rates (2007-06-11)
Keokuk plans to form a task force to deal with declining graduation rates.


Grant Restocks Fire Trucks (2007-06-11)
A state grant for more than $21,000 will upgrade some of the equipment on the LaHarpe Fire Protection District pumpers.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-08)


Bishop Hill (2007-06-08)
Reporter Tyson Terhune's series "Tri States Day Trips" continues with a visit to a quiet community that has residents living and working in the same buildings that their ancestors used more than 150 years ago.


Franchise Agreement A Step Closer In Keokuk (2007-06-08)
Keokuk is one step closer to signing a 25-year franchise agreement with a local utility.


New Well On Schedule (2007-06-08)
Engineers told Rushville aldermen the city's new well should be on-line by September.


Burlington Mayor Steps Down (2007-06-07)
Burlington will have a little more than a month to fill a vacancy on the city council and in the mayor's office.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-07)


Police Chief Resigns (2007-06-07)
Blandinsville's police chief has resigned, but will remain with the department as a patrolman.


Emphasis (2007-06-07)
Rich Egger talks to Macomb School Superintendent Fran Karanovich, who will retire at the end of the month.


No Cause Determined for Fire (2007-06-07)
Macomb Fire Chief Andy Taylor says it's still not known what started a fire on the city's west side on Wednesday. The fire destroyed a building that housed four businesses.


Blaze Destroys Office Building (2007-06-06)
A fire in Macomb destroyed a commercial building with four businesses in it Wednesday morning.


Repairs to Hamilton Football Field Could Begin Soon (2007-06-06)
Volunteers could start moving Hamilton's high school football field this weekend.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-06)


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-05)


Jail Meeting Set for June 12 in Fort Madison (2007-06-05)
The Lee County Board of Supervisors, and the general public, will soon get a look at renovation plans for the county's jail.


Shop Talk (2007-06-05)
The panelists talk about coverage of last week's angry outburst by Illinois State Senator Mike Jacobs. The lawmaker told reporters the governor threatened a major project in his district if he did not vote for the funding plan for the governor's health care proposal.


Permit Now Required for Outdoor Dining (2007-06-05)
Macomb restaurants will need to obtain a permit in order to offer al fresco dining.


Next Step Taken On Bridge Projects (2007-06-04)
Macomb will spend $90,700 for design engineering work on the Wigwam Hollow Road bridge.


County Bolsters Emergency Preparedness (2007-06-04)
Fulton County's ESDA organization is setting up a radio system that lets all first responders talk to each other from anywhere in the county.


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-04)


Keokuk Could Add New Residential Housing (2007-06-04)
A state-wide revolving loan fund could lead to more residential housing in Keokuk.


Coping With Late Funding (2007-06-04)
The Brown County School District is planning to cope with late payments of property tax money.


Eating Ice Cream & Raising Money (2007-06-03)
The Western Illinois Museum once again enjoyed sweet success with an annual fundraising event.


In The Tri States (2007-06-03)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from May 2007.


Former President Delivers Message of Unity (2007-06-03)
Knox College has awarded honorary degrees to two US presidents. The first was Abraham Lincoln. The second was given his over the weekend.


Poll: County Residents Generally Satisfied (2007-06-01)
A poll of McDonough County residents found they are generally satisfied with their communities.


Wildlife Prairie State Park (2007-06-01)
Record high gas prices might cause some people to think about planning summer vacations that are a bit closer to home. To help you with that planning, reporter Tyson Terhune will share stories about local treasures with his five-part series "Tri States Day Trips."


Afternoon Edition (2007-06-01)


Mapping to Delay Tax Bills (2007-05-31)
Property tax bills will be late in Brown County this year and the payments to local governments even later.


Outlook Good for Water Expansion (2007-05-31)
The West Prairie Water Cooperative is hopeful it will qualify for a second grant to expand its system.


Bike Ride Will Highlight Mississippi River Trail (2007-05-31)
Supporters hope a five-day bike ride across Iowa will raise awareness of the Mississippi River Trail.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-31)


City Administrator Talks / New Fire Truck (2007-05-31)
Keokuk could have a city administrator in place this fall.


Historic Preservation Expert Speaks In Keokuk (2007-05-30)
A nationally-known historic preservation expert says historic buildings must play a key role in developing communities such as Keokuk.


LaHood Calls for Strict Immigration Enforcement (2007-05-30)
West central Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood says he wants a comprehensive immigration bill that would seal the borders.


Mayor Wants New Well Operating ASAP (2007-05-30)
Rushville's mayor is urging contractors to complete a new well as soon as possible.


Purple Heart Medal Comes Late (2007-05-30)
A Rushville man has received his Purple Heart Medal forty years after he earned it in Viet Nam.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-30)


Warsaw, Nauvoo-Colusa Explore Deactivation (2007-05-29)
Two West-Central Illinois school districts are now exploring a seldom-used method of school reorganization.


Shop Talk (2007-05-29)
The panelists talk about job prospects for journalists graduating from college this year. Traditional media outlets are cutting back on jobs but it's possible that graduates might find positions in new media.


Emphasis (2007-05-29)
Jason Parrott talks to self-made billionaire Ken Hendricks, who owns the Southeastern Iowa Port Terminal.


Ethanol Plant Ready to Hire (2007-05-29)
The Central Illinois Energy ethanol plant south of Canton is ready to hire production workers.


Macomb Won't Close Bridges (2007-05-29)
Macomb will repair two small bridges in the southeast part of town instead of permanently closing them.


Emphasis (2007-05-29)
Jason Parrott talks to State Representative Phil Wise (D-Keokuk) about the 2007 legislative session.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-29)


Colchester Installs Veterans Memorial (2007-05-29)
Colchester dedicated its first veterans memorial over the Memorial Day weekend.


Guard Practices Rescue Techniques (2007-05-28)
Members of the Illinois National Guard based in Macomb and Monmouth joined more than 2,000 others for drills in rescue techniques.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-28)


An Uphill Battle: The Snake Alley Criterium (2007-05-27)
For motorsport fans, Memorial Day weekend means the Indy 500. But it's also a big weekend for those who race bicycles, and for them Burlington is the place to be.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-25)


Rural Water System Half Completed (2007-05-25)
The West Prairie Water Cooperative is closer to serving its members.


Presidential Candidate Wants Better Troop Support (2007-05-25)
One of the Democratic candidates for President says more must be done for troops fighting overseas and for their families back home.


Hancock County to Review Ambulance Service (2007-05-24)
Hancock County's board will schedule a committee-of-the-whole meeting to discuss approaches to maintaining a county-wide ambulance service.


Keokuk Considers New Parks Director (2007-05-24)
Keokuk is looking into hiring a new parks director.


City Office Hours to Change (2007-05-24)
Bushnell will align the work schedules of its utility workers and the office staff.


Guaranteeing Healthcare for Veterans (2007-05-23)
With Memorial Day approaching, an Illinois congressman wants to honor veterans by ensuring there is money to pay for their health care services.


Council Condemns Campus Property (2007-05-23)
The Bushnell city council has condemned a downtown building at the request of Carl Sandburg College.


Central Lee Could Go Tobacco-Free Despite Delay (2007-05-23)
A voting delay is not expected to prevent another Southeast Iowa school district from becoming tobacco-free this fall.


Container Port Might Speed Route 67 Work (2007-05-22)
A container port being constructed in Beardstown could also help speed progress on the four-laning of U-S route 67.


Bushnell Water, Sewer Rates to Go Up (2007-05-22)
Bushnell residents will pay more for water and sewer service next month.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-22)


Shop Talk (2007-05-22)
The sheriff's department in Will County, IL has started doing podcasts to disseminate information. A spokesperson says "This is a news program." The panelists discuss whether it's accurate to call a sheriff's department's podcast "a news program."


Legal Services Contract Shortened (2007-05-22)
Macomb aldermen have revised the contract with the city's legal counsel. The pact is now for one year instead of four.


County May Not Help Clean Up Properties (2007-05-22)
The Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce wants two properties near the city's entrances cleaned up. Lee County may not be able to help, even though the properties are in the county.


Fish and Sediment Studies at Spring Lake (2007-05-21)
The WIU Biology Department is coordinating a couple of studies at Spring Lake. They're being done in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-21)


Peace Corps Fellows Get Extra Internship (2007-05-21)
Five returned Peace Corps volunteers will finish 11-month internships this summer and seek jobs.


Bowling Event Brings In $44,000. (2007-05-21)
The 10th annual Bowl For Kids Sake in Keokuk brought in more than $44,000.


Clean-Up Almost Complete In Keokuk (2007-05-21)
The giant white tent that has stood for months along Keokuk's Main Street has finally been taken down.


Homeless Children to Get School Supplies (2007-05-21)
The Feed the Children Foundation is providing backpacks with school supplies and food to more than 11-hundred children in west central Illinois.


Another Shorthanded Summer for MPD (2007-05-21)
Macomb's police chief still thinks the department needs more officers. For a few years now, Chief Mike Galloway has asked aldermen to increase the number of sworn officers from 26 to 28.


Clark County Courthouse "Endangered" (2007-05-18)
A Northeast Missouri courthouse has been deisgnated as one of the state's most endangered historic properties.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-18)


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-17)


Emphasis (2007-05-17)
Jason Parrott talks to State Representative Phil Wise (D-Keokuk) about the recently concluded 2007 session of the Iowa legislature.


Keokuk Fire Update (2007-05-17)
Keokuk's fire chief says it could be weeks, or even months, before the cause of a deadly house fire is determined.


Emphasis (2007-05-17)
Jason Parrott talks to State Representative Phil Wise (D-Keokuk) about the recently concluded 2007 session of the Iowa legislature.


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Children Died From Smoke Inhalation (2007-05-16)
The smoke from a house fire in Keokuk, Tuesday morning, is what appears to have killed two young siblings.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-16)


Pool Committee: All Options Remain (2007-05-16)
A member of the Macomb pool committee said this week that all options remain on the table. Chuck Wrenn said those options include construction of a standard pool, an aquatic center, or a water park.


Investigation Continues In Deadly Fire In Keokuk (2007-05-15)
Investigators are still on the scene of a fire in Keokuk that killed two children early this morning.


Shop Talk (2007-05-15)
The topic is a job posting by an on-line newspaper. The paper says it's looking for "a newspaper journalist based in India to report on the city government and political scene of Pasadena, California."


Tin Cans, Squeems & Thudpies (2007-05-15)
The work of a renowned rock critic from Macomb will be celebrated this weekend. Readings will be done from a collection of the writings of Rick Johnson. The book, which was released this year, is "Rick Johnson Reader: Tin Cans, Squeems & Thudpies.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-15)


Burlington Crafting Budget, Breaking Ground (2007-05-14)
The Burlington School District does not believe major cuts will be needed to balance its budget for the 2007-2008 school year.


Historic District Proposed In Keokuk (2007-05-14)
Some building owners in Keokuk are looking to develop a historic district.


Burlington Crafting Budget, Breaking Ground (2007-05-14)
The Burlington School District does not believe major cuts will be needed to balance its budget for the 2007-2008 school year.


Macomb Drops Proposed Alfresco Fee (2007-05-14)
Macomb aldermen are backing off the idea of charging a permit fee for sidewalk cafes.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-14)


Burlington Crafting Budget, Breaking Ground (2007-05-14)
The Burlington School District does not believe major cuts will be needed to balance its budget for the 2007-2008 school year.


Committee Surveys Manager Duties (2007-05-14)
A McDonough County ad hoc committee is surveying board members to determine what they think a county manager should be responsible for.


Zoning Changes Could Cover Wind Turbines (2007-05-14)
Nauvoo is revising its ordinances to include provisions for wind turbines.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-11)


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-10)


Gilbert: Get Involved! (2007-05-10)
A long-time public servant in McDonough County feels people have an obligation to get involved in their community.


Tax Bills Late This Year (2007-05-10)
Many local governments in western Illinois will be getting their tax payments later than usual this year.


Traffic Signal Study Discussions On Hold (2007-05-10)
It looks like a proposed traffic signal study in Keokuk could be off the table.


Emphasis (2007-05-10)
Rich Egger talks to Janice Welsch, who is co-coordinator of the 14th Annual Dealing With Difference Institute at WIU. The Institute will be held May 21 & 22.


Carthage to Get New Hospital Building (2007-05-10)
After an 18-month study, the Board of Directors of Carthage Memorial Hospital has decided to replace its present building.


Threats Can Have Educational, Criminal Penalties (2007-05-10)
Kids who make bomb or shooting threats at a school can face both educational and criminal penalties.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-09)


Rushville to Monitor Spending (2007-05-09)
Rushville aldeermen have adopted an about $3.1 million appropriation ordinace for the city's new fiscal year.


Parting Advice from Alderman (2007-05-09)
An alderman who served for a quarter-century on the Macomb City Council shared some advice before he left the panel this week.


School Board President Wants More Discussion (2007-05-09)
The President of the Keokuk School Board wants to make the public more aware of what the district is working on.


Board to Vote on New Animal Control Administrator (2007-05-09)
The McDonough County Board will be asked to confirm the appointment of a new administrator for its animal control program.


Board Renews Drop-In-Center Contract (2007-05-08)
Lee County's Drop-In Center will remain open for another year.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-08)


Shop Talk (2007-05-08)
The topic is an Open Meetings Act complaint filed against the Macomb Planning Commission. The Illinois Attorney General's office has decided against taking any action in the case.


Goal: Depot Renovation (2007-05-08)
Bushnell city council members plan to find help in renovating the town's old freight depot.


Aldermen OK Severance Package (2007-05-08)
The severance package for former Macomb City Administrator Mike Hays includes a $22,000 lump sum payment.


County Working on Assessment Problems (2007-05-08)
Cass County administrators are working on the county's assessment procedures and software.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-07)


Celebrating 175 Years in 175 Seconds (2007-05-07)
This story earned First Place in the Best Use of Sound category of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association Contest and it won the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio & Television News Directors Association in the Use of Sound category for the four state region that includes Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.


H2O (2007-05-07)
This feature won First Place in the General Reporting category of the Iowa Associated Press Broadcasters Contest.


The Mainstreaming of the Backyard Garden (2007-05-07)
This story won First Place for Farm-Agribusiness reporting in the Iowa Associated Press Broadcasters Contest.


An Education Behind Bars (2007-05-07)
This story was honored with First Place in the Feature category of the Iowa Associated Press Broadcasters Contest.


What Is Roots Music? (2007-05-07)
This half-hour documentary earned First Place in the Best Series or Documentary category of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association Contest.


Construction Begins on New Port (2007-05-07)
Earth-moving has begun for the new American Inland Port to be built near Beardstown on the Illinois River.


School Board Reverses Cut (2007-05-07)
The Keokuk School Board will not cut as many staff members, as previously proposed, to balance its budget for next year.


NWS Revises Tornado Wind Speed Estimates (2007-05-07)
The National Weather Service is using a new scale to measure tornado wind speeds and damage.


SE Iowa Must Still Fight For Prison (2007-05-07)
A recent study may improve Fort Madison's chances of keeping the Iowa State Penitentiary.


The Singing Senior (2007-05-07)
This story won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting in the four state region that includes Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. It will now be considered for the national award in that category.


Cass County Assessed Value to Drop (2007-05-07)
An agreement between the Cargill Pork Processing Plant and Cass County will cut the plant's value from $29 million to $13 million.


David vs Goliath (2007-05-07)
This story earned First Place for Political Reporting in the Iowa Associated Press Broadcasters Contest.


Go West Goes for Security (2007-05-06)
This year, WIU became one of the only universities in the nation to add security to its buses.


New School Board President for Macomb (2007-05-06)
It's a time of transition for the Macomb School District. It will soon have a new superintendent, and now it has a new board president.


In The Tri States (2007-05-04)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from April 2007.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-04)


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-04)


MSD Will Not Combine Principal Positions (2007-05-03)
The Macomb School District is looking for ways to save money, but it will not do so by combining the middle school and senior high school principal positions.


Havana to Seek Enterprise Zone (2007-05-03)
Havana Economic Development Coordinator Terry Svob is preparing an application for the city to join the Western Illinois Economic Development Authority enterprise zone.


Emphasis (2007-05-03)
Rich Egger talks to WIU management professor Bill Maakestad, who is co-author of "Corporate Crime Under Attack: The Fight to Criminalize Business Violence."


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-03)


Traffic Study Rejected... For The Time Being (2007-05-03)
A 30 day study of Keokuk's downtown traffic signals is once again on hold, at least for the time being.


Arrest Made in Burlington (2007-05-02)
An arrest has been made in connection to a pair of church fires in Burlington.


Development Groups Sign Pact (2007-05-02)
Two economic devlopment groups will begin working together under a new letter of understanding.


Carthage to Drop Surcharge, Hike Water Rates (2007-05-02)
Carthage will drop its water surcharge after the end of this month, but will likely hike its water rates as well.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-02)


A Tiff Over a TIF District (2007-05-01)
The Macomb School District says Tax Increment Finance districts are not necessarily bad, but it's not ready to endorse any plan for renewing the TIF district in Macomb.


Shop Talk (2007-05-01)
The topic is Arbitron's decision to start using portable people meters rather than diaries to measure radio listenership.


Carthage to Get Supported Living Apartments (2007-05-01)
Construction could begin by next month on a 20-unit apartment complex for seniors.


Investigation Into Church Fires Continue (2007-05-01)
Safety concerns have delayed the investigation into a fire that destroyed a 118-year old church in Burlington.


A Tiff Over a TIF District (2007-05-01)
The Macomb School District says Tax Increment Finance districts are not necessarily bad, but it's not ready to endorse any plan for renewing the TIF district in Macomb.


Afternoon Edition (2007-05-01)


Macomb Seeks Forest Diversity (2007-04-30)
This year's Arbor Day planting for Macomb is part of a plan to increase the number of species in the town's inventory.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-30)


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-30)


Lee County School Considers Smoke-Free Campus (2007-04-30)
Efforts are underway to make another Lee County school district tobacco-free.


Equine Program Helps Disabled (2007-04-30)
The McDonough County Special Recreation Association demonstrated its ANGEL program over the weekend. It uses an introduction to horsemanship to help both the physically and mentally challenged.


TIF District Needed for Lamoine Project (2007-04-30)
A developer says the future of the Lamoine Hotel project in Macomb hinges on the future of the city's TIF district.


Battle of Pea Ridge (2007-04-29)
The 20th Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Pea Ridge brought thousands to Keokuk this past weekend.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-27)


Hamilton's Football Field Out Of Compliance (2007-04-27)
Hamilton's high school football field needs some work before future games can be played on it.


Keokuk Property Could Soon Come Down (2007-04-27)
Safety concerns could lead to the demolition of a property along Keokuk's Main Street.


Hancock Meeting Considers Ambulance Options (2007-04-27)
An ad hoc group in Hancock County is gathering information to see if private ambulance contractors would like to bid on providing service.


Emphasis (2007-04-26)
Jason Parrott talks to Keokuk Tourism Director Kirk Brandenberger about the 20th Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Pea Ridge.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-26)


Boards Oppose New Gun Regulations (2007-04-26)
Two western Illinois county boards have gone on record as being opposed to gun control laws being discussed by state lawmakers.


Ramsey Pleads Guilty (2007-04-26)
A Keokuk pleaded guilty to numerous charges on Wednesday, just before his murder retrial was about to begin. Daniel Ramsey was accused of killing two Hancock County girls in 1996 and trying to kill three other people.


City Prepares for Water Expansion (2007-04-26)
Carthage aldermen have asked the city's engineers to prepare for a pair of test wells near the town's reservoir.


Keokuk Traffic Study Delayed? (2007-04-26)
It remains unclear if a traffic signal study in downtown Keokuk can get underway next week.


Council Approves First TIF Project (2007-04-25)
Carthage aldermen have approved their first development project in the town's new TIF district.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-25)


Summers New Hamilton School Board President (2007-04-25)
Hamilton's new school board president says one of his goals is to further explore the idea of school reorganization.


Security To Tighten At Burlington Middle School (2007-04-25)
Security at Burlington's Oak Street Middle School will be much tighter after a written threat was discovered.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-24)


Shop Talk (2007-04-24)
The topic is Freedom of Information Act requests filed with Illinois State Police. A study by the Springfield State Journal-Register found the agency routinely turns down requests for public information and sometimes ignores them altogether.


SRC Picks Mudcat as New Mascot (2007-04-24)
The Mudcat catfish is the new mascot of Spoon River College.


Closure of Street Not a Done Deal (2007-04-24)
Western Illinois University would like to close Murray Street through campus, but it appears the city is balking at the idea.


Writer Blames Liberals for 9-11 Attacks (2007-04-24)
A writer known for stirring things up did just that during an appearance at Western Illinois University on Monday night.


Plans Change for Care Facility (2007-04-23)
The plans are being changed for a proposed health care center in Bushnell.


Budget Cuts Likely At Central Lee (2007-04-23)
Balancing next year's budget could require some major cuts by the Central Lee School Board, but the amount that must be trimmed is still unknown.


Keokuk May Help Pay For Sidewalk Repairs (2007-04-23)
The Keokuk City Council appears to be ready to develop a new sidewalk repair program, but how to pay for it remains in question.


Green Means More Than Money for Some Bands (2007-04-23)
It seems the whole world is becoming more concerned about environmental issues. It's no different in the world of rock, where bands such as Guster are speaking out about environmental issues.


Lee County To Review MHDD Services (2007-04-23)
Lee County will review the services provided to residents at one of its apartment buildings.


Recycling Center Re-opens (2007-04-23)
It took longer than expected, but Bridgeway's recycling center in Macomb is finally back in business.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-23)


Thomas: Media Let The Country Down (2007-04-23)
Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas thinks the US media dropped the ball during the Bush administration.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-20)


Keokuk Health Care Providers To Work Closer Together (2007-04-20)
Keokuk's entire health care community could soon start working together to improve service and efficiency.


Food Pantry to Move (2007-04-20)
Hancock County's food pantry is moving from the Health Department, where it has been for years.


Emphasis (2007-04-19)
Rich Egger talks to WIU Women's Center Director Janine Cavicchia and Women's Center graduate assistant Brittney Hester about Equal Pay Day, which will be observed on April 24.


The Ancient World on Film (2007-04-19)
The ancient world has been portrayed in numerous films and TV shows. But how accurate are those portrayals? A presentation in Macomb will examine that issue.


Construction Brings Higher Water, Sewer Fees (2007-04-19)
Bushnell's mayor says regular updates and some new construction will call for higher water and sewer fees.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-19)


County Might Try Solar to Cut Bills (2007-04-19)
McDonough County board member Earl Godt is looking into grants that could help the county cut its electric bills.


Late Burlington Police Chief Called A Cop's Cop (2007-04-19)
Burlington's acting police chief says his late boss was truly a Cop's Cop.


New 2nd Ward Alderman In Keokuk (2007-04-19)
The Keokuk City Council is once again full as a vacancy has been filled.


Portraits Honor Fallen Soldiers (2007-04-18)
The Portrait of a Soldier exhibit gives viewers a chance to see the faces of 150 Illinois soldiers who gave their lives in the global war on terror. Those drawings are now on display in Macomb.


Race Now A Tie In Hancock County (2007-04-18)
One of Tuesday's closest races in Hancock County has now gotten even closer.


Bushnell Reaches Police Pact (2007-04-18)
Bushnell aldermen have approved a new two-year contract with the city's full-time police.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-18)


Illini West Nears Lease Agreement (2007-04-18)
The Illini West school district is near to completing an agreement to use the Carthage High School building.


West-Central Illinois Election Results (2007-04-18)
Despite Tuesday's ideal weather, the voter turnout was generally light throughout the region.


Lee County Jail Plan Could Be Coming (2007-04-18)
The Lee County Board of Supervisors could soon get a look at renovation plans for the county jail.


Shop Talk (2007-04-17)
The topic is citizen journalists. A TV station in California laid off most of its news staff and is asking the community to help provide local coverage.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-17)


Exercise, Lunch, & Awareness In Keokuk (2007-04-17)
Organizers hope an event in Keokuk that combines exercise and lunch will also raise awareness about sexual violence.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-16)


State & Federal Money for Lee County (2007-04-16)
Two Lee County communities are receiving state and federal money for some long-awaited projects.


Corn Crop Delays (2007-04-16)
The recent shift in weather, from cold to warm and back to cold, is leading to some anxious moments for local farmers.


Beardstown Getting Bigger Barge Facilities (2007-04-16)
A new firm in Beardstown is building facilities to handle large quantities of containerized shipping.


Jury Deadlocked in in Mock Rape Trial (2007-04-14)
The first-ever mock rape trial conducted by the Western Illinois Regional Council was a good demonstration of why some sexual assault cases are so difficult to prosecute.


Bowl For Kids Sake In Keokuk (2007-04-13)
Teams are forming for the 10th annual Bowl for Kids' Sake in Keokuk.


Lending Firm Ends Rebates to WIU on Student Loans (2007-04-13)
Western Illinois University has received almost $5,000 in rebates from a firm that makes private loans to students.


Environmental Study in Keokuk (2007-04-12)
The results of an environmental analysis on a property across from Lincoln Elementary in Keokuk could be known in about one month.


Keokuk To Turn Off Some Traffic Lights (2007-04-12)
Keokuk wants to see the impact of eliminating more than a half dozen traffic signals on Main Street.


Big Change Coming to Macomb City Hall (2007-04-12)
Macomb is in the market for a new city administrator. Sources close to the situation tell Tri States Public Radio that current City Administrator Mike Hays is on the way out.


County to Update Liquor Ordinance (2007-04-12)
McDonough County will have to update its liquor ordinances.


Actor Calls for Activism (2007-04-12)
Award winning actor and social activist Danny Glover spoke to a full house at WIU's Western Hall Wednesday night. He called for a radical revolution of values.


Emphasis (2007-04-12)
Rich Egger talks to Veronica Goei, who is executive director of Estrella Family Services in San Jose, CA. She came to west-central Illinois recently to speak to parents in Beardstown and students at WIU.


Wisslead - Time For A Different Direction (2007-04-12)
Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead has confirmed that he will not reappoint City Administrator Mike Hays.


Illinois Election - Hancock County Public Safety Sales Tax (2007-04-11)
One of the tax referendums on Tuesday's ballot in Hancock County could be met with opposition.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-11)


Mayor Angry Over Federal Delays (2007-04-11)
Beardstown's mayor is becoming angry at the lack of federal help to restore the town's riverfront connection.


Prediction: Public Places All Smoke-Free (2007-04-11)
A franchise restaurant owner predicts all public places will be smoke-free in a few years.


Lee County Road Projects Delayed (2007-04-10)
Several major road construction projects in Lee County will be delayed because of a lack of money.


Shop Talk (2007-04-10)
The panelists talk about video blogger Josh Wolf, who spent 226 days in prison before being released after reaching a deal with prosecutors.


Hare Making the Rounds (2007-04-10)
Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) is touring the district this week to talk about his first 100 days in office. That tour brought him to Macomb, where he talked about education issues during a stop at WIU.


County Manager Might be in the Offing (2007-04-10)
McDonough County now has a sub-committee that will investigate whether it should create the position of manager or administrator.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-10)


Mayor Calls for Immigration Enforcement (2007-04-09)
Beardstown's mayor has been in Washington calling for stricter immigration enforcement.


City Could Seek New Power Supplier (2007-04-09)
Macomb is moving forward with plans to seek a new energy supplier. Aldermen will be asked next week to allow the city to request proposals from suppliers.


Transportation Contract Coming Due In Lee County (2007-04-09)
Lee County will have a couple of options to choose from when it comes to providing transportation for certain residents.


Keokuk School District To Cut Staff (2007-04-09)
The Keokuk School District will balance next year's budget by cutting staff.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-09)


Multi-Township Referendum (2007-04-09)
Voters in a multi-township district in McDonough County will be asked to approve a referendum next week. It seeks to increase the tax levy beyond what P-TELL allows.


Candidate for Rushville Mayor - Scott Thompson (2007-04-08)
46-year old Scott Thompson has been a Rushville alderman for four years. He's also the local general manager for Schwan's Food Company in Macomb.


Mock Rape Trial Designed to Raise Awareness (2007-04-08)
The Western Illinois Regional Council will try something new as it attempts to make more people aware of the problem of sexual assault.


Candidate for Rushville Mayor - Lynn Smith (2007-04-08)
70-year old Lynn Smith served as mayor from 1999-2003. He's a retired highway commissioner and says he has the time and energy to serve Rushville as mayor.


Congressman Says States Need More Say In Testing (2007-04-06)
One Southeast Iowa lawmaker says each state should have more of a say in academic testing standards.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-06)


Partial Funding Allotted for Brick Streets (2007-04-06)
As part of the preparation for next year's budget, Rushville aldermen approved allotting $40,000 for repaving brick streets around the square from motor fuel tax funds.


Emphasis (2007-04-05)
Rich Egger talks to Dr David Seibold, who is a Professor of Communication at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Seibold visited Macomb to deliver WIU's 17th Annual Thompson Lecture, which is sponsored by the Department of Communication and the College of Fine Arts and Communication.


Pottery Plant to Get EPA Cleanup (2007-04-05)
The former Abingdon Sanitary Pottery plant will get an EPA cleanup to remove high levels of lead in the soil.


Macomb Second Ward Alderman (2007-04-05)
Voters in Macomb's new second ward will choose their alderman in the April 17 election. The thing is, though, no one filed in time to get their name on the ballot. But one person has filed to run as a write-in candidate.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-05)


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (2007-04-05)
Progress is being made as Lee County tries to reduce the frequency of child abuse cases within its borders.


LaHarpe to Vote on Ambulance Tax (2007-04-05)
Residents in the LaHarpe Fire Protection District will vote April 17 on whether to tax themselves to support their own ambulance service.


Colchester to Vote on Sales Tax for Street Work (2007-04-04)
Colchester residents will vote on a half-cent sales tax for street work in the April 17 election.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-04)


7th Tri-State Development Summit in Canton, MO (2007-04-04)
More than 400 community, political, and business leaders met with Northeast Missouri, today, to continue work on a number of regional improvements.


Medication Coillection to be Organized (2007-04-03)
A collection of old medication will be organized by the Tri County Resource and Waste Management Council.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-03)


Jobs to be Added to Training Program (2007-04-03)
A Workforce Investment Board job training program will add public sector jobs this summer.


Leak Repaired But Pool's Future Remains Uncertain (2007-04-03)
While the leak has been repaired at Macomb's Glenwood Pool, an alderman believes the pool does not have much life left in it.


Congressman Says Potential Veto Wrong Move (2007-04-03)
One Southeast Iowa lawmaker says it would be wrong for President Bush to veto a military spending bill.


Shop Talk (2007-04-03)
The panelists discuss the ways candidates try to circumvent reporters and the public in order to avoid the hard questions and control the message.


Lee County's Drop-In Center Succeeding (2007-04-03)
Lee County's Drop-In Center is busting at the seams .


Students Seek Mascot Change (2007-04-02)
The entire Spoon River College region will have the chance to vote on a new mascot for the school.


Hillary Clinton Campaigns In Lee County (2007-04-02)
One of the frontrunners in the race for the White House says the next US President must set clear goals for the country.


Costs Decline as Landfill Closure Nears (2007-04-02)
Annual costs are going down as Carthage gets closer to the final closing of the city landfill.


Fuel Flowing At Keokuk Biodiesel Plant (2007-04-02)
Thousands of gallons of biodiesel fuel are now flowing out of a relatively-new production plant in Southeast Iowa.


Speed Limit Will Remain the Same (2007-04-02)
The Illinois Department of Transportation says it will not reduce the speed limit on Route 67 in Macomb.


Afternoon Edition (2007-04-02)


Illinois Election - Nauvoo School Tax Hike (2007-04-02)
Residents of the Nauvoo-Colusa School District must decide on April 17 whether their school should remain independent.


In The Tri States (2007-04-01)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from March 2007.


What Is Roots Music? (2007-03-31)
This half hour documentary won First Place for Best Series/Documentary in the Downstate Radio division of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association Journalism Excellence Contest.


Celebrating 175 Years in 175 Seconds (2007-03-31)
This story won the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Use of Sound in Small Market Radio. It also received First Place for Best Use of Sound in the Downstate Radio division of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association Journalism Excellence Contest.


The Singing Senior (2007-03-31)
This story received the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting in Small Market Radio.


NE Missouri District Asking For Tax Hike (2007-03-30)
One Northeast Missouri school district is asking its voters for some help in paying for basic operating expenses.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-30)


Emphasis (2007-03-29)
Jason Parrott talks to Michelle Heninger of the Illinois Board of Education. They discuss school reorganization issues.


Carthage Has TIF District, Seeks Development (2007-03-29)
Carthage aldermen have approved the town's Tax Increment Financing District and are looking at different ways to develop it.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-29)


Teacher Charged in Child Porn Case (2007-03-29)
A man who had been working as a substitute teacher in the Macomb School District is charged with possession of child pornography.


Dispatcher Shortage (2007-03-29)
McDonough County's Dispatch Center wants to add some full-time staffers to ease the overload on its part-time workers.


Authority Gets First Enterprise Zone (2007-03-28)
The Western Illinois Economic Development Authority has created its first enterprise zone.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-28)


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-28)


Search To Begin Soon In Lee County (2007-03-28)
The Lee County Economic Development Group has yet to establish a timeline for finding a new economic development director.


Health Insurance Proposal Explained (2007-03-27)
The Illinois Public Health Director is touring the state to boost the governor's new health care proposals.


Keokuk To Get New Fire Trucks (2007-03-27)
The Keokuk Fire Department is upgrading its fleet.


Shop Talk (2007-03-27)
The topic is a pair of apparent violations of the Open Meetings Act by local governments in McDonough County. The incidents happened within the past couple weeks.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-27)


Funding Established for LCEDG (2007-03-27)
The Lee County Economic Development Group could receive more than $750-thousand dollars to continue its work for three more years.


LaHarpe Gains Housing Rehab Funds (2007-03-27)
LaHarpe will have some of its homes upgraded with a $360,000 grant from the Illinois Housing Development Authority.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-26)


Watershed to get New Management Plan (2007-03-26)
Nutrient levels are too high in Macomb's Spring Lake, so federal money is paying to develop a management plan for the watershed.


Code and Zoning Concerns Continue (2007-03-26)
Macomb aldermen spent more time discussing housing and zoning issues Monday night, and it's clear the matter remains a work in progress.


Organizations Trying For Port Money (2007-03-26)
Nearly a dozen projects could be in line for some funding through the Southeast Iowa Regional Economic & Port Authority.


More Keokuk Streets To Be Repaired (2007-03-26)
Keokuk may speed up its multi-year, multi-million dollar street repair program.


Give Peace A Chance (2007-03-26)
In what's become an annual event, demonstrators marched in Macomb's Chandler Park over the weekend to call for an end to the war in Iraq.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-23)


SRC Trims Offerings (2007-03-23)
Spoon River College is curtailing some of its technology and career programs.


Keokuk Park Board Looking For Public Input (2007-03-23)
The Keokuk Park Board is looking for the public's help in securing some grant money.


Grant Establishes Labs for New Program (2007-03-22)
A 50-thousand dollar grant from State Farm will set up two labs for WIU's new major in telecommunications management.


Doing the Heavy Lifting (2007-03-22)
Walk into any gym across the country and you're likely to see a stereotypical weightlifter - a muscular male wearing a tank top. But reporter Alex Heuer found that lifters come in different sizes and ages - and are not always male.


Emphasis (2007-03-22)
Jason Parrott talks to Fort Madison School District Superintendent Kenneth Marang.


Fort Madison Water Plant Moving Forward (2007-03-22)
Fort Madison could start working, as soon as next week, on securing the necessary land for its new water plant.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-22)


County to Review Administrator Concept (2007-03-22)
The McDonough County Board has informally agreed to look into the idea of creating the position of county administrator.


Extra Corn Might Not Increase Erosion (2007-03-21)
The expected increase in corn acreage this summer might not bring a proportionate increase in soil erosion.


Fort Madison Industry Expands (2007-03-21)
One Southeast Iowa industry says a recent expansion has led to a safer and more efficient facility.


ESDA Prepared for Severe Storm Season (2007-03-21)
McDonough County's ESDA Director believes everything is in place for spring's severe weather.


Nirvana for Techies (2007-03-21)
New gadgets were the center of attention in an old gym on the Western Illinois University campus Wednesday. The event was the Eighth Annual Tech Fest.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-20)


Schuy-Rush Park Needs Lakeside Work (2007-03-20)
An annual inspection by the Schuy-Rush Park Board shows some major work needed during the coming summer.


Shop Talk (2007-03-20)
The topic is the pending sale of the Peoria Journal Star and eight other Illinois newspapers to a company that already owns daily newspapers in Macomb, Monmouth, Canton, and a number of other Illinois towns and also owns papers in 17 other states.


Sign Ordinance Being Crafted (2007-03-20)
The Bushnell city council is working to create a sign ordinance that would bar political signs on city property or near the town's monuments.


Pool Leak Remains a Mystery (2007-03-20)
There are just a couple months remaining before the swimming season is scheduled to open in Macomb, but it's still not known what's causing a leak at Glenwood Pool.


No Long Term Economic Deal Yet In Lee County (2007-03-20)
A long term economic development deal for Lee County was accepted Tuesday morning... then rejected a few minutes later.


City Administrator in Keokuk's Future? (2007-03-19)
More and more cities across Iowa are hiring administrators to oversee day to day operations.


Rate Hikes Delayed (2007-03-19)
Macomb aldermen will need to wade through a couple more meetings before they can raise water and sewer rates.


New Walking Bridge In Hamilton Coming Soon (2007-03-19)
Construction could get underway, in a couple of weeks, on a new walking bridge in Hamilton.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-19)


Macomb Day in Springfield (2007-03-19)
A group from Macomb will head to Springfield on Tuesday March 20 to meet with lawmakers and others in government.


Piping Alterations Delayed (2007-03-19)
The denial of a grant has put an effort to improve the piping between Carthage's water treatment plant and the pipeline from Hamilton into temporary limbo.


Schools Excel on State Testing (2007-03-19)
The Macomb school district met or exceeded state standards for the 2006 school year.


Ethanol Use to Yield No Price Break (2007-03-19)
The director of the public bus sysem in Macomb says growing ethanol use in gasoline is not likely to bring any gasoline price breaks.


Iowa's Sunshine Laws Could Be Updated (2007-03-18)
While Sunshine Week is a 7 day stretch when media outlets make an increased call for open government, the efforts to let the sun shine in are underway everyday. The laws governing open meeting requirements and access to public records have been in place for years in Iowa, but the timing could be right for some major changes.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-16)


Keokuk Starting Sewer Project (2007-03-16)
A multi-year, multi-million dollar sewer project is getting underway in Keokuk.


Council Hears Request for Chief Ouster (2007-03-16)
A Carthage patrolman is asking the city council to remove the chief of police.


Senior Nutrition Program To Close Locations (2007-03-15)
A nutrition program for West-Central Illinois seniors will have to close three of its Hancock County locations.


Revised TIF District Proposed for Macomb (2007-03-15)
Community Development Coordinator Ed Basch says instead of trying to renew the current TIF district, the city should try something new.


Transportation Group Seeks Guidance (2007-03-15)
Macomb's Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee needs to decide in which direction it wants the next major highway construction.


Emphasis (2007-03-15)
Rich Egger talks to Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs Assistant Director Tim Collins, who is one of the organizers of WIU's Fourth Annual Environmental Summit. The event will be held April 17.


Extra Funds Sought for Veterans (2007-03-15)
The McDonough County Board's Finance Committee wants to increase the funding for its Veterans Assistance Commission.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-15)


Supervisor's Daughter Now County Weed Commissioner (2007-03-14)
The Lee County Board of Supervisors has hired a close relative of one of its members as county weed commissioner.


Bushnell Waits to Repair Sign (2007-03-14)
Bushnell aldermen are waiting for an insurance settlement to repair one of the town's welcome signs.


Consolidation Not Harming Grain Sales (2007-03-14)
A study by a researcher from Illinois State University shows a major consolidation of grain elevators in the state.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-14)


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-13)


County Board Enters Funding Fray (2007-03-13)
A McDonough County Board Member wants a resolution asking for full school funding from the state.


Supervisors Approve Budget, Discuss Economic Future (2007-03-13)
No one turned out in support of or against Lee County's $23,000,000 budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.


Keokuk Loses Out On National Test Site (2007-03-13)
The US Department of Energy will not locate a new testing facility in Southeast Iowa.


Board Urged to Consider Plan (2007-03-13)
McDonough County's Human Resources and Planning Committee heard a listing of reasons to consider a comprehensive plan.


Shop Talk (2007-03-13)
The panelists weigh the pros and cons of public relations specialists (or spin doctors as they're sometimes called).


Slowing Down Drivers on Route 67 (2007-03-13)
The Macomb Women's Club wants to slow down drivers on the stretch of Route 67 between Pierce Street and University Drive.


Small Business Insurance Help Possible (2007-03-12)
An effort to help small businesses secure affordable health insurance is moving through the Iowa legislature.


Plea Deal In Central Lee Shooting Plot (2007-03-12)
One of the teens charged in connection with a shooting plot at Central Lee High School may not face any more jail time.


Hike Proposed for Water & Sewer Rates (2007-03-12)
Water and sewer rates could soon rise in Macomb. Aldermen on Monday night agreed to consider a 7% hike in each of the rates.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-12)


Bill Would Increase Number of Ag Teachers (2007-03-12)
A bill before the Illinois legislature would help increase the number of agriculture teachers in the state.


Employment Survey for Western Illinois (2007-03-12)
Residents in nine western Illinois counties will be surveyed about their employment.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-09)


Possible New Commodities Market (2007-03-09)
After Bahrain signed a free trade agreement with the U.S., a trade delegation from the couintry has visited Chicago to lure investment.


Graduation Rates Low In Southeast Iowa (2007-03-09)
Three Southeast Iowa school districts rank at the bottom of the list when it comes to graduation rates.


Gus Macker Tourney to Come to Macomb (2007-03-08)
The Gus Macker three-on-three basketball tournament will come to Macomb this fall.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-08)


Emphasis (2007-03-08)
Rich Egger talks to Dr Thomas Parham of the University of California at Irvine. Parham was on the WIU campus to give the presentation "The Struggle for Identity Congruence in African-Americans."


Keokuk Guardian Angel Project Expanding (2007-03-08)
A unique crime prevention program, which connects at-risk teens with local mentors, is expanding beyond Keokuk.


Mapping Macomb's Future (2007-03-08)
Macomb is now about halfway through the process of crafting a new comprehensive plan.


Big Plans and A Big Tax Hike (2007-03-07)
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is proposing the largest tax hike in state history to help pay for a variety of initiatives.


Police Contract Near (2007-03-07)
Bushnell has reached a tentative contracat agreement with its police force but is waiting for the officers to ratify it.


Argyle Sewer Project Delayed (2007-03-07)
A sewer project in unincorporated Lee County is on hold.


Keokuk Must Approve Budget Again (2007-03-07)
The Keokuk City Council will have finalize, for a second time, the city's $18,000,000 spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.


Lee County Rejects Tax Rebate (2007-03-07)
The Lee County Board of Supervisors will not give an East Coast company a break on back property taxes.


Ethanol Plant Shakeout (2007-03-07)
While at least 45 ethanol plants have been proposed for Illinois, a researcher suggests that not all of them will actually be built.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-07)


Assistance Applications Available (2007-03-06)
Iowa residents can start applying for financial help in dealing with last month's severe winter weather.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-06)


Macomb Primary Comes Under Scrutiny (2007-03-06)
There is once again talk about whether Macomb needs to hold a February primary.


Committee Turns Down Exemption (2007-03-06)
The McDonough County Board's Finance Committee turned down another request for a back owner-occupied tax exemption.


Shop Talk (2007-03-06)
The topic is Illinois Senate Bill 0729, which is known as the College Campus Press Act.


Warsaw-Hamilton Road Repairs Coming This Year (2007-03-05)
Construction on a portion of the Warsaw-Hamilton Road could get underway later this year.


SRC to Hike Tuition (2007-03-05)
Spoon River College will increase its tuition rates for the coming school year.


In The Tri States (2007-03-05)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from February 2007.


Rezoning Decision Tabled (2007-03-05)
The Macomb City Council has tabled a motion to rezone a pair of lots in the 300 block of North McArthur Street.


Carthage to Cease Farm Payments (2007-03-05)
Carthage will cease paying its watershed farmers not to use Atrazine.


Fort Madison Improving Image (2007-03-05)
Fort Madison hopes a program that focuses on improving the city's appearance will continue to grow.


Globetrotting in the WIU Ballroom (2007-03-05)
Western Illinois University's 34th annual International Bazaar offered food, music, and performances from cultures around the world.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-05)


New HS District to Absorb All Teachers (2007-03-02)
The New Illini West high school district will be able to absorb all full-time high school teachers from LaHarpe and Carthage.


Warsaw Using New City Hall (2007-03-02)
The Warsaw city council met for the first time in its new city hall this week.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-02)


Carthage Water Situation Improves (2007-03-01)
Low water levels forced Carthage to increase its purchase of water from Hamilton. Now rains have refilled the lake.


Keokuk City Council Meeting Called Off (2007-03-01)
The Keokuk City Council was not able to get any official business done last night.


Afternoon Edition (2007-03-01)


SRC Might Drop Some Career Programs (2007-03-01)
An administrator's report to the Spoon River College board suggests that four career programs might be eliminiated.


Fort Madison's New Library Set To Open In November (2007-03-01)
Fort Madison's new public library should still open before the end of the year, despite some delays.


Emphasis (2007-03-01)
Rich Egger talks to WIU Women's Center Director Janine Cavicchia.


IEA Calls for Public Pressure (2007-03-01)
An Illinois Education Association leader believes this is the year something might be done to change the way the state funds its public schools.


Reuschel Hired To Lead Macomb Schools (2007-02-28)
The long process of finding a new Macomb School District superintendent is over. A nationwide search has resulted in the hiring of Alene Reuschel.


Telecommunicators Get New Contracat (2007-02-28)
McDonough County's emergency dispatch center has a new contract with its telecommunicators.


Clerk Calls for Polling Place Changes (2007-02-28)
No one showed up to vote at Western Hall for this week's Macomb elections, so there is a renewed push to make some changes.


Clerk Calls for Polling Place Change (2007-02-28)
No one showed up to vote at Western Hall for this week's Macomb elections, so there is a renewed push to make some changes.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-28)


Macomb Election Results (2007-02-28)
Chris Senn, Lou Gilbert, Mike Inman, and Dave Dorsett are the winners of the contested elections in Macomb.


Sale Of Old School In Fort Madison In Jeopardy (2007-02-28)
The proposed sale of a former school building in Fort Madison, to a California-based company, could be in jeopardy.


West Point Makes Pitch For School (2007-02-27)
One Southeast Iowa community hopes a new school building will be constructed in its backyard.


Iowa Sex Offender Laws Up For Debate (2007-02-27)
The Lee County Board of Supervisors says state lawmakers should change Iowa's sex offender residency laws.


After School Program to Expand (2007-02-27)
The YMCA After School program might expand in the Schuyler-Industry district.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-27)


Shop Talk (2007-02-27)
The topic is the future of radio. The panelists discuss the local coverage the medium can provide and touch on the impact HD might have on radio.


Wintery Weather Impacts Blood Donations (2007-02-26)
The snow and ice storms of the past few weeks have caused blood supplies to drop for some local agencies.


Development Help for Small Towns (2007-02-26)
The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs is working with several small towns to help them develop charitable foundations.


Residents Continue to Oppose Rezoning (2007-02-26)
A plan that would allow for more rental housing near the WIU campus is raising the ire of some residents - and at least one alderman says he'll probably vote against it.


Freezing Rain Gone But Still Causing Problems (2007-02-26)
Some Lee County residents are still feeling the impact of this weekend's severe winter weather.


Fort Madison Property Tax Rate Rising (2007-02-26)
Property taxes could be on the rise in Fort Madison.


Lobbying Effort Headed for Des Moines (2007-02-26)
Commercial property tax relief will be a key issue during a regional lobbying effort, this week, in Des Moines.


Park District to Start Hiking, Biking Trail (2007-02-26)
The Lewistown Township Park District will begin construction of its first hiking and bike path this spring.


Construction Funding Recommended for PAC (2007-02-23)
The Illinois Board of Higher Education has recommended funds to start construction of a performing arts center at WIU.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-23)


IDoT Outlines Preferred 336 Route (2007-02-23)
The Illinois Department of Transportation outlined the preferred route for a Macomb to Peoria freeway at an informational meeting in Macomb.


More Money For FM Depot (2007-02-23)
Fort Madison is a step closer to bringing passenger rail service to its historic Santa Fe Depot.


Lee County Jail Population Projected to Increase (2007-02-22)
Any expansion or upgrade of the Lee County Jail will likely have to account for an anticipated jump in inmates.


Tax Exemption Issue Not Ended (2007-02-22)
By a one-vote margin, the McDonough County Board failed to end further consideration of the owner-occupied property tax exemption issue.


Emphasis (2007-02-22)
Jason Parrott talks with Julie Schilling, who is the administrator of the Lee County Health Department.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-22)


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-21)


Nauvoo to Vote on Ambulance Service (2007-02-20)
Nauvoo residents will have a referendum on the April ballot that will let the fire protection district establish an ambulance service.


Date Set For FM School Vote (2007-02-20)
Fort Madison residents will decide, in less than 9 months, whether the school district needs a new building.


Shop Talk (2007-02-20)
The topic is a study by the Parents Television Council, which found TV programs are becoming increasingly violent.


Aldermen Say Rezoning Needs Review (2007-02-20)
Macomb aldermen will not speed up the process for rezoning some land near the Western Illinois University campus.


Exhibit Features 19th Century Posters (2007-02-19)
An impressive and colorful exhibit is now on display at the Western Illinois Museum in Macomb.


City Gains Final Easements (2007-02-19)
Carthage has the final easements needed for a new water line to connect its Hamilton Pipeline with the Water Treatment Plant.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-19)


Major Midwest Farm Changes Coming (2007-02-19)
The former president of the National Corn Growers Association says the need for fuel will cause major changes in Midwest farming.


New Art Gallery for Macomb (2007-02-17)
There is a new place to see and buy art in Macomb. The gallery is located in New Copperfield's Book Service on the courthouse square.


Fifth Ward Alderman - Danny Brown (2007-02-16)
Rich Egger talks to Danny Brown, who is running for alderman in Macomb's new fifth ward.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-16)


Third Ward Alderman - Aaron Fosdyck (2007-02-16)
Rich Egger talks to Aaron Fosdyck, who is running for alderman in Macomb's third ward.


Fifth Ward Alderman - Dave Dorsett (2007-02-16)
Rich Egger talks to Dave Dorsett, who is running for alderman in Macomb's new fifth ward.


Fourth Ward Alderman - Mike Inman (2007-02-16)
Rich Egger talks to Mike Inman, who is running for alderman in Macomb's fourth ward.


Alderman At Large - Reagan Clause (2007-02-16)
Rich Egger talks to Reagan Clause, who is running for alderman at large in Macomb.


Third Ward Alderman - Lou Gilbert (2007-02-16)
News Director Rich Egger talks to Macomb Third Ward Alderman Lou Gilbert, who is running for another term.


Fourth Ward Alderman - John Maguire (2007-02-16)
Rich Egger talks to Macomb Fourth Ward Alderman John Maguire, who is running for another term.


County to Explore Risk Pool (2007-02-16)
McDonough County will investigate joining a risk pool as a way of cutting its more than $1 million yearly insurance costs.


Alderman At Large - Chris Senn (2007-02-16)
Rich Egger talks to Macomb Alderman At Large Chris Senn, who is running for another term.


Alderman At Large (2007-02-16)
Rich Egger talks to Macomb Alderman At Large Chris Senn, who is running for another term.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-15)


Gudgel Says Keokuk Has Bright Future (2007-02-15)
Keokuk Mayor Dave Gudgel delivered his 6th State of the City Address to a crowd of more than 50 people this week.


Emphasis (2007-02-15)
Rich Egger talks to Sarah Shike, who is director of the Western Illinois Entrepreneurship Center in Macomb.


County Seeks Roof Financing (2007-02-15)
The McDonough County Board's Finance Committee has found the county is too large to qualify for grants that would pay for a new courthouse roof.


City Might Halt Atrazine Program (2007-02-15)
In the late 1990s, Carthage's reservoir had high levels of the herbicide Atrazine. They city made payments of up to $8 per acre to help farmers use other chemicals instead.


Condo Project Encounters Opposition (2007-02-14)
A developer wants to build some condominiums on Macomb's west side but the proposal has hit a wall.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-14)


Nauvoo Delays Ordinance (2007-02-14)
Nauvoo aldermen want moe information befoe they proceed with an ordinance allowing them to charge impact fees.


Hare Wants Troop Support, Then Removal (2007-02-14)
Western Illinois Congressman Phil Hare supports a U.S. House resolution expressing opposition to the troop surge in Iraq


Shop Talk (2007-02-13)
The topic is coverage of presidential campaigns, especially at this early stage of the game. How does the media decide - even before any votes are cast - which campaigns to focus on and which candidates deserve less attention?


Economic Development Hiring Pushed Back (2007-02-13)
It could be a few more weeks before efforts get underway to hire a new economic development director in Lee County.


Tax Rate Decrease Projected In Lee County (2007-02-13)
Property taxes could be on the decline in Lee County.


More Reorganization Talks Likely (2007-02-13)
While 2 Hancock County school districts will continue exploring reorganization, they will not go any further than that at this time.


New Pact Sought with Cargill (2007-02-13)
Cass County taxing districts will try to reach a different agreement with Cargill Meat Solutions about the value of the packing plant.


WIU Provost to Leave for Texas School (2007-02-13)
WIU Provost Joe Rallo got a chance this school year to serve as a university president for a couple months. Now, he'll get to see what the job is like full-time.


Reception for Superintendent Candidate (2007-02-13)
Alene Reuschel, the second of two finalists for the position of Macomb school superintendent met the public at a reception.


Gun Charges Reduced, Teens Expelled (2007-02-12)
The teenagers accused of bringing a gun to Keokuk High School have had their charges reduced.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-12)


Wise Says Commercial Tax Legislation Coming (2007-02-12)
It could be a few more weeks before a plan to lower Iowa's commercial property tax rate emerges in Des Moines.


Lee County Considering Reverse 911 (2007-02-12)
Lee County is exploring the benefits of a Reverse 911 system.


City, Police to Meet with Mediator (2007-02-12)
Bushnell leaders are to meet in a mediation session with representatives of its Federation of Police bargaining unit.


The Wide World of Science (2007-02-10)
When we think of competitions between schools, we often conjure images of gridiron glory or hardcourt heroes. But a competition held in Macomb over the weekend placed the emphasis on brains over brawn.


Obama Begins A New Journey (2007-02-10)
US Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) says he will seek his party's nomination for president.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-09)


New Tax Break Agreement Sought (2007-02-09)
Cass County leaders are trying to set up a meeting with the county's biggest industry about its tax status.


Superintendent Candidate Meets Public (2007-02-09)
The first of two finalists for the position of Macomb school superintendent met the community at an open meeting held at Spoon River College.


Schuyler County Fugitive Nabbed Overseas (2007-02-08)
The FBI says it has apprehended a Schuyler County man who was convicted in absentia of abusing two children.


Small Businesses Urged to Get on Web (2007-02-08)
A project in Stark County to help small businesses use the World Wide web might spread to other parts of the state.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-08)


Nature Tourism Proposal Includes Fulton, Mason Counties (2007-02-08)
Fulton and Mason counties are now part of a tourism project designed around natural attractions.


Emphasis (2007-02-07)
Rich Egger talks to Jim Duffett, who is executive director of the Illinois-based "Campaign for Better Health Care."


Packaging Needles for the Trash (2007-02-07)
Western Illinois residents are being asked to be more careful when disposing of hypodermic needles and lancets.


Back to the Drawing Board for Abandoned Factory (2007-02-07)
Macomb is still looking for a use for the former Haeger Pottery plant now that an idea talked about last fall has apparently failed to materialize.


Tax Hike Expected In Fort Madison (2007-02-07)
The city council has approved Fort Madison's preliminary $30,000,000 spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.


Council Approves Engineering Plans (2007-02-07)
Rushville aldermen have approved preliminary engineering work for the proposed re-paving of the brick streets around the square.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-07)


Committee Recommends Another Exemption (2007-02-06)
McDonough County's Law and Legal Committee has recommended paying for another owner-occupied tax exemption.


County Hires Architectural Firm For Jail Rehab (2007-02-06)
Some questions surround the hiring of an architectural firm to work on renovations to the Lee County Jail.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-06)


Supervisor Says Tax Relief Needed (2007-02-06)
A member of the Lee County Board of Supervisors wants Keokuk to ask its residents if they want property tax relief.


Rec Center to Get New Roof (2007-02-06)
Bushnell will seek bids on a re-roofing job for the Recreaton and Cultural Center.


Shop Talk (2007-02-06)
The topic is job cuts in the media. The job placement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas reports US media outlets announced more than 17,800 job cuts last year and 9,400 the year before.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-05)


Two Finalists For Macomb School Superintendent (2007-02-05)
The national search for the next Macomb School District superintendent has been narrowed to two candidates - both of whom are from this region.


Hamilton Names First Responders Coordinator (2007-02-05)
Hamilton now has a leader for its proposed first responders program.


Fire Destroys Apartments in House (2007-02-05)
A fire this morning destroyed three apartments in an older Macomb home.


Beardstown Flood Map Update (2007-02-05)
Flood plain maps in the Beardstown area are being updated by FEMA.


Sheaffer Pen On Auction Block (2007-02-05)
A Fort Madison landmark will be on the auction block this week.


In The Tri States (2007-02-05)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from January 2007.


Teenagers Released To Parents After Gun Charges (2007-02-05)
The 2 teenagers charged with bringing a gun to Keokuk High School are out of police custody.


No Jolt from Electric Rates (2007-02-02)
Municipal utilities customers in Bushnell are avoiding a jump in rates that's being experienced elsewhere in the state.


Keokuk Railroad Bridge Damaged (2007-02-02)
The railroad bridge that stretches from Keokuk to Hamiton will be out of commission for up to 3 months.


Burlington Has New Top Educator (2007-02-02)
The Burlington School District has a new superintendent.


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-02)


Afternoon Edition (2007-02-01)


Schools to Shop for Gas (2007-02-01)
The West Prairie school district will shop around for a new natural gas supplier for its elementary and middle schools.


Possible Buyer for Carthage Campus? (2007-02-01)
A plausible purchaser might be looking into the Robert Morris College campus in Carthage.


Hamilton Talking Co-Ops, Consolidation (2007-02-01)
The Hamilton School District hopes to reach a decision on the future of its athletic programs by the end of the month.


Holy Trinity Catholic Schools Reorganizing (2007-02-01)
Reorganizing Holy Trinity Catholic Schools could improve the system both educationally and financially.


Swine Facility to Settle Complaints (2007-01-31)
A swine facility near Colmar will pay $27,000 in a proposed settlement with the Illinois Pollution Control Board.


Keokuk Could Hike Cemetery Fees (2007-01-31)
It could soon cost a little more for a plot at Keokuk's Oakland Cemetery.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-31)


Emphasis (2007-01-31)
Rich Egger talks to Monica Allen, who is the Administrative Liason for the Community-University Partnership Program (CUPP) in Macomb.


West Prairie Adds Drivers Ed Fee (2007-01-31)
The West Prairie High School Board okayed a $50 fee for students taking drivers education courses.


Big Tent Moving In Keokuk (2007-01-31)
That giant white tent, currently set up along Keokuk's Main Street, is being moved... but not too far.


Committee Wants Brick Square (2007-01-30)
The street committee chairwoman of the Rushville city council wants to push forward with plans to refurbish the town's brick paving on the downtown square.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-30)


Teens Charged For Bringing Gun To KHS (2007-01-30)
The 2 teens, charged with bringing a gun to Keokuk High School, don't appear to have been planning to harm anyone.


Protesting the Iraq War (2007-01-30)
A WIU student was among the tens of thousands of protesters who marched on the National Mall in Washington DC this past weekend.


Nauvoo Colusa to Vote on Hiking School Tax (2007-01-30)
Nauvoo-Colusa school district voters will have a chance to increase the education fund tax rate by almost one-third in this April's election.


Shop Talk (2007-01-30)
The topic is the veracity of Internet blogs. The discussion was sparked by the Internet rumor that US Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) attended a conservative Islamic school when he was a child in Jakarta.


Council Slows Speeding in Alleys (2007-01-29)
Rushville aldermen will make it clear that the town's 30-miles-per-hour speed limit does not apply to alleys.


Montrose Mayor Stepping Down (2007-01-29)
One Southeast Iowa community will soon be looking for a new mayor.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-29)


Burlington Scools Planning New Facilities (2007-01-29)
The Burlington School District plans to open 2 new school buildings by the fall of 2009.


Bowen Applies for Senior Housing Graant (2007-01-29)
The Village of Bowen has applied for a HUD grant that could get it a senior housing development.


Hancock Board Slates Sales Tax Referendum (2007-01-29)
Voters in Hancock County's April balloting will vote on a half-cent sales tax to help support public safety.


Alderman Rips Code Enforcement Efforts (2007-01-29)
Macomb's second ward alderman is furious over what he perceives as a lack of code enforcement in his neighborhood.


Gun Found At Keokuk High School (2007-01-29)
Two students face expulsion after a gun was found at Keokuk High School.


Council to Explain TIF District (2007-01-26)
The Carthage city council will schedule a meeting next month to explain its plans for a Tax Increment Financing district.


Keokuk Debates Increasing Police Force (2007-01-26)
The cost of insurance could actually help the Keokuk Police Department add an officer.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-26)


Emphasis (2007-01-25)
Don Johnson talks to Kim Pierce, who is executive director of the Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation.


Detachment Court Date Put Back Again (2007-01-25)
A reduced number of judges has set back court hearings on a detachment case in western Illinois.


Carthage to Alter Water System (2007-01-25)
Carthage will seek emergency funding to help alter the arrangement of its water treatment plant.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-25)


2 Finalists For Burlington Superintendent Job (2007-01-25)
The Burlington School District could have a new superintendent within a couple of weeks.


Education Funding Remains A Concern (2007-01-25)
While Illinois' funding formula for schools is often criticized, an education expert says another issue related to finances also needs to be addressed.


Keokuk Teachers Want Pay Bump (2007-01-25)
Keokuk's teachers are looking for a pay hike during the upcoming school year.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-24)


Another Housing Complex Proposed (2007-01-24)
Another new housing complex is being proposed for Macomb, but this time it's not for students.


Senior Housing Project Back on Track (2007-01-24)
A senior housing project for Carthage will move forward now that a contractor has been found.


National Mentoring Month (2007-01-24)
There is a growing need for mentors in the Tri-State region.


Obtaining A Passport Takes A Little Longer (2007-01-24)
Getting a valid passport now takes a little longer.


Energy Saving Starts to Pay Off (2007-01-23)
The Schuyler-Industry School District is beginning to see savings from its recent $2 million energy conservation improvements.


Shop Talk (2007-01-23)
Politicians and members of the Peoria arts community rallied to show their support for the Peoria Journal Star. The newspaper (and other Copley-owned papers) are up for sale. The community is hoping to pressure owner David Copley to consider offers only from those willing to maintain the newspaper's current quality and staffing levels.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-23)


Fort Madison Residents Call for Bond Referendum (2007-01-23)
Fort Madison residents could vote, this fall, on a plan to borrow millions of dollars to build a new elementary school.


South Lee County Courthouse In Need of Repairs (2007-01-23)
While repairs to the South Lee County Courthouse are needed, it remains unclear if they will occur in the near future.


Bald Eagles Soar Above Keokuk (2007-01-22)
The cold weather was welcome during Keokuk's 23rd annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days.


Aldermen Debate Committee Structure (2007-01-22)
Macomb aldermen are debating whether to revise their committee meeting structure.


Keokuk Elementary School Closing (2007-01-22)
Keokuk's Lincoln Elementary will close its doors at the end of the school year.


Charges Against SE Iowa Teen Reduced (2007-01-22)
One of the teenagers arrested in connection with a shooting plot at Central Lee High School is facing a lesser charge.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-22)


National Recognition for Galesburg Site (2007-01-22)
Galesburg's role in the underground railroad is now officially recognized by the National Park Service.


Carthage Might Seek More ReHab Grants (2007-01-22)
Carthage is almost finished with an owner-occupied home rehabilitation program.


City To Fill Key Positions (2007-01-20)
Macomb aldermen will be asked Monday night to fill two key positions in city government.


Boards Consider County Manager (2007-01-19)
Both Fulton and McDonough County Boards are beginning to look into creating the post of county manager or administrator.


Keokuk Changes Light Bulbs (2007-01-19)
City government is set to become more "energy efficient" in Keokuk.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-19)


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-18)


Emphasis (2007-01-18)
Jason Parrott talks to Emily Carrick, who is the Lee County Health Department's Tobacco Prevention Coordinator.


Macomb Amtrak Ridership Increasing (2007-01-18)
Passenger numbers are increasing on the two Amtrak routes which pass through Macomb.


County Committee Decision Questioned (2007-01-18)
The issue of homestead tax exemptions is going back to McDonough County's Law and Legal Committee.


Teenager In State Custody (2007-01-18)
One of the teenagers charged in a shooting plot at Central Lee High School is now in the custody of the state of Iowa.


Comprehensive Plan Suggested (2007-01-17)
Fulton County's board chairman would like a comprehensive plan for the county.


Lee County Drivers License Facilities Short-Staffed (2007-01-17)
Staffing shortages are impacting when residents can get a drivers license in Lee County.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-17)


Keokuk Police Staffing Standstill (2007-01-17)
The Keokuk Police Department is making little progress when it comes to bringing up staffing levels.


Dispatcher Contract Near (2007-01-17)
McDonough County's 9-1-1 Center board is waiting for a completed copy of a contract between the center and the union representing its eight full-time dispatchers.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-16)


Council Seeks Demolition Bids (2007-01-16)
The Bushnell City Council is preparing to demolish up to five dilapidated houses this spring.


Fitness Center Becoming Established (2007-01-16)
The former Carthage YMCA has become the Family Fitness Center and is under the umbrella of the city's park board.


Lee County Ratifies Two Contracts (2007-01-16)
Lee County and the unions representing the sheriff's and secondary roads departments have agreed to new employment contracts.


Shop Talk (2007-01-16)
The topic is Internet bloggers. They will be allowed to join reporters from traditional media in covering the criminal trial of former White House staffer Lewis "Scooter" Libby. It's believed this is a first for a high-profile trial.


Aldermen to Learn Water Costs (2007-01-16)
Carthage aldermen will meet soon with the city engineer to learn what it will cost to provide an alternate water supply for the city.


School Closings (2007-01-16)
School Closings for Tuesday in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa


City Looks To Stretch Its Boundaries (2007-01-16)
Macomb aldermen took action Tuesday night that won't immediately help the city but could prove beneficial down the road.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-15)


MLK Day Celebrated in Macomb (2007-01-15)
Dr Martin Luther King Jr dreamed of a time when people would be judged by the content of their character rather than by the color of their skin. While that dream is still a long way from becoming reality, there are many people hoping to keep it alive.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-12)


Keokuk Reaches Tentative Deal With Union (2007-01-12)
Keokuk could soon finalize a new multi-year deal with one of the unions representing city workers.


WP Frosh to Get More Choices (2007-01-12)
The West Prairie school district will offer freshmen a broader range of science courses to choose from.


Lee County Road Will Not Be Paved (2007-01-11)
Lee County will not be adding a gravel road to its road improvement plan.


Committee to Judge Bids on Rec Center Roof (2007-01-11)
A special Bushnell City Council committee will evaluate the bids on a new roof for the Cultural and Recreation Center.


Keokuk Hopes To Fill Vacant Buildings (2007-01-11)
Keokuk could spotlight vacant buildings in an effort to create new businesses and developments.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-11)


Board Member Takes Aim at Transit Tax (2007-01-11)
A McDonough County board member is calling for elimination of the county's senior citizen transportation tax.


Hare Critical of President's Plan (2007-01-10)
Western Illinois' new congressman thinks President Bush is staying "a very wrong course" by announcing he will send another 20,000 troops to Iraq.


Emphasis (2007-01-10)
Rich Egger talks to Gordona Rezab, archivist emeritus from Western Illinois University. Rezab is completing work on the book "Place Names in McDonough County: Abe Lincoln Trail to Zanesville."


Missouri Could Cut Social Security Tax (2007-01-10)
One Northeast Missouri lawmaker says the state could initiate a large scale tax cut this year.


McDonough Farmland Values Drop ... Again (2007-01-10)
McDonough County farmland values will drop an average of ten percent this year.


Bushnell Seeks Park Suggestions (2007-01-10)
Bushnell's mayor and aldermen are seeking suggestions on what to put in Liberty Park.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-10)


Lee County Could Hold Jail Vote In Next 18 Months (2007-01-09)
Plans to renovate the Lee County Jail could go before voters within the next 18 months.


Lawmaker Says Governor's Speech Historic Moment (2007-01-09)
For one Southeast Iowa lawmaker, Governor Tom Vilsack's final Condition of the State speech was somewhat historic.


City Prepares for Higher Utility Rates (2007-01-09)
As the City of Macomb gets ready to work on its next budget, it's planning to deal with an increase of up to 60% in its utility bills.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-09)


Arrests Made in Robbery and Stabbing (2007-01-09)
Two people are charged with robbing the HyVee gas station in Macomb.


Carthage to Outline TIF District (2007-01-09)
The Carthage City Council will share more information with the public on its proposed Tax Increment Financing District at a meeting Wednesday afternoon.


Shop Talk (2007-01-09)
The topic is the video of Saddam Hussein's execution. If you were a television news director, would you air it?


County Manager Being Discussed (2007-01-09)
McDonough County Board members are beginning to discuss seriously whether the county should have a full-time administrator.


Keokuk School Board To Vote Soon On Closing School (2007-01-08)
The Keokuk school board could vote, later this month, on whether to close one of the district's elementary schools.


Iowa Legislative Session Underway (2007-01-08)
One Lee County lawmaker says the 2007 legislative session could be very productive.


Rushville May Swap Debts to Help Scripps Park (2007-01-08)
Rushville's mayor wants aldermen to trade debts between the city ... and the Scripps Park Board.


In The Tri States (2007-01-07)
A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from December 2006.


Alderman Wants To Change Light Bulbs (2007-01-05)
One city council member wants Keokuk to do more to both help the environment and save the city money.


Aldermen Figure How to Finance New Well (2007-01-05)
Rushville aldermen plan to borrow from one of their revenue accounts to help pay the unexpected cost of a new water well.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-05)


WIU President Returns to Work (2007-01-05)
WIU President Al Goldfarb has returned to work following prostate surgery recuperation.


Ramsey Retrial Moved (2007-01-05)
There's been another change of venue for a western Illinois murder trial.


Pay Hikes Recommended (2007-01-04)
The Lee County Compensation Board is recommending a 4% pay hike, during the upcoming fiscal year, for the county's elected leaders.


Emphasis (2007-01-04)
Don Johnson talks to Tracy Anders, who is president of the board for the new high school district being established in Hancock County.


Emphasis (2007-01-04)
Jason Parrott talks to Lora Wolff, who is assistant superintendent of the Keokuk School District.


Resident Might Get Tax Rebate (2007-01-04)
A McDonough County Committee is recommending that one resident get a rebate on her owner/occupied property tax exemption.


Girl's Death Ruled a Homicide (2007-01-04)
The death of a young McDonough County girl is now officially considered a homicide.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-04)


Fort Madison Limiting Sex Offender Residency (2007-01-04)
Fort Madison is trying to further limit where sex offenders can live within the city.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-03)


Lee County Accepts Resurfacing Bid (2007-01-03)
Despite a statewide freeze on certain road upgrades, Lee County is moving forward with a 7 mile resurfacing project.


Planning Approved for Ward Street Upgrade (2007-01-03)
Macomb aldermen have okayed engineering planning for a major upgrade to Ward Street.


Cass County IDs Top Needs (2007-01-02)
Volunteers in Cass County will begin a program to address what residents believe are the county's top needs.


Afternoon Edition (2007-01-02)


New Lee County Supervisor Ready To Begin (2007-01-02)
The newest member of the Lee County Board of Supervisors is trying to get a feel for how the panel conducts business.


West Point Expanding Park (2007-01-02)
One Southeast Iowa community hopes to complete a major park expansion by this spring.


Republican New Lee County Board Chairman (2007-01-02)
Despite 4 Democrats serving on the panel, a Republican is now the head of the Lee County Board of Supervisors.