Coming Soon to Iowa: Online License Renewal

The Iowa Department of Transportation says it expects to set up an online process to renew driver’s licenses’ by mid-July. In a news release today, the agency said it’s close to establishing a system. Also, people need to be aware of fake Internet renewal sites that exist. Until the state site goes live next month, people still need to have their license renewed in person. Under the new system, drivers between 18 and 72 can renew their license through the State Department of Transportation website without passing a vision test. Continue Reading


Illinois Lawmakers Adjourn Before Gay Marriage Decision

Governor Patt Quinn says he’s disappointed that the sponsor of a same-sex marriage bill didn’t call it for a vote before lawmakers adjourned for the summer. The Chicago Democrat told reporters today that even if there weren’t enough votes, it’s a democracy. Democratic State Rep. Greg Harris didn’t call the gay marriage legislation late Friday. He says he wanted to give the undecided time to think it through. He vowed to bring it back soon. Continue Reading


Teacher Leaves Money for the Carthage School District

A longtime Hancock County, Illinois high school teacher who died last spring left a nice chunk of money behind to the school district’s foundation. Virginia Allison taught English in Carthage from 1954-1980 when she retired. After the 87-year-old’s death last April, she left behind $280,000 to the district. The president of the foundation says the group will use the money as an endowment, which they hope will help support their efforts to pay for school technology, science kits, and books. Continue Reading


Galesburg Author Releases New Nationwide Children’s Book

A Galesburg author by the name of Nancy Crow, is celebrating the release of her new children’s book this week that includes important life lessons. Crow’s nationwide release is titled, “Adventures of Tillie on Bittersweet Farm”. It’s about seeing life through the eyes of a little brown mouse. In the story, Tillie and her friends have all kinds of adventures and learn how even the smallest animals have to work together and be kind to each other in order to survive. The book is available through bookstores nationwide. Continue Reading

Coralville M-H Inmate Commits Suicide

 CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) _ The Department of Corrections says a 38-year-old inmate
in a mental health unit in Coralville has killed himself.  
Officials say in a news release that Alex James Mabe was found early Monday,
hanged with a bed sheet attached to a wall vent.  
     Staff tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead.  
     Mabe was assigned to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center.  
 He was serving a 10-year-sentence for robbery and theft from Wapello County. Continue Reading

Continued Planting Delays Now Likely to Affect Harvest

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Wet fields from too much rain continues to delay corn
and soybean planting in Iowa reaching the point where farmers are likely to see
at least some reduction in this fall’s harvest.  
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Iowa farmers planted only an additional
3 percent of the crop last week. Corn is 88 percent planted, behind the
five-year average of 99 percent. Seventy-three percent of corn plants have
emerged from the ground. Normal is about 91 percent. Continue Reading

Branstad Says E. Iowa Flood Conditions Improving

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Gov. Terry Branstad says he’s encouraged by the
improving flood conditions in eastern Iowa and the local efforts to respond.  
Branstad told reporters in Iowa City on Monday that he was relieved by news
that Coralville Lake is no longer projected to go over its spillway. He says the
nice weather is helping dry out parts of the state.  
 Branstad spoke at the University of Iowa after he took an aerial tour over
eastern Iowa. He says he learned that the flooding in New Hartford in northeast
Iowa was not as bad as residents feared. Continue Reading


The Virus is BACK

For the first time this year, Illinois has seen it’s first batch of mosquitos with the West Nile virus. Officials said today that the mosquitos were found in the Cook County community of Hillside. Last year the virus was found in 55 of the state’s counties. 300 people contracted the virus and 12 died. Fortunately, no human cases have been found so far this year. Continue Reading

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Economy Growing in the Midwest

A monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy in 9 Midwest and Plains states will continue to grow steadily over the next few months. The overall economic index for the region declined slightly to 56.2 in May from April’s 56.8, but anything about 50 suggests growth. The survey covers Iowa, Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, MIssouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Continue Reading