Jason Parrott

Jason is the Southeast Iowa News Correspondent. He established Tri States Public Radio's news bureau in Keokuk in September 2003.  The bureau has moved from his apartment to the Hotel Iowa before landing in its current location at the Daily Gate City newspaper at 1016 Main.  Jason provides short- and long-form news coverage from southeast Iowa, northeast Missouri, and portions of west-central Illinois. Jason covers multiple governmental boards including the Keokuk City Council, the Lee County Board of Supervisors and the Burlington School Board. Jason was born in Burlington, IA and grew up in neighboring Henderson County before graduating from Monmouth High School.  He graduated from WIU in 2002 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Communications and History.  While in Macomb, he was a member of the WIU Track & Field team, serving as Captain during his senior year. Jason received his Master’s Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2003. He and his wife Jamie, a middle school teacher, have called Quincy home since 2007.  They have two dogs (Howie and Sadie), one nephew and several god-children. During Jason’s free time, he enjoys watching sports, spending time with friends, playing fantasy football and traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks with his wife.

The state of Illinois, this week, unveiled a long-term improvement plan for the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy.  IVH Administrator Troy Culbertson said, during an open house marking the release of the plan, that the goal is to create a facility that can provide care to veterans for the next 50 years.

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Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is traveling Illinois… trying to drum up last minute support for his re-election bid. He made a Thursday morning stop in Quincy.

The Governor spoke for about ten minutes to a crowd of about 30 people… including several current and former elected leaders.

He encouraged them to vote and reminded them that every vote for him in Adams County is one less vote he will need in Cook County.

Rauner won every county but Cook County in 2014. But he only narrowly won the popular vote.

Warren County was forced this week to close its county jail in Monmouth due to a lack of available correctional officers. That led to the transfer of about two-dozen inmates to the Mercer County Jail in nearby Aledo.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner used a trip to Quincy Tuesday afternoon to thank the Illinois General Assembly for passing a balanced budget that includes $53 million for the 

Gov. Bruce Rauner is telling state lawmakers to hurry up and pass legislation centered around the Legionnaire's crisis at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said the entire community is proud of the Illinois Veterans Home and the care its residents receive from the facility's more than 500 employees. He said that's evident from the more than 12,000 volunteer hours donated to the state-run facility last year.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner visited Quincy as part of a ten-stop tour of the state. He used the event at Titan International to tout his efforts to help local workers and to bash the “career politicians in Springfield.”

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The National Weather Service says there is not a great risk of flooding along the Mississippi River during the next 90 days. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency considers that a window of opportunity.

The National Weather Service projection is welcome news to Paul Rasch. He is chief of operations for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Rasch says his agency will use this low-risk period to meet with local elected leaders and first responders up and down the river… to improve communication and make sure people are on the same page before a flood.

Joseph Ryan of St. Louis, MO, caravanned with about ten people to demonstrate at the site in Lee County, IA, where the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline is supposed to cross the Mississippi River. He said he was prepared to do whatever it took to defend the planet and save its water.

Public opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline is growing in the tri states region, be it through marches or vigils.   Pipeline opponents hope that continues this weekend when their efforts move to the next step: civil disobedience.

Pop superstar Justin Bieber made an unexpected stop in the tri-state region last month because of mechanical problems with one of his tour buses. As it turns out, the detour might cost him a little extra.

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Iowans made their voices heard last night as they chose who they feel will be the next President of the United States. In Keokuk, passions rose high as they picked who they wanted to lead the country for the next four years. Illinois Public Radio's T.J. Carson starts our story.

Iowa Fertilizer Company's new production plant being built in northern Lee County could soon have a new owner. Early indications are that the new owner would become the largest nitrogen fertilizer company on the planet once the deal is complete.

After sitting vacant for months due to construction delays, the new Iowa State Penitentiary is now up and running. The Iowa Department of Corrections transported 507 maximum security inmates on Saturday from the original prison to the new facility two miles north of Fort Madison.

The Iowa Department of Corrections said that Justin Kestner, 25, was captured just south of Geneseo, Ill. at about 9:52 A.M. on Sunday, July 5.  Spokesman Fred Scaletta said Kestner escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison earlier that day.


The plan to build a one-billion dollar electric transmission line through Illinois must clear a new hurdle before construction begins.

The American Red Cross says an internal restructuring will not impact services in west central Illinois or northeast Missouri. The changes took effect Monday morning.

It appears state agencies in Iowa and Illinois know very little about a proposed pipeline through the tri-state region.