The independent student newspaper of Western Illinois University. Serving Macomb since 1905.

Western Courier

Erika Ward
Erika Ward is a junior journalism major at Western Illinois University, minoring in political science and creative writing. Ward began writing for the Western Courier in October 2014 and became assistant news editor in January 2015, when she began working on the local government beat covering the Macomb City Council and the Western Illinois University Student Government Association. She then became news editor in August 2015 and has since delved further into politics, reporting on the 2016 presidential election. Ward has since become the editor-in-chief and hopes to have a career in political journalism working out of Springfield, Ill. or Washington, DC.

Erika Ward, Editor-in-chief

Mar 03, 2017
Mayor presents State of the City (Story)
Feb 08, 2017
Council approves bid solicitation for streets (Story)
Feb 08, 2017
Arrest made in child abuse case (Story)
Feb 06, 2017
Caterpillar global headquarters to move from Peoria to Chicago (Story)
Jan 30, 2017
Rauner talks budget issues at State of the State Address (Story)
Jan 25, 2017
Canton cleans up following November explosion (Photo)
Nov 28, 2016
‘Gilmore Girls’ brings tears and nostalgia (Story)
Nov 28, 2016
Deadly explosion levels building (Story)
Nov 07, 2016
MPD investigates vandalisms (Story)
Nov 07, 2016
Man arrested on trespassing charges (Story)
Nov 07, 2016
Woman admits to Oct. 22 stabbing (Story)
Nov 07, 2016
Community gathers for DM Pancake Breakfast at Night ()
Nov 07, 2016
Students to hold Paint N’ Slip benefit (Story)
Oct 31, 2016
Stabbed man charged with aggravated battery (Story)
Oct 31, 2016
MPD arrest five after traffic stop (Story)
Oct 24, 2016
UDT hosts dance clinic (Photo)
Oct 21, 2016
Farmer finds human remains (Story)
Oct 19, 2016
_estern loses another letter ‘W’ stolen from frequently vandalized sign (Photo)
Oct 19, 2016
Macomb says ‘so long’ to Sue (Story)
Oct 19, 2016
Macomb and McLaughlin go separate ways (Story)
Sep 30, 2016
Macomb mourns Fire Chief’s death (Photo)
Sep 12, 2016
Balloons at night, kites take flight (Photo)
Sep 07, 2016
Community Leaders Discuss Transportation (Story)
Aug 29, 2016
MPD investigates gunfire on West Adams St (Story)
Aug 22, 2016
Swift vs Yeezy (Story)
May 06, 2016
Ward wraps up (Story)
May 06, 2016
Senate sends new funding bill to house (Story)
May 04, 2016
Police hold wreath-laying ceremony (Photo)
Apr 25, 2016
SB 2059 Passes (Story)
Apr 21, 2016
BOT authorizes University to use Auxiliary Facilities Systems funds (Photo)
Apr 15, 2016
Students compete at WGT (Photo)
Apr 15, 2016
More Layoffs Hit Western (Story)
Apr 14, 2016
Amtrak delayed after colliding with vehicle near Galva (Story)
Apr 13, 2016
More layoffs hit Western (Story)
Mar 28, 2016
Western fraternity under interim suspension (Story)
Mar 21, 2016
The Bachelor Falls in Love (Story)
Mar 02, 2016
Western Announces Furlough Programs (Story)
Feb 29, 2016
Cuts coming to Western (Story)
Feb 15, 2016
Obama Adresses General Assembly in Springfield (Story)
Feb 08, 2016
Amtrack Reaches Transportation Deal (Story)
Jan 11, 2016
Tanney named Athletic Director (Photo)
Dec 04, 2015
The GOP’s misguided PP venture (Story)
Nov 30, 2015
Multi-party group forms at Western (Story)
Nov 16, 2015
Dems debate in Des Moines (Story)
Oct 23, 2015
‘Nobody controls me’ (Story)
Oct 21, 2015
Students lobby for funding (Story)
Oct 19, 2015
Politicians talk Illinois budget (Story)
Oct 19, 2015
‘Enough is enough’ (Story)
Aug 28, 2015
Adapting to a new country (Story)
Aug 24, 2015
Macomb prepares for Quidditch Championships (Story)
May 08, 2015
Limits to printing proposed (Story)
May 06, 2015
Council says “hello” (Story)
May 06, 2015
Alderman says “goodbye” (Story)
May 01, 2015
Seeing sports the Weiler way (Story)
Apr 29, 2015
Council tables discussion on liquor licenses (Story)
Apr 29, 2015
SGA votes no to eliminating free printing (Story)
Apr 29, 2015
Textbook fee decided Tuesday (Story)
Apr 22, 2015
Council awards multiple bids (Story)
Apr 22, 2015
Campus votes on book proposal May 5 (Story)
Apr 17, 2015
Student insurance surges (Story)
Apr 15, 2015
SGA elects new Speaker of the Senate (Story)
Apr 10, 2015
SGA Elections (Story)
Apr 08, 2015
Proposal to combat high textbook costs (Story)
Apr 06, 2015
Chinese Acrobats Balance Out WIU (Story)
Apr 01, 2015
SGA holds debate for candidates (Story)
Apr 01, 2015
LaHood is all aboard on Amtrak issue (Story)
Mar 30, 2015
Mom’s weekend makes mothers sentimental (Story)
Mar 27, 2015
SGA to hold elections (Story)
Mar 25, 2015
SGA votes to adjust student fees (Story)
Mar 23, 2015
Student Spotlight (Story)
Mar 13, 2015
Student Spotlight (Story)
Mar 11, 2015
SGA rejects student fee increase (Story)
Mar 09, 2015
Students dance their way to $50k (Story)
Mar 04, 2015
Fee increases spark discussion (Story)
Feb 25, 2015
Students cruise to receive credit (Story)
Feb 23, 2015
WIU dances for Children’s Miracle Network (Story)
Feb 20, 2015
Super Smash for fun (Story)
Feb 18, 2015
Western student in Macomb primary (Story)
Feb 16, 2015
Student Spotlight (Story)
Feb 13, 2015
Students celebrate black history (Story)
Feb 06, 2015
Society of Manufacturing Engineers is back (Story)
Feb 06, 2015
Lt. Governor visits Western community (Story)
Feb 04, 2015
Students seek future opportunities (Story)
Feb 02, 2015
Rushville greets gun show (Story)
Jan 30, 2015
Free RAD classes potentially prepare women (Story)
Jan 30, 2015
Students urged to vote for safety (Story)
Jan 28, 2015
‘Nearly Naked’ for Charity (Story)
Jan 23, 2015
The lost town of Lewistown (Story)
Dec 05, 2014
Gas gets cheap drivers get happy (Story)
Nov 21, 2014
Professor recounts experience in Afghanistan (Story)
Nov 17, 2014
Student reminisces on musical past (Story)
Nov 14, 2014
New Magazine will help vets tell their stories (Story)
Nov 10, 2014
Professor Wurth educates students while living her dream of creative writing (Story)
Nov 03, 2014
Macomb business backs Bitcoin (Story)
Oct 17, 2014
‘Loving your body’ embraced at Western (Story)
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