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 Central Lee School District's attempt to pass a multi-million dollar bond referendum to fund facility improvements came up just short last fall, so the district will try again during a special election on Tuesday (September 10). The head of the district said this is the time to act to provide a better education for students for years to come.

Burlington's multi-million dollar permanent flood wall is still a few years from completion, so at times the city must rely on temporary barriers to hold back the Mississippi River. The failure of those barriers on June 1 allowed the river to overwhelm portions of the downtown, resulting in months of clean-up.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors tends to follow the advice of other county elected leaders and department heads when it comes to setting rules and establishing policy. But that was not the case this week as the board voted 3-2 to reject a proposed rural parking policy.

A new policy on the books in the Monmouth-Roseville School District subjects many students to random testing for drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. The district said the goal is to keep students safe.

The city of Keokuk will have to spend more money than anticipated on some planned renovations to the proposed Southeast Iowa Development Center, which will be located at 1417 Exchange Street.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) told a crowd of more than 50 at the Lost Canvas in downtown Keokuk that he is worried about the nation descending into division-based and fear-based politics.

Illinois will increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. A couple southeast Iowa lawmakers do not expect their state to follow suit.

Ben Trane is scheduled to stand trial December 12 on sex and child abuse charges related to his time in charge of Midwest Academy. The prosecution wants the court to move the trial out of Keokuk; it's worried about being able to seat an impartial jury.

The Iowa Attorney General's Office is recommending no criminal charges be filed against two Burlington police officers involved in a fatal shooting this month.

A judge ordered Midwest Academy to pay former employee Cheyenne Jerred $748,800 in her whistleblower lawsuit against the shuttered Lee County boarding school for troubled teens.

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