Macomb, IL – News Director Rich Egger sat down with State Representative Rich Myers (R-Colchester) to talk about the new spending plan for Illinois and its impact on the western part of the state. The topics reviewed include K-12 spending levels, new money for WIU, and the increased spending for Amtrak. Another issue discussed is the continued lag in reimbursement for Medicaid providers. Myers also shared some thoughts on State Representative Art Tenhouse (R-Liberty), who has announced he will retire from the legislature.
Quincy, IL – A longtime state lawmaker from West-Central Illinois says there are several reasons why he will resign. State Representative Art Tenhouse (R-Liberty) says he will leave office this summer to become the Illinois CPA Society's VP of Government Affairs. He has served in the legislature for more than 16 years. Tenhouse, who is an accountant, says he will worki in Springfield as a lobbyist as part of the new job. He says this position will allow him to spend more time with his family.
Macomb, IL – WIU's Student Government Association is once again asking the Macomb City Council for a street light on the Wigwam Hollow Road bridge, but the council remains opposed to the idea. The SGA says the bridge is especially dark at night and the area is heavily populated by deer. It believes a light would improve safety. The SGA has also indicated that city code requires a street light every 450 feet. But the city says that applies only to new residential subdivisions. It also says lights are not installed on rural roads such as Wigwam Hollow.