Macomb, IL – Two ethanol plants will be added to western Illinois. Central Illinois Energy in Canton, Illinois, has completed its financing and plans to begin construction within a month. It will produce about 25-million gallons per year. A group of investors has also announced plans for a 100-million gallon per year plant to be located somewhere in Adams County. Spokeswoman Mary Holmes says the investors fhave taken options on several possible plots of land and are refining their business plan. Holmes says there is little danger in the near future of overproducing ethanol.
Hamilton, IL – Two Hancock County school districts may soon have new superintendents. The Hamilton School District has already hired Jim Jackson to replace outgoing superintendent, Steve Breckon, who is retiring at the end of June. School Board President, Rusty Dowdall, says Jackson stood out among the five candidates who were interviewed. Jackson previously served as the superintendent of the Grant Consolidated Community School District in Fairview Heights, IL. He signed a 5 year contract with the Hamilton School District that will pay him about $94,000 during the 1st year.
Keokuk, IA – An Iowa Congressman says the United States must commit to pulling troops out of Iraq, on its own terms. Jim Leach (R) says that must be done as soon as Iraq has a functioning and stable government in place. He says a hard deadline does not need to be set, though. Instead, he says a window of time should be established so the committment to leave is apparant. Congressman Leach, who voted against going to war in Iraq, made his comments during a recent stop in Keokuk.