Burlington, IA – For the second consecutive year, Tri States Public Radio is the winner of an Edward R. Murrow regional award for Use of Sound. News Director Rich Egger and Southeast Iowa Bureau correspondent Jason Parrott collaborated on Let The Bells Ring to tell the story of an unusual concert held on the streets of Burlington, Iowa. The use of sound is superb, especially in the way it contrasts different aspects of the event. It gives listeners a feel for the performance while demonstrating how the concert experience was unique to each person who attended it.
Canton, IL – Democrats in west-central Illinois are still working to choose a candidate to replace retiring Congressman Lane Evans. Six hopefuls touted their credentials during a forum at Spoon River College in Canton. They are State Senator John Sullivan of Rushville, State Representative Mike Boland of East Moline, Macon County Auditor Amy Stockwell, Rock Island Mayor Mark Schwiebert, Congressional aide Phil Hare, and high school teacher Rob Mellon. This was the second of three forums. After the final one, elected precinct committeemen will be asked to nominate candidates.
Keokuk, IA – The number of supevisors in one Lee County office has been cut in half. The Board of Supervisors has voted to allow just one deputy in the county recorder's office, which currently has two deputies. State law allows county attorneys, auditors, recorders, sheriffs, and treasurers to appoint one or more employees to serve as deputy and fill in for them when necessary. Recorder Larry Holtkamp says cutting out the second deputy will impact his office.
LaHarpe, IL – The Illinois treasurer's office is arranging an emergency "bridge loan" to help keep a LaHarpe nursing home open and 32 patients cared for. Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka says the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center notified her office it would have to begin procedures to close on Monday unless it received $150,000. Topinka says the emergency loan will be at no interest. It is designed to help out until the state catches up on Medicaid payments to the care center. Staff at the nursing home say the state is at least six months behind in Medicaid payments.