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.
Macomb, IL – Faculty from a law enforcement institute in Russia have visited WIU's law enforcement department and other state police agencies. WIU department chairman Stephen Reinhart says the exchange will be with St. Petersburg University, which has more than 7,000 students, all studying some branch of law enforcement. WIU students will go there this fall, while two graduate students from the Russian institution will enroll at WIU. Reinhart says police in Russia are slowly working away from being a centralized institution with all guidance coming from Moscow.
Keokuk, IA – Lee County now has a standard plan in place for responding to major emergencies. The Board of Supervisors has adopted the National Incident Management System, or NIMS, for use by the county. Emergency Management Coordinator, Steve Cirinna, says the federal government designed the program in response to the Sept. 11th attacks on the east coast. He says NIMS establishes a clear chain of command, standardizes names for equipment and personnel, and creates a universal language for certain operations.
Macomb, IL – Bushnell alderman and the MAEDCO board are discussing to decide whether the town will join. Mayor Steve Russell says the Macomb Area Industrial Development Corporation has included Bushnell in some of its activities. He says if the town were to join, that would be ramped up somewhat. The two organizations have been discussing what each could do for the other. Russell says MAEDCO should decide by June whether the town would be allowed to join. He says aldermen will talk about joining at a future council meeting.