Macomb, IL – Sustainability was the focus of the third Environmental Summit at Western Illinois University. Organizer Bill Doe of the WIU Institute for Environmental studies says the goal is to use fewer resources and to recycle more. He says the concept is beginning to catch on more as businesses find it can improve their profitability. The summit included booths of different environmental organizations, workshops on energy use, conservation and recycling. Chad Pregracke of Living Lands and Waters was the keynote speaker.
Chicago, IL – Former Illinois Governor George Ryan and his co-defendant Larry Warner have been found guilty of all charges against them. Ryan promises to fight the verdict. WIU Law Enforcement professor Barry Anderson believes the appeal process will be unusually long and intricate. The jury deliberated for ten days before reaching its decision. Jurors say there was no single piece of evidence that led to the verdict. The jurors say they had reached their decision on Thursday, but some of them wanted to think over some lingering questions before announcing the verdict.
Macomb, IL – Macomb's $18.2 million spending plan for next fiscal year contains no major new initiatives. The budget, which goes into effect May 1, was unanimously approved by aldermen Monday night. City Administrator Mike Hays says it's basically a maintenance budget. He says the closest thing to a new program is a $2,000 stone refurbishment plan for the cemetary. Also at the meeting, aldermen agreed to increase cemetary burial fees. In addition, they chose to hike water, sewer, and trash collection rates. They decided to maintain the six-bag limit for trash.