Macomb, IL – Colchester Police Chief Dan Kreps is McDonough County's new Emergency Services and Disaster Agency director. County Board Chairman Bob Harwick said Kreps' law enforcement training and background will be useful in his new half-time position. Harwick had said he wanted to avoid a conflict of interest in the emergency services post. However, since the police chief's job in Colchester is only a half-time post, he says Kreps will be available when the county needs him. Kreps received his bachelor's in law enforcement last year from WIU.
Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Lottery's TouchPlay video machines could soon be gone from businesses across the state. The Iowa Legislature has sent a bill to Governor Tom Vilsack banning the machines and requiring them to be removed from businesses within 45 days of the bill becoming law. Vilsack says, when he returns from a trip to India, he will sign any measure regarding TouchPlay machines that has been approved by lawmakers. Another TouchPlay bill, that has been approved by the Iowa House, would give business owners until September to get rid of the machines.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are getting ready to increase the number of wards in the city from five to seven. The change is required because the census recount shows the city's population is back above 20,000. First Ward Alderman Charles Gilbert helped draw the new maps, which he shared with the rest of the city council this week. He says the population sizes in the wards range from about 2,500 to 3,100. He says a couple of the larger wards are landlocked while at least one of the smaller wards could experience growth in the coming years.
Fort Madison, IA – The Lee County Board of Supervisors wants to open up the debate on consolidating county operations. Chairman George Morgan says the board will hold several workshops in the coming weeks and months to move the discussion forward. Morgan expects elected leaders, department heads, and members of the public to be involved in the workshops. Lee County's 2 largest cities have already weighed in on the issue. The Keokuk City Council has called on the board to only consolidate operations if approved by the citizens.