Rushville, IL – The Schuyler County Board has voted 6-1 against establishing a hog operation in the northern part of the county. Chairman Brian Peak says members expressed two major concerns. One was liability in case there was a spill or the 15-thousand pig operation went out of business. The other was the effect of construction on roads in Oakland Township. Peak says the township is not a wealthy one and would have a hard time repairing major damage. Peak says the board will ask the Illinois Department of Agriculture for a bond if it approves the hog operation.
Augusta, IL – The head of Illinois' education department says his office is prepared to help the Southeastern School District recover from this month's fire at the high school. State Superintendent Randy Dunn hopes there will be some money available to help pay for the temporary relocation of students, who will attend classes at the Bowen Methodist Church for the remainder of the school year. The district hopes to have temporary portable classrooms in place for next school year, and Dunn says his office will work with the state's Capital Development Board to help pay for those.
Carthage, IL – Carthage might quadruple the amount of water it buys from Hamilton. Mayor James Nightingale says the city has a contract to buy 20,000 thousand gallons a day to supplement what it draws from its lake. However, he says the lake is as low as he's ever seen it and the supply is inadequate. He says the city is considering buying up to 80-thousand gallons per day. He says the city uses almost 300-thousand gallons each day. Nightingale says the lake might become full after spring rains, which could cut the amount the city would have to buy.
Monmouth, IL – Sixty buildings around Monmouth's downtown square have been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Linda Lee Blaine of the Western Illinois Economic Development Partnership says the designation is expected to boost tourism. She says it can also help spur downtown renovation. Building owners who fix up their buildings according to guidelines can be eligible for a 20-percent tax credit. Blaine says the next step will be further research on the architectural style and history of each building.