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.
Keokuk, IA – A proposal to borrow millions of dollars to repair Keokuk's streets is closer to becoming a reality. The city council used its recent workshop to review the potential cost of borrowing $3,000,000 every 3 years for the next 12 years. Mayor Dave Gudgel expects the first step in the borrowing process to take place soon. If the current council moves ahead and borrows the $3,000,000; Gudgel says future councils will have to decide if they want to continue the borrowing program.
Macomb, IL – A judge has sent a possible school detachment back to the starting point. Dissatisfied with rulings prepared by attorneys, a McDonough County judge has said a group of parents who want their students to attend Macomb Schools must prepare a new petition. He says it must ask that the students transfer from the Schuyler-Industry district, Instead of just from Industry. Judge David Stoverink also told the regional school superintendent, Bob Baumann, that if the petition is not amended, the regional school board must turn it down.
Macomb, IL – Health care professionals estimate more than 800,000 people in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS. Another figure is even more alarming: up to one-third of those people do not know they are infected. However, there are ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the disease. In Illinois, the Public Health Department's "Wellness on Wheels" van offers free AIDS testing. The vehicle has made stops in a number of cities and was recently at WIU for a day.