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11:04 am
Thu February 2, 2006

Court Asked to Return Students

Macomb, IL – The Schuyler-Industry school district is asking a court to direct a group of students to attend its schools ... or to pay tuition. The regional school board gave parents permission to detach from Industry and attend in Macomb. However, a series of court challenges has stayed final implementation. The students enrolled in Macomb last fall. However, the Schuyler-Industry district says court cases say the students should be attending there until all court cases are settled. It wants students to attend in Rushville, or pay tuition to Macomb.

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WIUM Local
10:12 am
Thu February 2, 2006

Keokuk City Council Supports Public Consolidation Vote

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council has weighed in on the possible consolidation of Lee County government. The Lee County Board of Supervisors has spent the last year talking about creating one county seat, instead of the current seats, Keokuk and Fort Madison. The Keokuk City Council approved a resolution, last night, that calls on the supervisors to not act on any consolidation effort without a positive vote of the citizens of Lee County. Alderman Bill Olmsted says the citizens should have a say in the possible consolidation of Lee County.

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WIUM Local
7:27 am
Thu February 2, 2006

Bank Merger Completed

Macomb, IL – A business from Chicago's suburbs has completed its acquisition of a western Illinois bank company. JGS Investments assumed ownership of Citizens Central Bancorp on February 1. CCB is the parent company of Citizens National Bank. The purchase price was not announced. The new president of Citizens National Bank is Todd Lester, who's been with the bank for 16 years. The new CEO is Jim Schisler, who's been with CNB for 46 years. Both positions had been filled by Tim Flemming. The firm says Flemming retired after 18 years with CNB.

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6:06 am
Thu February 2, 2006

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WIUM Local
4:49 am
Thu February 2, 2006

Sales Tax Change To Voters In Fort Madison

Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison residents will soon have a say in putting more money into the city's general fund. The city council has voted to shift how the money generated through the city's one cent local-option sales tax is spent. Currently, 60% goes into the general fund while the remaining 40% is used for Fort Madison's streets. The county wants 80% to go into the general fund, which is used for police, fire, and parks; and the rest towards streets. Mayor State Ireland says the shift could generate an extra $180,000 a year for the general fund...

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