Macomb, IL – Bond revenues will help Western Illinois University expand a heavily used building. The money is for the Donald Spencer Student Recreation Center and the plan was approved by the Board of Trustees during a teleconference meeting Thursday afternoon. $2 million in bonds will pay half the cost of the expansion. The other $2 million will come from existing funds and student fees. The addition will be built on the center's west side and will allow the university to create a larger weight room, a longer track, and make other improvements.
Fort Madison, IA – The Fort Madison City Council is still searching for ways to fill a more than $300,000 general fund deficit. After 4 workshops, City Manager Bill Kelly has given the council members a lengthy list of budget cutting options to consider. He says the council must balance the budget through cuts that will benefit the financial future of Fort Madison. No firm committments have been made at this point. Kelly says the council hopes to adopt a preliminary budget in one month.
Carthage, IL – Carthage's Assistant Police Chief is on administrative leave while the Illinois State Police finish an investigation. Mayor James Nightingale says the council granted the paid leave through next month if necessary. He says the investigation concerns a DARE pickkup truck Floyd sold the city after it had been rejuvenated, partly with donations. It also involves some guns Floyd acquired from a family that did not want them in the home of their elderly father. Nightingale says the investigation could be completed within a few weeks.