Macomb, IL – This semester's International Film Series in Macomb will include movies from several different countries, plus a documentary and a reissue of a 1970s film. The series resumes Wednesday with "Oliver Twist." This latest adaptation of a Charles Dickens novel was directed by Roman Polanski. Carmike Cinemas I & II Manager Larry Jarvis says it's one of the best adaptations of a Dickens novel that he's seen. Jarvis says next week's film will be "Junebug." The documentary is "Protocols of Zion," which explores a resurgence of anti-Semitism in the post-9/11 world.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen will wait a little longer before deciding whether to increase the city's telecommunications tax. Mayor Mick Wisslead asked for the delay because he wants the entire city council to tackle the issue. Aldermen John Maguire and Tim Lobdell were absent from Tuesday night's meeting. If the tax is increased, the city would need to file a resolution with the state by March 20. The city is considering the tax hike as a way of generating more revenue. Right now, the 2% tax brings in $155,000 per year.
Carthage, IL – A state grant will help the city of Carthage rehabilitate up about ten homes owned by low-income residents. The $380,000 from the Illinois Housing Development Authority will be used for improvements such as heating, plumbing, wiring or roof replacement. Community Developer Brenda Pyatt says the work is to improve the livability of the homes and improve the community's housing stock. The city will work with the Western Illinois Regional Council to help identify homeowners who qualify. Pyatt says a meeting will be scheduled later to outline the applications process.
Keokuk, IA – The Lee County Board of Supervisors has started focusing on the spending portion of the county's budget for next year. The board has scheduled day-long workshops with elected leaders and department heads for the next 3 days. These open workshops will focus on the budget requests for each department, and on how well the current budget is being followed throughout the county. Last year, the board raised property tax rates by more than 30% to help fill a more than $1,000,000 shortfall in the county's 2 general funds.