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2:05 am
Wed January 18, 2006

Council Adds New Member and Approves Union Deals

Fort Madison, IA – The Fort Madison City Council is once again working at full strength. The city council has appointed Greg Smith to the post of at-large council member. Smith replaces Steve Ireland, who resigned with 2 years remaining in his term. Ireland was elected mayor last November. Smith is an educational consultant with Great River AEA #16 in Burlington. He says he is excited about the opportunity to serve. Smith says he wants to improve Fort Madison so that residents will stay in the community and make it their home. The city received 4 applications for the at-large post.

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WIUM Local
11:13 am
Tue January 17, 2006

Going To The Movies

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.

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WIUM Local
10:55 am
Tue January 17, 2006

Aldermen Delay Vote on Tax Hike

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.

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WIUM Local
9:39 am
Tue January 17, 2006

Carthage to Rehabilitate Homes

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.

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WIUM Local
6:36 am
Tue January 17, 2006

Supervisors Crafting Lee County Budget

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.

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