Macomb, IL – An attempt to shift 16 students into the Macomb school district will get another hearing before the regional school board. A circuit judge directed the petitioners to change their petitions to include the newly-formed Schuyler-Industry school district as part of their comparisons. He also said the original petitioners must sign the amended petition. The regional board approved the detachment in a hearing last summer. It also upheld its decision when the issue was remanded to it earlier. No date has been set for the third hearing.
Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk School District has recieved some interest in the Old Middle School property along Main Street. Local businessman Jon Warren has offered the district $200,000 for the nearly 2 blocks of property. Business Manager Greg Reynolds says Warren wants to turn the site into a recreational center. The school board has countered with an offer of $750,000, which is lower than the original price tag of nearly $865,000. School Board President Julia Logan says the district has to consider many factors when it sells this property.
Macomb, IL – Macomb City Administrator Mike Hays is recommending a hike in the telecommunications tax. Right now, the tax is 2%, but Hays believes it should be increased to 6%, which is the maximum allowed by the state. Hays says the city has made budget cuts for at least a decade. He thinks Macomb now needs to find more money in order to remain competitive with similar cities. Hays says Macomb faces rising costs for salaries, health insurance, and a host of other expenses. A 6% tax would generate $465,000 per year. The current 2% tax brings in $155,000.
Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University is now in a position to begin developing its new campus in the Quad Cities. The state says it will release more than $2 million to pay for the architectural and engineering plans for renovating the building on the site. The total cost of renovating the building is estimated to be around $15 million. The 20-acre riverfront site was donated to WIU by John Deere & Company. The new campus could eventually contain three buildings and serve at least 3,000 students. That's more than double the capacity at the current campus in the Quad Cities.