Macomb, IL – McDonough County Clerk Florine Miller says the state has approved the handicapped accessible voting machines she plans to use. Federal rules require the new machines by the March primaries. Miller says the Diebold machines will work with the county's present Accuvote system and should make it easy to come up with totals quickly. She says the new machines do maintain a paper trail for verification in case of a contested election. Miller says a $133,000 federal grant will cover most of the cost. She hopes to have one machine in each precinct.
December 22, 2005 – Rich Egger talks to Mike Dickson of WIU's Center for the Application of Information Technology (CAIT) about issues related to bringing affordable broadband service to rural communities.
Hannibal, MO – It could cost a little more to spend the night in Hannibal. The Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau plans to place a question on the April ballot asking the public to approve an increase in the city's hotel motel tax. Executive Director, Beau Hicks, says the CVG wants to increase the bed tax from 3% to 6%. He says the tax increase could generate an additional $180,000 a year for the Hannibal CVB. That would essentially double the bureau's current budget. Hicks says the new money would be used to market Hannibal in larger cities such as St. Louis and Columbia.
Rushville, IL – Rushville has received a $110,000 state grant to extend a new sewer line to the northern part of town. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the new line will go to an area of about ten homes. It's bordered by the high school and the Schuylr Fair Board property. Shepherd says the homes in the recently-annexed area are now on a septic system. He says having a sewer line to the area could help development, or make growth at the school or the fairgrounds easier. The town will provide $50,000 in match money.