Macomb, IL – WIU Assistant Vice President for University Relations John Maguire, who serves as alderman in Macomb's fourth ward, is recovering from heart surgery in a Springfield hospital. Maguire underwent the procedure this week. It's possible he'll be released from the hospital in a few days. It's not known when he will return to his WIU job or his post on the city council. The Macomb native has Bachelor's and Master's degrees from WIU and earned a Ph.D from Illinois State University. He's currently the longest serving member of the Macomb city council.
Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison's newest city leaders took the oath of office during Tuesday night's city council meeting. City Clerk Sue Mead opened the meeting by administering the oath of office to new mayor Steve Ireland. Ireland, in turn, swore in 2nd Ward Alderman Chris Greenwald and At Large Alderman Brad Randolph. Ireland, Greenwald, Randolph, and 4th Ward Alderman Neal Boeding were victorious in last November's city elections. Ireland says he wants to work on improving Fort Madison's image.
Keokuk, IA – One Southeast Iowa mayor says a new economic development tool could be in place within the first few weeks of 2006. The Iowa legislature approved a proposal, during the 2005 session, that would allow cities and counties to create port authorities. These facilities allow businesses and industries to store items in warehouses and provide easier access to air, river, rail, and road transportation. Keokuk Mayor Dave Gudgel says after months of work, a port authority in Southeast Iowa could become a reality.
Fort Madison, IA – The Lee County Board of Supervisors has a new chairman. The board used its first meeting of 2006 to promote Supervisor George Morgan from Vice-Chairman to Chairman. Morgan replaces Rick Larkin, who served as chairman during 2005, the first year the board expanded from 3 to 5 members. Morgan says, last year, the 5 supervisors decided they would elect a new chairman as the start of each new year. Supervisor Larry Kruse, the lone Republican on the board, was elected Vice-Chairman.