New Boston, IL – A bi-state group is working to re-establish ferry service between New Boston, Illinois and Oakville, Iowa. Terry Elliot chairs the Illowa Ferryboat and Development Corporation. He says the group has $360,000 in federal and state grants to begin studies. He says engineering and environmental studies could be underway within the year. Elliot says ferry service began at New Boston before the Civil War. The last ferry made its run in 1973. He says a feasibility study done three years ago showe re-establishing the service would boost tourism and business.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County Circuit Clerk Kim Wilson wants the county board to increase two fees that are added to court cases when they're filed. Wilson says shke's running out of space to store the 10,000 or more documents that are filed with her office every year. She wants to increase to $10 from $5 the automation fee and the document storage fee. The former is to help cover the cost of computers and networks needed to handle the office operations.
Macomb, IL – The United States Department of Agriculture is touting the amount of money it invests in western Illinois. The agency presented a ceremonial check for $36.5 million at Western Illinois University on Wednesday. The check is payable to the people of the 17th Congressional District. The USDA says the figure represents the amount it invested in the district last year. USDA Illinois Director Doug Wilson says the agency helped 350 families buy or improve their homes in the district last year. The money was also used for business development, healthcare, and other needs.
Fort Madison, IA – Lee County's budget for next year could include plans to consolidate county government. Creating 1 Lee County seat has been a point of discussion for months, but no major action has been taken by the Board of Supervisors. The board has considered placing a public input question on the November ballot, but it now seems to be leaning away from that idea. Instead, the board now appears to be ready to simply pass a resolution stating its intention to create one county seat, and then work on the logistics of the plan.