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.
Macomb, IL – Macomb is planning to add some parking near the Amtrak station. The city council has agreed to buy the one-acre site at 305 N. Randolph St. and convert it into a parking lot. The site once housed grain elevators, and Mayor Mick Wisslead says it will take a while to prepare it for parking. He says it could be next year before the property is ready. The city will pay $30,000 to acquire the land.
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.