Macomb, IL – Students across the country are needing a greater amount of time to complete their undergraduate studies. For example, Western Illinois University reports just 31% of freshmen entering in 2000 completed their Bachelor's degree in four years. That figure is similar to what's being seen across the nation. There are numerous reasons why it's taking longer to complete a degree. Some students work part-time jobs or serve in the military, both of which cut into class time. In other cases, more courses are required to complete certain degree programs.
Keokuk, IA – The Lee County Democratic Central Committee still faces possible penalties for inaccurate campaign finance disclosures. The committee is accused of failing to file accurate financial reports in October of last year and January of this year. The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board's Executive Director, Charlie Smithson, says the reports showed the Central Committee spent and received no money during the last 6 months of 2004. The organization eventually amended its reports to show money was spent, during that time, on campaign advertisements.
Rushville, IL – A realignment plan proposed in the Schuyler-Industry School District would send all fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students to the building in Industry. Superintendent Matt Plater says this would take one grade out of each building in Rushville. He says this would free up space at those crowded schools and ensure the building in Industry is fully utilized. Plater outlined his recommendations in Rushville this week. About 200 people attended the meeting.
Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Courthouse will get three automatic heart defibrillators and a third floor fire escape ladder. Charles Ackers of the ad hoc Safety Committee says the group is working to reduce the number of hazards in the county's buildings. He says this could reduce the more than $900,000 now paid each year for liability and workers compensation premiums. Ackers says the committee was suggested by the county's insurance carrier. It includes members from all county agencies. He says the group has recommended some building repairs.