Macomb, IL – A McDonough County committee has decided to go with deadbolts instead of electronic locks to control access to the judges' chambers. Board chairman Bob Harwick says initially the group was considering an electronic, thumbprint-activated lock. However, he says judges preferred a simple but strong dead-bolt lock. Harwick says security became an issue when a man tried to fight his way back into the judges' area several weeks ago. He says the locks should be installed by the beginning of the year and will cost about $1,000.
Fort Madison, IA – One of the men who escaped from the maximum security prison in Fort Madison has been captured. Martin Moon, 34, was captured early Thursday morning in Chester, Illinois, which is about 250 miles southeast of Fort Madison. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations Director, Gene Meyer, says people found Moon asleep in a vehicle near the Menard State Penitentiary. Meyer says Moon woke up and drove away before crashing. He then tried to escape on foot before being captured.
Macomb, IL – As Macomb begins contemplating its proposed tax levy for next year, one alderman says the city needs to take a hard look at all of its revenue sources. The fourth ward's John Maguire is concerned the revenue stream might be inadequate for all of the city's needs and infrastructure projects. He's willing to push for a bigger increase in the tax levy, even if it means holding a Truth in Taxation hearing. Maguire says the hearing would be a chance to explain to residents what they have to show for their city taxes.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County Board members got a look at another of the handicapped-accessible voting machines they might be asked to purchase. Counties must have ADA-compliant voting machines in place for the March primaries. Clerk Florine Miller says the Accuvote machines are fully accessible by the handicapped. In addition, she says the tie in to the county's current Accuvote paper ballot counters to come up with a final tablulation. Federal money from the Help America Vote Act will pay up to $155,000 toward the county's purchase of the machines.