Beardstown, IL – Habitat for Humanity says it has built and rehabilitated more than 150,000 homes since it was founded in 1976. Now, for the first time, one of those homes is in Cass County, IL. The single-story house is located at 6th and Monroe in Beardstown. The proud new owner is Tony Watson, who says it's a dream come true. A dedication ceremony for the home attracted more than 50 people. They toured the house and gave gifts, including an American flag, a handmade quilt, and a cookbook. Watson's mother flew in from San Francisco and gave her son a swing for the front porch.
Rushville, IL – A special Rushville committee will evaluate requests by householders to opt-out of the city-mandated trash pickup program. In an advisory referendum last spring, residents approved mandatory pickup. Street committee chairwoman Karen Diseron says the idea is to eliminate backyard burning barrels and make the town cleaner. However, she says some elderly people who generate little trash want to escape the requirement. She says some residents who spend several winter months out of town also do not like the monthly bill.