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.
Fort Madison, IA – Lee County Residents had their first opportunity to weigh in on the future of the Lee County Economic Development Group. About 20 residents attended the Board of Supervisors' first public economic development forum. Vice-Chairman George Morgan says the turn-out was good and the input was productive. After a slow start to the forum, about a dozen residents voiced questions, concerns, and ideas. One called on the county to buy the old Wabash building near Fort Madison and move the county offices there.
Macomb, IL – This is International Education Week. A number of activities will be held on the W.I.U. campus, including a performance by a music group made up of faculty members from different parts of the world. The Julstrom String Quartet was founded in 2000. It's named in honor of Clifford Julstrom, who was a string teacher and former chair of Western's music department. Two original members of the quartet are still with the group. They are cellist Moises Molina, who grew up in Honduras, and violinist Elizabeth Aquila, who hails from Minnesota.
Macomb, IL – The Illinois Veterinary Emergency Response Team is briefing members from across the state on how to handle an outbreak of animal diseases. Dr. Karen Blakely of Macomb says this year topics included an update on the progress of Avian Flu around the world. Blakely says the FBI also included its prognosis on agri-terrorism. Sessions also included monitoring for animal disease. Dr. Blakely says the group is trying to increase preparedness at county and city levels, working with emergency service and disaster agency members.