Havana, IL – An Illinois state grant will pay for research to find out how many Asian Carp there might be in the Illinois River. Jim Sneed of Carp Protein Products says his firm is considering a plant which would reduce the fish to a protein additive for sale on the international market. Sneed is finalizing his business plan and will be seeking grants and investors. He says the protein will go first to Asia. He says an American market could be developed later. He's also working on a use for the parts of the fish that are not used for food.
Galesburg, IL – A workforce study of nine western Illinois counties shows a need for more students to finish high school ... and take at least two years of additional schooling . Dr. Richard Judy did the study for the Workforce Investment Board. He says current trends show the region will not have enough trained workers for the number of jobs available by the year 2012. Judy says the aging of the region's population makes it even more important that younger workers receive the training needed to maintain the economy.
Macomb, IL – Organizers of the Macomb Charrette now have an idea of what the community would like for the West Jackson Street corridor. The corridor stretches from Johnson Street to the future location of the Macomb bypass. Those who attended the two-day Charrette indicated they would like a grocery store on the west side of town, more parks, and plenty of sidewalks. The community planning project was organized by the University of Illinois extension. It will now review the information and compile it into a report for the city.
Havana, IL – Havana schools are applying for a feasibility study grant to investigate whether wind power could help cut utility bills. Superintendent Suellen Girard says the district investigated the possibility a few years ago, but the numbers did not show the idea was feasible. Now she says it's becoming easier to sell power back to the utilities and a wind turbine might work out. She says two faculty members are very interested in the project and science students would be involved with the data collection and analysis. Girard hopes to learn whether she'll get the grant this spring.
Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University's president is earning more praise from members of the Board of Trustees. In addition, the board agreed to extend Al Goldfarb's rolling three-year contract. During their quarterly meeting in November, several trustees lauded Goldfarb for his dynamic leadership and Chairman Michael Houston said Goldfarb has done an outstanding job for the university. Trustees awarded Goldfarb with a 3.5% pay raise, retroactive to July 1. That brings his annual pay to $232,875. Goldfarb appreciates the praise but says there is still more work to do.