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9:58 pm
Wed October 19, 2005

McDonough County to Install Electronic Locks

Macomb, IL – McDonough County will install electronic, thumbprint activated locks on the doors leading to the judges' chambers. Board Chairman Bob Harwick says the circuit judges had asked for increased security for the courthouse. He says an incident in which a courthouse visitor was stopped while trying to gain access to the chambers during the evening helped convince county board members of the need. Harwick says the move is a start, and further measures will be discussed later. The set of four locks will cost $1,000.

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WIUM Local
5:27 pm
Wed October 19, 2005

Beardstown Youth Drama Expanded

Beardstown, IL – Volunteers trying to restore the Beardstown opera house are starting a weekend drama program for children. Dr. Harold Fisher says the Historic Preservation Foundation has worked with the park district on youth programs in the past. Now he says the group has about 20 Kindergarteners through fourth-graders registered for Saturday workshops. Fisher says the youth drama program will keep the name of the opera house before the public ... while the foundation prepares for a major fund-raising effort.

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WIUM Local
5:17 pm
Wed October 19, 2005

Transport Management Centralized

Macomb, IL – The City of Macomb is hiring the regional council to provide a single manager for the four public transit systems. Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead says the state demanded a manager as a condition of continuing to receive grants. Gary Zeigler of the Western Illinois Regional Council will coordinate the taxi service, along with Red Cross, Go West and Bridgeway services. The city will pay about $103,000 for the first year's contract. Wisslead says benefits could include better use of vehicles, centralized maintenance and an extended service area.

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WIUM Local
4:55 pm
Tue October 18, 2005

Ethanol Plant Closer to Loan Arrangement

Canton, IL – Those trying to build an ethanol plant in Canton hope the spikes in oil and gas prices help them complete their financing. General Manager Mike Smith says Central Illinois Energy hopes to complete negotiations for a bank loan within 45 days. He says some people had questioned the construction of a coal-burning power station to provide heat and steam for ethanol production. But Smith says the extra cost of building the power station will be more than offset by lower energy costs. Smith says CIE has a 19-year contract for coal fines at a fixed cost.

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WIUM Local
6:56 am
Tue October 18, 2005

Lee County Residents Might Vote On County Seat

Keokuk, IA – Lee County residents might get the chance to weigh in on the future consolidation of county government. Supervisor Joe Kowzan says he wants a question on the November 2006 ballot that asks residents if Lee County should have just one county seat. Lee County is the only county in Iowa with two official seats (Fort Madison and Keokuk). Kowzan says creating one seat might be the best way to help deal with Lee County's budget problems. He says the question would ask voters to give the Board of Supervisors the authority to determine the location of the county seat.

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