Havana, IL – Havana, Illinois is working to increase the number of volunteers available for clubs or city activities. VISTA worker Axton Betz says a two-session course earlier this month focused on how to recruit and retain volunteers. Now a meeting scheduled next week will add community input to decide how the city come up with a database of possible volunteers ... and how groups could access that. Betz says one spin-off is that a volunteer coordinating committee has already been formed for the local school system .
Rushville, IL – Illinois State Senator John Sullivan wants the un-opened prison at Rushville converted into a facility for sex offenders. The prison was built to house juveniles, but never opened because of state budget woes and a decreasing juvenile prison population. Sullivan says Rushville spent much money on roads, sewers, water lines and a water tower to lure the prison. He says the state should move the sex offenders who must be kept in custody away from the aging Joliet facility to Rushville.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen will consider a ten-fold increase in the minimum fine for fighting. Right now, the fine is $25. But aldermen will be asked to hike it to a minimum of $250. The city's police department says fighting is becoming more prevalent. It's already responded to more than 80 fights this school year. Police also say the fights are getting more serious. The department says at least two people have undergone surgery for their injuries. The city's legal counsel will draft an ordinance for aldermen to review at next week's committee meeting.
Rushville, IL – Congressman Ray LaHood (R-Peoria) was in Rushville to announce an $800,000 grant to upgrade and refurbish the downtown square. LaHood says the money, to be partially matched with city funds, will cover work on streets, sidewalks, and a re-laying of the brick streets that surround the park. Rushville Mayor Ron Shepherd says the city also plans to upgrade sidewalks and street lighting. He says they will also replace some of the water and sewer lines during construction. Shepherd says a city committee is working on how to come up with the $400,000 or more of the city's share.
Macomb, IL – Township clean-ups in western Illinois are gaining an extra benefit -- paint and electronics recycling. The Emmet Township cleanup over the weekend filled about 4 large dumpsters with everything from windows to lawn furniture. Tri-County Resource and Waste Management Council Director Chad Bratz says paint and electronics were set aside to be kept from the landfill. He says his organization has segregated about 16 tons of electronics to be taken to Peoria for recycling. The agency is also preparing to recycle latex paint for sale.