Macomb, IL – Western's president is pledging to find the money for salary equity -- sooner rather than later. The school has been trying for years to bring its workers' pay in-line with what's paid at similar sized state universities. During the annual Founders' Day Celebration on Friday, President Al Goldfarb told employees the issue will be a top priority. Goldfarb said he wants to get it done within the next two years. Goldfarb said the university also faces a number of other challenges.
Oquawka, IL – Henderson County will hold its annual Heritage Trail Days on Saturday and Sunday. Events will be held throughout the county. One such event is an hour-long skit called "Aunt Dinah's Quilting Party." Narrator Sally Day says it's about Quaker women who made quilts that were displayed to relay messages to those on the underground railroad. Day says no one thought these women would be doing anything to help escaped slaves. That made it easier for them to accomplish their mission.
Macomb, IL – WIU Communication Professor Nathan Miczo spent the last year researching humor and its links to one's sense of security. He outlined some of his findings in the 13th annual Thompson lecture on the campus. He became curious about laughter while doing research as an undergraduate. His research shows there is a high correlation between a person's ability to be creative and a person's ability and willingness to play.
Hamilton, IL – The Hamilton School Board has approved the district's budget for the current fiscal year. Hamilton's total spending plan is about $4,850,000 for the fiscal year that began in July. About 75% of that is the educational fund, which pays for teacher salaries and day-to-day operations within the district. Superintendent Steve Breckon says for the first time in years, that fund is projected to end the year in the black. He says that is due to the voters shifting part of the property tax rate to the educational fund.
Macomb, IL – One of the Republicans running for Congress in west-central Illinois says morals and values will matter in his campaign. Jim Mowen says he is pro-life and will vote accordingly on any questions that come before him if he's elected to serve. However, Mowen hedged when asked if he would vote in favor of a bill that bans abortions, even in cases involving rape or incest. Mowen says the country needs to work toward making abortions rare, but adds there also needs to be understanding.