Macomb, IL – McDonough County faces a Sept. 30 deadline for ordering handicapped-accessible voting machines. However, County Clerk Florine Miller is hoping for an extension. Miller says the Illinois State Board of Elections has approved only two voting machines for the March primary. Two more are being tested. Miller says her preference would be an attachment to the county's Accuvote system, but she's not sure it will be certified by the state.
Keokuk, IA – Southeastern Community College is trying to do more to stop academic dishonesty. The SCC Board of Trustees has approved the establishment of an academic integrity policy for the entire institution. The Executive Dean of Keokuk Campus, Tim Ahern, says that in the past, professors had to come up with their own policies to deal with cheating or plagerism. He says the faculty at SCC requested the policy to deal with the ease of cheating through the internet. The measure focuses on specific classifications of academic dishonesty: fraud, cheating, plagerism, and forgery.
Keokuk, IA – Business did not go on as usual for Keokuk's city council last night. The city council was forced to cancel its meeting because it did not have enough members in attendance. Since there are 9 seats on the council, 5 members must be present to hold an official meeting. Last night, just 4 showed up. Mayor Dave Gudgel says that while the cancellation will be forgotten in a couple of months, it is agrevating. The council has come close to cancelling meetings in recent months due to a lack of attendance. One contributing factor is a pair of vacant seats.
Versailles, IL – As part of its new franchise agreement, the Versailles village board will gain access to a cable television channel. Village Board member Randy Hetzel says there will be no live broadcasts for the moment, but the village will be able to post safety warnings or general information on the government access channel. He says the franchise also includes broadband internet for the city building, which could lead to a web home page for the village. Hetzel says this will let the village attract more people from the surrounding area to village events.
Macomb, IL – Those who love jazz will love being in Macomb this weekend. The annual Al Sears Jazz Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, September 16 - 18. The event will begin with Jazz In The Clubs on Friday night. Four venues in downtown Macomb will feature live music. The festival will continue on Saturday with Jazz In The Park. There will be performances in Chandler Park from 12:15 p.m. until well into the evening. The fest wraps up on Sunday with Jazz On Campus, which will feature a jazz brunch. All of the events except the brunch are free.