Fort Madison, IA – The workweek for some Lee County employees will be returning to normal. During this week's meeting, the County Board of Supervisors officially overturned its decision to reduce the workweek for the county's union workers. The move is part of an agreement between the county and the unions representing its workers to settle several prohibitive practice complaints that had been filed. Employees who worked the reduced hours for almost two months will also be compensated.
West Burlington, IA – Southeastern Community College has received more than two dozen applications for the vacant position of president. Board of Trustees Secretary Sherry Zeller says a committee consisting of several Iowa community college presidents will review the 26 applications. The panel will narrow the field to 8. Zeller says SCC's search committee will then review the applicants. It will recommend up to five of the remaining candidates to the Board of Trustees for individual interviews. SCC hopes to have a new president in place by the beginning of the calender year.
Jacksonville, IL – A survivor of the Rwanda genocide is urging U.S. action to stop the killings in Sudan. Paul Rusesabagina told a crowd at Illinois College how he relied on his business accumen to bribe militiamen and called in favors when he was hiding more than 1,000 people in his luxury hotel. Rusesbagina managed the hotel where he hid refugees from the mass killins going on. He urged the audience to write to the President urging action to stop the killings in Sudan. He says he does not want to see a movie called "Hotel Darfur."
Rushville, IL – There is a new proposal for the Rushville prison, which remains empty two years after being built. Hundreds of people attended a meeting Thursday night to listen to the state's plan, which calls for the facility to house a civil commitment program. The program is for sexually violent people who've served their prison sentence but are deemed too dangerous to be released. The facility could employ around 250 people. Most would be guards. Supporters say it's important to open the facility instead of allowing it to remain vacant.