Burlington, IA – Burlington residents have several options to choose from to fill several open seats on the city council. Nine candidates returned their nominating petitions to the city clerk's office in time to run for three open city council seats. With that many candidates, a primary election will be held October 11th to narrow the field to six for the November general election. The three incumbants are each seeking re-election. Four former city council members are also in the race. The three council seats each carry a four year term.
Macomb, IL – A paint recycling program will begin soon in Macomb. Chad Bratz of the Tri-County Resource and Waste Management Council says equipment is being installed and a grant has purchased a truck. The vehicle will be used to collect paint and electronic goods from drop-off points in seven western Illinois counties. Bratz says the paint will be mixed and then sold in five-gallon buckets. He says the goal is to keep paint out of landfills. The electronic goods will be recycled in Peoria. The operation is housed in Macomb's Business and Technology Center.
Pike County, IL – Illinois was home to the first U.S. town founded by an African-American. That former slave's name was Frank McWorter - or Free Frank as he became known. The town's name was New Philadelphia and it was located in western Illinois' Pike County. The town faded into the prairie many years ago. Archeologists are now digging through the site, seeking artifacts that might provide some clues into what life was like in antebellum New Philadelphia.