Abingdon, IL – Abingdon students have been monitoring wind speeds at their school since last fall to see if they could install an effictive wind turbine. Now physics teacher Phil Willis says they're filing for a grant to see what it would take to form their own wind cooperative. He says the idea of a turbine just for their school has grown to a wind farm that could help cut the bills of several schools. He says students are analyzing power needs at 10 neighboring schools to see if turbines could offset most of the power needs.
Sp[ringfield, IL – Film makers across the country are being asked to submit ideas for a major production on Abraham Lincoln. The film is to coincide with the bi-centennial of his birth. The final product is expected in about four years. The goal is a documentary that would be shown on PBS. Proposals have been sought. Project directors plan to have selected one of them by the end of this year.
Monmouth, IL – Senior citizens will be one of several groups to benefit from a community technology center in western Illinois. An old silent movie theater on the third floor of Monmouth's Patton Building will be renovated to house the center. Lantern Learning Center's Paul Schuytema says the purpose of the center is to educate and connect local citizens. Residents will be able to take classes that show how to use technology, how to start and maintain a business and how to market on-line. The center will also be open to casual users.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are getting back to work on revising the city's liquor code. The latest version does not allow alcohol to be sold on Sundays at bars, taverns, nightclubs, and package stores. Restaurants and civic and fraternal clubs would have an opportunity to do so, but would need to purchase a special license. There are also some changes to the fees charged for various license categories, and there's a proposal to reduce the size of the liquor commission from seven members to three.
Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council has accepted the resignations of the three members of the Civil Service Commission. A recent statement by the panel alluded to a lack of communication between the commission and the city as the cause of the resignations. The council appointed Pat Hogan to fill the one immediate commission resignation. The other two take effect August 1. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the three residents served the city admirably.