Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Clerk's office is asking the county board to create two more voting precincts in Macomb. Clerk Florine Miller says all WIU residence halls would be located in the two new precincts. She says many off-campus residents objected to having to vote on-campus. Miller says under the proposal they would continue to vote at the Wesley United Methodist Church. She says if the precincts are approved, more election judges will be needed. She says the change should not add other costs to an election.
Abingdon, IL – Abingdon students have been monitoring the wind speeds at their football field for almost one year. Now physics teacher Phil Willis says they're filing for a grant to see what it would take to form their own power cooperative. Willis says the original idea of trying a turbine for one school has grown to installing several turbines. He says students will analyze data on how much power the neighboring school districts ukse. They will then see if turbines might meet all or most of those needs.
Macomb, IL – An attorney who practices juvenile law believes many of today's children don't have the restraints of previous generations. John Biggers says society constantly tantalizes youth with the message that having "things" and power is what counts. Biggers says in recent years society has taken more of a get-tough attitude toward juvenile crime. However, he says developments such as teen courts offer a chance for young offenders to learn they should change their ways.
Keokuk, IA – The 3rd annual Medicine Eagle Gathering Of The People Pow Wow will take place from Friday evening through Sunday. Lois Deprima is with the Medicine Eagle Council, which organizes the event. She says children will be honored throughout the Pow Wow. The weekend will include ceremonial dancing, crafts, food, and a carnival. Deprima says Native Americans from across the country are expected to attend the Pow Wow.
Hamilton, IL – The Hamilton City Council has agreed to apply for two Illinois Department of Transportation grants. The money would be used to enhance the triangle junction at the intersection of highways 96 and 136. It would also help pay for the rebuilding of the old covered bridge along highway 96. The estimated cost of the projects is about $125,000. The city would have to come up with a local match of about $25,000 or turn down the grants if they are awarded to Hamilton.