East Moline, IL – A bill awaiting the governor's signature would probhibit Illinois from buying any products made with child labor. East Moline Democratic State Representative Mike Boland says the measure not only would work to keep children in school, but would prevent unfair competition to Illinois businesses. Penalties for violating the provisions of the law could include a fine of up to the value of the product, along with a prohibition on doing state business for up to a year.
Springfield, IL – A new law requires a dental exam by the end of the Kindergarten, second and sixth grade students in Illinois. The bill covers both public and private school students. Gary Johnson of the Illinois Dental Society says the measure could help prevent absences. Parents will have until the end of the school year to have the exams completed. The state is preparing forms that will be used in the program.
Macomb, IL – A cross-country cyclist is pedaling from the east to the west coast on a personal mission to raise money for the American Cancer Society. David Buckley left North Carolina on Mother's day and hopes to reach Oregon by the end of August. He says he got the idea for the cross-country trip when he couldn't ride his bike in a cancer society walk-a-thon. He's collecting donations as he travels, stopping occasionally to work to raise money to help finance the trip. He spent the weekend at Macomb's Heritage Days before heading for Iowa.
Fort Madison, IA – The Board of Supervisors' proposal is expected to be formally voted on next week. The first step is a 3% wage increase for all non-union workers, which is similar to what union workers will receive. The savings come into play by cutting the work-week for union workers by an hour, as well as requiring non-union workers to pay part of their insurance premiums. The non-union workers would pay $25 each month towards a single insurance policy, and $50 for a family plan.
Keokuk, IA – Lee County must update its voting equipment to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act. Before that can happen, the county must decide how many polling sites are needed and if consolidation of precincts is possible. One proposal would combine Charleston, Van Buren, and Des Moines townships into one precinct, Cedar, Marion, and Franklin into another, and Green Bay, Denmark, and Washington into a third precinct. Auditor Anne Pedersen says this could save the county $40,000 because new equipment would not be needed for four townships.