Lewistown, IL – The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Restoration project is adding an economic development aspect to its program. The group's Doug Blodgett says a staff member is working with representatives of towns in the region to show how they might capitalize on the development of the 7,000 acre project. The conservancy is restoring former farmland to wetlands, marsh and wildlife habitat in Fulton County. Blodgett says adding recreation to the program at Emiquon is a way of building public support.
Dallas City, IL – Corporate fish production and commercial fishermen are battling for market share and a continuation of a way of life. Commercial fishermen on Illinois rivers say aquaculture is depressing their market for fish. Operators of fish farms say their product is free of pollutants such as PCBs that are in some river-raised fish. Commercial fishermen say raising fish in confined ponds makes them more susceptible to disease and more likely to be treated with chemicals and antibiotics.
Montrose, IA – The first annual Pride of Montrose festival and 2005 craft show took place all day Saturday and Sunday. The event featured live music, kids games, and garage sales throughout town. Greg Ruth with Montrose Riverfront Inc. says the event was a way to honor the community's history. Ruth says the weekend also put a spotlight on Montrose's restaurants. Several businesses took part in a taste of Montrose with turkey legs, hot dogs, strawberry shortcake, and pies for sale. The weekend also marked the establishment of a new visitor's center in the town.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk aldermen are considering a total updating of the city's code book. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the task would not be easy, but it would be worthwhile. He says the city would likely use outside professionals. Several council members are working on generating ideas for change, beginning with city planning and zoning. A topic that has sparked debate in recent weeks has been the use of large metal trailers for storage on or near Main Street. Police Chief R.L.
Macomb, IL – A computer was seized several months ago from the McDonough County Highway Department to investigate allegations that it contained pornography. It was in the office of then-county engineer Josh Richardson. It was accessible to several employees. State's Attorney James Hoyle says the hard drive was duplicated and sent to the Illinois Attorney General's office to see if there were grounds for prosecution. Hoyle has assured county board members that the hard drive was not erased and there was no cover-up.