Carthage, IL – Carthage Mayor James Nightingale says repeated requests for more information have delayed the city's application for HUD apartments. The city has requested a single-story complex for senior citizens. The apartments would be built on a donated lot near city hall, which would place them near medical care and shopping. Nightingale says the city asked for the complex because a recent community survey showed the need for more appropriate housing for the elderly.
Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council has approved the first reading of an ordinance that would combine two ranks -- detective and sergeant -- into one for promotional exam purposes. Assistant Chief Tom Crew says this will help the department, which is relatively young in terms of age and experience. Now, there are six ranks for officers. They can take the promotion tests for ranks up to two above their current position. By combining the ranks of detective and sergeant, patrolmen will be able to test for captain while detectives will be able to test for assistant chief.
Industry, IL – The Industry school board has directed its attorney to appeal a decision transferring about 6,000 acres and 15 students to the Macomb school district. Industry Superintendent Ross Foley says the board decided the move would cripple school operations. It would reduce the $15-million assessed valuation by about one-seventh. Foley says members of the joint Industry and Schuyler County board have indicated they will pursue the appeal after July 1, when the Industry district goes out of existence.
Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk school board might have to make cuts to several programs in next year's budget. The board has yet to finalize the spending plan for next year, but early projections show the district might need to cut $175,000 to keep from spending more than it brings in. The budget increases are in utility costs and employee salaries. The board is considering cutting an elementary school teacher and not replacing a fifth grade band teacher leaving the district.
Springfield, IL – A Supreme Court decision upheld the national checkoff that supports the "Beef -- It's What's for Dinner" campaign. Maralee Johnson of the Illinois Beef Association hailed the decision. She says the advertising campaign has increased beef consumption 25 percent since 1997. However, the state's Livestock Marketing Board opposed the checkoff. A spokesman says the checkoff takes money from growers without giving them a chance to help decide how it's spent. The high court says the beef campaign is immune to a First Amendment challenge.