Macomb, IL – Macomb wants the Lamoine Hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's proposal received a boost in the past week.
The Illinois Historic Society Board agreed to support the city's application. Community Development Coordinator Ed Basch said the city would not be able to obtain the national designation without the state's backing.
Basch said he told the state board there are several reasons why the Lamoine deserves recognition.
Macomb, IL – The panelists talk about longtime journalist Helen Thomas, who abruptly retired Monday after making controversial remarks about Israelis.
In a video recorded May 27, Thomas says Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine." She suggested they should go to Germany, Poland or the US. She has since apologized for the comments, which quickly made their way across the Internet.
The 89-year Thomas was the head of the White House press corps. She was well known for her confrontational and tough questioning.
Galesburg, IL – Galesburg has a new fire chief -- but it's a stretch to call him "new." He's been serving as interim chief for the past few months.
Tom Simkins beat nearly 30 other applicants for the department's top job. City Manager Dane Bragg announced the appointment at a Friday press conference.
Simkins has served the fire department in numerous capacities, including battalion chief and deputy chief and interim chief -- a position he's held for the past few months. Simkins replaces former chief John Cratty.