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Keokuk, IA – The results of an environmental analysis on a property across from Lincoln Elementary in Keokuk could be known in about one month. Environmental consultant, John Brimeyer, says the soil samples, taken yesterday, will be tested to determine what, if any, site clean-up is needed. The property was home to a gas station, several decades ago, which Brimeyer says could result in contamination because of the large storage tanks. Brimeyer says the property is a Brownfield site, which means there either could be or already is soil contamination.

Macomb, IL – McDonough County will have to update its liquor ordinances. Board chairman Scott Schwerer says he has a liquor license application from someone whose name he will not yet disclose. He says it involves serving wine, and the county ordinances only mention serving beer. He says the county guidelines have not been re-visited since they were first drafted in 1983. State's Attorney James Hoyle says they should be updated to cover businesses that might spring up when Route 336 extends through the county.

Macomb, IL – Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead has confirmed that he will not reappoint City Administrator Mike Hays. In fact, Hays' last day on the job will be Friday April 13. Wisslead says he wanted to move in a different direction. He believes the city needs someone in that position who's more hands-on and involved in day-to-day operations. Wisslead also acknowledges that he and Hays have different personalities. The mayor says a search committee will be formed.

Macomb, IL – Award winning actor and social activist Danny Glover spoke to a full house at WIU's Western Hall Wednesday night. He called for a radical revolution of values. Glover said one of those values is to develop global connections and to consider their worldwide impact. He also said a more informed electorate is needed to improve democracy. Glover feels community involvement should be a part of everyone's daily life. His presentation was part of the university's series on "Global Challenges and Personal Responsibility." Earlier, Glover met with the local media.

April 12, 2007 – Rich Egger talks to Veronica Goei, who is executive director of Estrella Family Services in San Jose, CA. She came to west-central Illinois recently to speak to parents in Beardstown and students at WIU.

Macomb, IL – Macomb is in the market for a new city administrator. Sources close to the situation tell Tri States Public Radio that current City Administrator Mike Hays is on the way out. Hays has been working with no contract for the past year-and-a-half and will not be reappointed when Mayor Mick Wisslead's next term begins in May. One source says Wisslead consulted with the city council and received its consent before making the decision. Another says the mayor and Hays did not get along so a change was seen as being in the city's best interests.

Carthage, IL – One of the tax referendums on Tuesday's ballot in Hancock County could be met with opposition. Voters will decide whether a one-half cent public safety sales tax should be implemented. The new money would go to the sheriff's office. While Sheriff John Jefferson says the funds are desperately needed, he says it would have been easier 7 or 8 years ago. He spoke with Public Radio's Jason Parrott about why the tax dollars are needed and how the department will use them, if the measure is approved.

Macomb, IL – A franchise restaurant owner predicts all public places will be smoke-free in a few years. Mike Scanlon is the founder of Applebee's, and owns 30 restaurants in the chain. He told an audience at Western Illinois University that the irrefutable dangers of second-hand smoke could mean liability for restaurants that permit their staff to be exposed to the carcinogen. Scanlon says when he took his restaurants smoke-free, he noted almost no change in income. He says some customers left, but were usually replaced by others.

Beardstown, IL – Beardstown's mayor is becoming angry at the lack of federal help to restore the town's riverfront connection. Bob Walters says when the Corps of Engineers moved the mouth of the Sangamon River to near Beardstown in the 1950s, the silt it brought in has almost landlocked the town. He says temporary dredging gave some access to the town's marina, but the riverfront industrial section is becoming separated from the river channel by a mud flat.

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