Local Commentaries
10:44 am
Wed May 26, 2010

Bill Knight - May 27

Macomb, IL – New arrivals in Illinois have more than a daunting state debt and an embarrassing history of political corruption to get used to.

There are the names - more specifically, the pronunciations - of communities to learn.

As my Latin teacher decades ago scolded me, "Bill, you're putting the em-PHA-sis on the wrong Syl-LAB-le."

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9:06 am
Wed May 26, 2010

Lee County Cabins, Sick Leave, Wage Freeze

Lee County, IA –

The Lee County Conservation Board wants to build two cabins near Wilson Lake. The two-bedroom cabins would feature electric, water, and sewer services.

Director Tom Buckley says Wilson Lake needs a boost to attract repeat visitors. He says the Conservation Board would also like to add a shower/restroom facility to attract more campers.

Each project is expected to cost about $95,000.

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7:48 am
Wed May 26, 2010

Illinois Lawmakers Craft Spending Plan

Springfield, IL – It's not yet complete ... but a new budget is near for Illinois. Although some work remains, both chambers have passed the bulk of a spending plan.

That plan was firmed up last night (TUESDAY) when the Illinois House finally agreed to borrow four billion dollars to put into state pension funds, after the proposal failed several times before.

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7:22 am
Wed May 26, 2010

Historic Downtown Facade Will Come Down

Macomb, IL – An historic brick facade in downtown Macomb will be torn down, after standing on the Courthouse Square for 114 years.

Macomb's Historic Preservation Commission unanimously granted the building's owner, Don Dieke, permission to tear down the facade should he maintain ownership. Dieke says he's in negotiations with someone who wants to purchase the property, but those details have not yet been finalized.

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9:54 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

Lee County Census Update

Lee County, IA – Households across the United States had until April 27 to return their census forms.

The overall return rate in Lee County was 79%. West Point led the way with 87% compliance, followed by Franklin at 85%.

West Point - 87%
Franklin - 85%
Keokuk - 80%
Houghton - 80%
Rural Lee County - 79%
Saint Paul - 79%
Fort Madison - 78%
Montrose - 75%
Donnellson - 74%

Lee County's 2010 Census Count Committee says there is room for improvement. The panel says about 3,400 households have not responded.

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