Carthage, IL – The state of Illinois is still hundreds of thousands of dollars behind in payments to the Illini West School District. The school board has taken action to ensure the district will still make payroll and meet its obligations.
Superintendent Mike Mauzy says the board has authorized a $500,000 line of credit with First Bank of Western Illinois. He says the money will be used to overcome the shortfall in state payments if needed.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers wrapped up their business in Jefferson City last week.
State Senator Wes Shoemyer says crafting the state's budget for the upcoming fiscal year proved to be the biggest challenge of the 2010 legislative session. In fact, the Monroe County Democrat says it was the most difficult budget Missouri has faced during his time in office.
Macomb, IL – The public pool in Macomb appears to have more lives than a cat. At the end of every summer, questions are raised about whether the 70-year old pool has seen its last swimmer. At the beginning of every following summer, the pool re-opens.
Park District Executive Director Ray Peterson says the pool will open again this year. He expects it to be ready in early June, during the same week the school year concludes.
"That's the intent at this point. Hopefully there won't be any surprises," Peterson said.
Macomb, IL – After the dust has settled from primaries in Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon and Pennsylvania this week, many incumbents will likely survive despite national dissatisfaction with Congress, and those survivors will join Illinois Congressmen Phil Hare and Aaron Schock, and Iowa Congressman David Loebsack in being sure winners.
But the anti-incumbent sentiment may have a casualty: cooperation across the political aisle.