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9:35 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Wage Freeze for Public Works Employees

Macomb, IL – Macomb's public works employees have agreed to forgo a pay raise for this year.

The wage freeze is included in a new three-year contract. Wages and health insurance considerations for the second and third years will be negotiated later.

The beginning date of the pact is May 1, 2010.

The contract covers more than 25 workers. Union members ratified it on April 29. The city council approved it on a vote of 6-to-0 on May 3.

Aldermen Ryan Hansen, Dave Dorsett, and Clay Hinderliter were absent from the meeting.

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6:07 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

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3:29 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Robert Ritschel - May 4

Canton, IL – It would be a waste of time to elaborate on the failure of the state to fulfill its financial obligations to agencies that provide needed services to so many residents. Because of this deplorable situation, public schools and colleges across the state are being forced to lay off staff and faculty as a last resort to balance their budgets.

Spoon River College is not immune to this condition, and you need to know some of the measures we have taken to deal with this funding crisis.

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WIUM Local
1:35 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

WIRC To Help Fund Energy Efficiency Projects

Macomb, IL – The Western Illinois Regional Council has partnered with the Illinois Association of Regional Councils to give local governments incentives to go green.

The ILARC has a contract with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to disburse green energy grant money, made available through the federal economic stimulus program, throughout the state.

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WIUM Local
7:10 pm
Sun May 2, 2010

Keokuk, South Side Boat Club Close To Lease

Keokuk, IA – Construction cannot get underway until the South Side Boat Club receives a flood permit and a building permit from the city. Keokuk cannot issue those permits until the two sides agree on a lease.

Mayor Tom Marion says he will have a long-term lease ready for the Keokuk City Council to consider during its meeting on Thursday.

"We are working off the old lease," says Marion, "because that is basically the price we are going to charge them. But there are some trade-offs like providing public bathroom space, boat tie-ups, recreational vehicle registration."

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