Springfield, IL – The Illinois Commerce Commission shocked Ameren with its ruling on the utility's rate hike request.
Ameren asked for a $162 million increase in rates, but the ICC chose to limit the increase to $4.75 million.
The commission says the decision limits cost increases for Illinois families and businesses while still allowing for reliable service. Acting Chairman Manuel Flores says it was a deliberate and fair decision.
Canton, IL – The Spoon River College Board of Trustees is expected to approve a $3.5 million General Obligation Bond issue during a special meeting May 5 in Canton. The board held a public hearing on the plan during its regular monthly meeting in April.
College President Robert Ritschel says no one from the public spoke during the hearing.
Ritschel says the money will help SRC replenish its reserve fund, which has been hurt by late payments from the state.
Macomb, IL – All taxing bodies in McDonough County have agreed to expand the county's enterprise zone. The Spoon River College Board of Trustees approved the move on April 28. It was the last taxing body to do so.
The zone extension was requested by Laverdiere Construction, which is building the new Grand Prairie Supportive Living facility on Grant Street. It will be a two story, 48 unit property containing five double units and 43 single rooms. It's expected to create 30 full time jobs and will have an annual payroll of roughly $800,000.
Quincy, IL – Dozens of Tea Party members from Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri turned out for the President's speech in downtown Quincy. They held signs, waved flags, and voiced their opposition near the Oakley-Lindsey Center.
The focus then shifted to a Quincy Tea Party-sponsored rally at the Holiday Inn. More than 300 people turned out for the event.
Organizer Steve McQueen says the turn-out for a weeknight was unbelievable, especially since he says multiple events are being planned and operated at different locations.