Springfield, IL – An Illinois preservation group is calling attention to budget cuts in a state program that helps improve downtown areas.
More than 70 Illinois communities participate in the Main Street program, which provides technical assistance and support to local efforts. That's why the group Illinois Landmarks used a slot in its ten most endangered places list to point out funding problems.
Main Street has only one full time employee after recent budget cuts.
Macomb, IL – Macomb public school students will be in class on Veterans Day starting next year. The school board approved the calendar change following a public hearing at Monday's meeting.
Macomb resident Chris Adams, a military veteran and 2000 graduate of Macomb High, opposed the move. He says the city has a rich history and connection with the military, especially with the nickname "Bomber." He thinks giving students a day off to reflect on veterans' sacrifices properly respects those who have served.
Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss a recent survey that indicates growing pessimism among news directors.
The survey was conducted by the Project for Excellence in Journalism with the cooperation of the Radio Television Digital News Association and the American Society of News Editors.
The survey found broadcast newsroom leaders feel their industry is headed in the wrong direction. Half the respondents (from print and broadcast newsrooms) think their news operations will not survive another ten years.
Keokuk, IA – Seven employees work in the Lee County Recorder's offices in Keokuk and Fort Madison. Five are considered full-time, including Recorder Nancy Booten, while the other two work on a part-time basis.
Booten recently suspended three of her full-time employees with pay. Being so short-staffed has forced her to reduce the hours her office is open.
The Fort Madison office is now open on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Keokuk office will be the only office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.