Keokuk, IA – Iowa residents can start applying for financial help in dealing with last month's severe winter weather. After the ice storm hit, the state set up a $1,000,000 assistance program. Emergency Management Coordinator, Steve Cirinna, says hundreds of households in Lee County could qualify for up to $3,300 in state aid. Residents could be reimbursed for home or vehicle repairs, power restoration, damage to appliances or food, water heater replacement, and lodging expenses. The applications are available through the Iowa Department of Human Services.
March 6, 2007 – The topic is Illinois Senate Bill 0729, which is known as the College Campus Press Act. It would offer student journalists protection from school administration interference at state-sponsored institutions of higher education.
Macomb, IL – The request was for a home purchased in 2004. Chairman John Lawson said it's up to the homeowner to apply for any exemptions, and told the woman who asked how she could assure future exemptions. At its meeting last month, the full board defeated a motion that would've put an end to applications for the tax break. Lawson says that does not mean the board is willing to accept more requests.
Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University's 34th annual International Bazaar offered food, music, and performances from cultures around the world. In fact, it was billed as a chance to experience the world without leaving Macomb. News Director Rich Egger visited the bazaar to take that global trip, and he produced an audio postcard that you can listen to by clicking on the audio button above.
Macomb, IL – The Macomb City Council has tabled a motion to rezone a pair of lots in the 300 block of North McArthur Street. Aldermen indicated they would like more information before making a decision. They're still hoping to resolve the matter before the new city council is sworn in at the beginning of May. Property owner Diana Protsman wants the land rezoned from light manufacturing to multi-family residential, which would allow rental units to be built there. Neighborhood residents have voiced opposition to the plan.
Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison hopes a program that focuses on improving the city's appearance will continue to grow. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tracy Vance, says roughly $20,000 was brought in, last year, for Fort Madison's beautification and image problem. He says this year's goal is at least $40,000. The money will be used to offset the costs associated with tearing down dilapidated structures. Vance says the program is important as Fort Madison tries to sell itself to potential or current employers.
Canton, IL – Spoon River College will increase its tuition rates for the coming school year. President Robert Ritschel says the hike is needed to cover increasing costs for salaries, insurance and utilities. The in-district tuition will go up four dollars per credit-hour to $79. Out-of-district tuition will rise $12 to $147, and out-of-state tuition will go up $10 to $182 per credit-hour.
Warsaw, IL – Construction on a portion of the Warsaw-Hamilton Road could get underway later this year. Mayor Robert Frank says the surveying and engineering work on the two miles of highway from Warsaw's Main Street to its city limits is moving along. He says the project could go out for bid in mid-June and construction could get underway a couple of months later. Warsaw's portion of the highway has large pot-holes, cracks, and numerous bumps where repairs have been made. The project will cost around $1,200,000.