Macomb, lIL – The board granted two retroactive exemptions, but more than 180 others failed to qualify. Carol Lawson, one of those who was given the tax break retroactively, told the board it needed to do more to tell homeowners how to qualify. She also suggested putting information on the web. Board Chairman Scott Schwerer said he wanted to learn more about the issue. A committee to work on the problem could be appointed next month.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen will not speed up the process for rezoning some land near the Western Illinois University campus. Owner Diana Protsman wants the two plots in the 300 block of North McArthur rezoned from light manufacturing to multi-family residential. She was hoping to speed up the process so development could begin sooner, but aldermen turned down that suggestion on a four-to-three vote Tuesday night. Ken Zahnle, John Maguire, Tim Lobdell, and Dennis Moon voted against expediting the process. Lobdell says it's important to give the issue a full review.
Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison residents will decide, in less than 9 months, whether the school district needs a new building. The school board has set October 16th as the date for a special bond referendum. Voters will be asked whether the district should borrow $16,000,000 to build a new K-8 facility. Superintendent Kenneth Marang says the district would need about 30 acres of land to build a 110,000 square foot school. It would hold roughly 900 students. The district's initial idea was to place the school in between Denmark and Fort Madison.
February 20, 2007 – The topic is a study by the Parents Television Council, which found TV programs are becoming increasingly violent. The PTC says violent incidents averaged about 13 per hour in prime time programs.
Nauvoo, IL – Nauvoo residents will have a referendum on the April ballot that will let the fire protection district establish an ambulance service. EMS Director Vicki Gallagher says response from the Hancock County ambulance service has been slow, and dependent on whether neighboring ambulances are staffed when an emergency occurs. She says a tax rate of one-tenth of a percent would provide $34,000, which would cover an ambulance with equipment to transport patients. She says the Nauvoo fire department has 18 EMTs, so staffing will not be a problem.
Macomb, IL – An impressive and colorful exhibit is now on display at the Western Illinois Museum in Macomb. The exhibit features large, hand-crafted posters that were used for advertising in the late 19th Century. Museum Assistant Keel Clemmens says the posters are originals - not reproductions. Most are from France and were created by masters of the time such as Cappiello and Toulouse-Lautrec. The posters are from the collection of Dr Lindsey Ma of Peoria, who is originally from Macomb.
Macomb, IL – The former president of the National Corn Growers Association says the need for fuel will cause major changes in Midwest farming. Len Corzine says corn growers should be able to meet much of the demand -- they've increased production 50 percent over the past few years. However, he says ethanol plants will have to work with livestock growers to make the byproduct -- dried distiller's grains -- more suitable for livestock use. Others at the show say the change is likely to increase the prices of items farmers need.
Carthage, IL – Carthage has the final easements needed for a new water line to connect its Hamilton Pipeline with the Water Treatment Plant. Mayor James Nightingale says the line will allow Hamilton's water to flow into a storage tank at the treatment plant, bypassing the above-ground water tank. He says this will allow the city to get up to 125-per cent of its normal maximum usage directly from Hamilton. Nightingale says this is only a way of extending the town's water supply. He says the city council is discukssing long-term meassures.