Macomb, IL – Chairwoman Alice Henry says they'll seek either a low-interest state loan, or a loan from a local financial institution. The courthouse was last re-roofed about 20 years ago, but has leaks on the north side and northeast corner. Henry says the bids on the project are all around 100-thousand dollars. She says the committee will have to work rapidly because some of the bids have only a two-month valid period.
Carthage, IL – In the late 1990s, Carthage's reservoir had high levels of the herbicide Atrazine. They city made payments of up to $8 per acre to help farmers use other chemicals instead. Now Mayor James Nightingale says testing by a chemical firm shows low levels of Atrazine, and the firm will cease monthly testing and go to yearly. Nightingale says the program will be discussed with landowners and famers next week. The city had spent up to $6,000 yearly to help the farmers use more expensive weedkillers on their corn.
Macomb, IL – A developer wants to build some condominiums on Macomb's west side but the proposal has hit a wall. The plan calls for seven, two-unit condos just southwest of Riverview Drive and Wigwam Hollow Road. They would be marketed to retirees and WIU employees. In order for the project to proceed, the property needs to be rezoned from R-1 (for single family residential) to R-3 (for two-family residential). But neighborhood residents packed the Macomb Planning Commission's meeting Wednesday evening to voice their opposition.
Nauvoo, IL – Nauvoo aldermen want moe information befoe they proceed with an ordinance allowing them to charge impact fees. Mayor John McCarty says these charges, should the council decide to charge them, could help he city pay for some of the costs of development in the ciy. He says fees could cover extra meetings or part of the cost of new water or sewer lines. McCarty says there's a fine line between helping to cover expansion costs or charging enough to discourage new businesses. He says aldermen will see what other towns are doing and discuss the issue at a future council meeting.
Macomb, IL – Western Illinois U.S. Representative Phil Hare supports a U.S. House resolution expressing opposition to the troop surge in Iraq. He also says he wants better training and equipment for those who do go to serve. Hare believes the administration cannot achieve its goal of fostering Iraqi self-sufficiency without getting involved in negotiations with Iraq's neighboring states. He also says current administration efforts to cut support for veterans are "unconscionable."
Macomb, IL – Alene Reuschel, the second of two finalists for the position of Macomb school superintendent met the public at a reception. Reuschel is superintendent in Avon, and formerly worked at the Hancock McDonough Regional Office of Education. Reuschel believes progress can be made on improving the school funding formula in Illinois. She also sees opportunities for schools in a region to work together on distance learning opportunities to improve education for students.
Macomb, IL – WIU Provost Joe Rallo got a chance this school year to serve as a university president for a couple months. Now, he'll get to see what the job is like full-time. Angelo State University is ready to hire Rallo as its next president, pending final approval from the Texas State University System Board of Regents. Rallo believes he helped create a sense of trust in the provost office during his four years in Macomb. He says state budget cuts were a big challenge to deal with during his first couple years here.
February 13, 2007 – The topic is coverage of presidential campaigns, especially at this early stage of the game. How does the media decide - even before any votes are cast - which campaigns to focus on and which candidates deserve less attention?