Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen took action Tuesday night that won't immediately help the city but could prove beneficial down the road. The city council approved annexation agreements for three parcels of land along West Jackson Street. Once they're contiguous to the city they'll be annexed. Macomb is now working on annexation agreements with a few other property owners in that area. Mayor Mick Wisslead says once those are reached, a bunch of sites with annexation agreements will become contiguous and thus be added to Macomb. He says they could stretch the city limits to Ball Fore.
Macomb, Elsewhere – No School Tuesday in Carthage, Canton R-5, Camp Point, Clark County R-4; Dallas City, Hamilton, LaHarpe, Lewis County C-1Macomb, Saint. Paul in Macomb, Southeastern, Warsaw, West Prairie Buses for Central Lee in Lee County will run on hard-surface roads only.
Keokuk, IA – Lee County and the unions representing the sheriff's and secondary roads departments have agreed to new employment contracts. Each 3-year deal includes 5 separate pay hikes for employees, including a 3% jump this July. Union members would also receive 2% hikes July 1, 2008; January 1, 2009; July 1, 2009; and January 1, 2010. Wages would increase more than 11% throughout the length of the contracts. The agreements also require a hike in deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for single and family insurance policies.
Carthage, IL – The former Carthage YMCA has become the Family Fitness Center and is under the umbrella of the city's park board. Fitness Center President Carrie Carroll says being under the park board solves the problem of securing insurance, which the center otherwise would not have been able to do. Volunteers are staffing many of the center programs and are planning fundraisers to help keep the former Y going. Carroll says the formation of a high school district based in Carthage should help increase membership.
Bushnell, IL – The Bushnell City Council is preparing to demolish up to five dilapidated houses this spring. Mayor Steve Russell says when aldermen first asked for bids, none came in. He says contractors were contracted personally and agreed to submit proposals. Russell says the bids will determine how many of the old homes the city can afford to tear down. He says he city applies liens to the property, but rarely is able to recover the cost of demolition.
January 16, 2007 – The topic is Internet bloggers. They will be allowed to join reporters from traditional media in covering the criminal trial of former White House staffer Lewis "Scooter" Libby. It's believed this is a first for a high-profile trial.
Macomb, IL – Dr Martin Luther King Jr dreamed of a time when people would be judged by the content of their character rather than by the color of their skin. While that dream is still a long way from becoming reality, there are many people hoping to keep it alive. That spirit was on display at the King Day march in Macomb. Around 100 people of all colors took part in the march from the McDonough County Courthouse to the Vineyard Community Church on University Drive. At the church, a diverse crowd of about twice as many people gathered for music, speeches, and a free breakfast.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk could soon finalize a new multi-year deal with one of the unions representing city workers. The city has reached a tentative three-year contract with the firefighters' union. The agreement includes varying wage hikes for all members. Newer firefighters would receive annual pay hikes of roughly 2% while veterans would receive about 4.5% increases. Finance Committee Chairman, Doug Matlick, says the raises were prompted by a wage study that showed Keokuk's experienced firefighters are paid less than those in similar communities.