Bushnell, IL – A special Bushnell City Council committee will evaluate the bids on a new roof for the Cultural and Recreation Center. Mayor Steve Russell says the five bids covered different types of roof replacement. He says the committee will evaluate the bids to see what the city can afford ... and what would last the longest. He says the committe is expected to make a recommendation to the council within a couple of weeks. The work is not expected to begin until late spring.
Macomb, IL – A McDonough County board member is calling for elimination of the county's senior citizen transportation tax. The levy was approved in a mid-1980s vote to support senior citizen transportation services. Brown says since the senior program has become part of the county's public transportation system, there is no need for the special levy. McDonough County Transportation Director Gary Ziegler says without that tax money, senior transportation would have to be scaled back.
Undated – Western Illinois' new congressman thinks President Bush is staying "a very wrong course" by announcing he will send another 20,000 troops to Iraq. Democrat Phil Hare says the president has chosen not to listen to Congress, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or the recommendations of the Baker-Hamilton report. He says Bush seems to be paying attention only to the person he sees in the mirror. Hare says more than 3,000 American troops have already been killed in Iraq and another 25,000 have been injured.
Jefferson City, MO – One Northeast Missouri lawmaker says the state could initiate a large scale tax cut this year. Representative Brian Munzlinger says the spring session is still in the early stages, with committees being finalized and new bills being filed. Once lawmakers are ready, the Lewis County Republican expects a push to eliminate the state income tax on social security and on certain retirement pensions. The Missouri House of Representatives is expected to begin debate on eliminating the social security tax this week.
January 11, 2007 – Rich Egger talks to Gordona Rezab, archivist emeritus from Western Illinois University. Rezab is completing work on the book "Place Names in McDonough County: Abe Lincoln Trail to Zanesville."
Bushnell, IL – Bushnell's mayor and aldermen are seeking suggestions on what to put in Liberty Park. The plot is being renovated, after years of little use. Mayor Steve Russell says among top suggestions to date are a walking trail and a disk golf course. He says a break in the weather has allowed the planting of $6,000 worth of trees. A committee will meet within a couple of months to come up with a budget for the park additions.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County farmland values will drop an average of ten percent this year. Supervisor of Assessments Tammy Camp says this will be at least the fourth consecutive year of falling values. She says new state regulations this year mean some property might drop more than 10 percent in value, others will drop less. She says the falling values are influenced by land prices, interest rates, and several other factors. After this year, with the tax bills due in 2007, the state will return to its normal limit of no more than a 10-percent change up or down in any one year.
Fort Madison, IA – Plans to renovate the Lee County Jail could go before voters within the next 18 months. The county wants to replace the deteriorating temporary housing trailers and upgrade several other sections of the jail. While the county has contibuted $500,000 to the project, Supervisor George Morgan says a bond referendum will likely be needed so money can be borrowed. To start the process, Morgan says an architectural firm has been selected by the jail committee.