Macomb, IL – David Dorsett and Alderman Lou Gilbert will lead the ballot choices in their wards for Macomb's Feb. 27 primary election. Gilbert will run against Aaron Fosdyck for the third ward seat. Dorsett will run against Danny Brown for the fifth ward position.
Keokuk, IA – Southeast Iowa's new Congressman is making the transition from college professor to politician. Democrat Dave Loebsack of Mount Vernon says the fact that he's been taking part in freshman orientation sessions in Washington DC is a surprise to many. Loebsack has been holding public meetings, across the district, before he starts work next month. Loebsack says he has hired a Chief of Staff and a District Manager, both of whom worked for Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa).
Macomb, IL – During this time of the year, some people find themselves on edge because of the hustle and bustle that comes with the holidays. Others challenge themselves to find peace and solitude amidst the whirl of the season. Arts reporter Sara Hammond spoke with three McDonough County artists who soak up inspiration from what the winter holiday season has to offer. Those artists are Susan Czechowski, Fred Jones, and Tim Schroll. You can listen to Hammond's feature story about the artists by clicking on the audio button above.
Fort Madison, IA – A veteran of Lee County's political scene is leaving office. Joe Kowzan decided to not seek another term in office, earlier this year, so he will be leaving the Lee County Board of Supervisors when the calendar turns to January. While he enjoyed his time in public office, Kowzan says he is ready for a change. Kowzan's political careet saw him serve on the Fort Madison City Council, the Lee County Board of Supervisors, and as mayor of Fort Madison.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk has approved a pay hike for members of the police bargaining unit. The city council voted to give the police officers a 4% wage hike for the fiscal year that begins in July. Finance Committee Chairman, Doug Matlick, says the city agreed to the bargaining unit's recent offer after the results of a wage analysis showed the city was below-average. The study looked at cities whose populations, demographics, and economies are similar to Keokuk's. Keokuk is still in negotiations with 3 other unions.
Keokuk, IA – The Southeast Iowa Regional Economic And Port Authority hopes to use some state grant money to explore partnership opportunities. The authority has already agreed to use a portion of the $80,000 grant to pay for a study at the Keokuk Municipal Airport. It would focus on economic development and intermodal opportunities. Chairman Lowell Junkins says the authority wants to use this money to craft a better picture of what is available, and what is needed, in Lee County. He expects other partnership opportunities to develop.
Springfield, IL – The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved a plan that could cause electric rates for Ameren and Commonwealth Edison customers to increase between 22% and 55% starting January 2. But those who can't or don't want to pay the higher cost upfront now have a choice. They can defer a portion and phase in the increases over the next three years. But there's a tradeoff. In exchange for the extra time, those customers will have to pay more than 3% interest. Several commissioners commended the power companies for coming up with the phase-in plans.
Keokuk, IA – The War in Iraq has become an extremely divisive issue in this country. If you placed 100 people in a room and asked them for a solution, you just might get 100 different answers. One common theme, though, since the war began has been to support the troops. A national ceremony to show that very support, for those who currently and previously served, brought people from all walks of life together. The six forest green wreaths sat on narrow metal stands before the dozens of veterans and residents who came out to Keokuk National Cemetery.