WIUM Local
3:07 am
Fri December 8, 2006

Lawmakers Honor Lane Evans

Washington DC – Members of the US House have paid tribute to retiring Congressman Lane Evans (D-IL). The tribute was organized by Jerry Costello (D-IL) and took place after the end of legislative business Thursday night. Costello said Evans always defended the rights of working men and women, and praised his efforts on behalf of veterans. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) also praised Evans for helping veterans and their children.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Thu December 7, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
5:15 am
Thu December 7, 2006

Detachment Gets Another Court Date

Macomb, IL – After several months of skirmishing, attorneys have agreed on a Dec. 19 court date to argue issues in a school detachment case. Schuyler-Industry Superintendent Matt Plater says his board will vigorously oppose the transfer of students and farmland to the Macomb district. He says the cost in assessed valuation and state aid would be too high. Issues in the hearing will include an appeal of the detachment, a request to have a different judge assigned to the issue, and a request that the detachment hearing be re-held before a different regional education superintendent.

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WIUM Local
1:15 am
Thu December 7, 2006

Another Tool to Battle Meth

Springfield, IL – Illinois is issuing its first round of anhydrous ammonia security grants to agrichemical dealers in the west-central part of the state. Anhydrous ammonia is sometimes used to manufacture methamphetamine. The companies will use the money to offset the costs of security devices such as surveillance cameras and tamper-proof locks. This will prevent the businesses from having to pass along those costs to farmers. Nearly $140,000 will be distributed by the state.

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Emphasis
12:58 am
Thu December 7, 2006

Emphasis

December 7, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to Macomb City Administrator Mike Hays and the Western Illinois Regional Council's Gary Ziegler about Macomb's comprehensive plan process.

Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Wed December 6, 2006

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WIUM Local
5:52 am
Wed December 6, 2006

Homeland Security Service Agency

Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University is setting up a Homeland Security Research Program with the aid of a grant from Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Director Dean Alexander says a database will compile information on companies with products or services. He says the program will also analyze security programs and produce reports on issues and problems. He says the new group will also help the goal of producing certificate programs and a minor in homeland security for the Department of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration.

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WIUM Local
5:14 am
Wed December 6, 2006

Little Response To Hamilton Medical Team

Hamilton, IL – Hamilton is finding it difficult to develop an adequate medical response team. Just a handful of residents turned out for a public meeting on the creation of a Hamilton first responder unit. A first responder is trained to provide various forms of treatment at an accident or a medical emergency. Hancock County E-M-S Coordinator, Joe Barlow, says Hamilton would need a large number of volunteers to develop and sustain an effective first responder unit. Barlow says lower numbers could result in volunteers working too many hours and eventually quitting.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Tue December 5, 2006

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WIUM Local
5:10 am
Tue December 5, 2006

Lee County Tax Abatment Plan Progressing

Fort Madison, IA – A new tax incentive for rural Lee County residents and business owners is moving forward. The Board of Supervisors has approved the first reading of a proposal to create a tax abatement program in unincorporated Lee County. The measure allows for property taxes on new residential or commercial construction to be waived for 2 years. The incentive is already in place for industries. Vice-Chairman, Larry Kruse, says the county's goal is to attract economic development.

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