Hamilton, IL – Efforts to develop a wireless education system in Hamilton have hit another roadblock. Hamilton recently approved a contract with Illinois-based Derbytech Inc. to install an antennae on the city's water tower. The antennae would connect Hamilton to Carl Sandburg College's Edunet system. Instead of signing the deal, though, Derbytech sent it back with a significant number of changes. Mayor Steve Woodruff says the city has tried to cooperate, but the requests from the company would have a negative impact on Hamilton.
Keokuk, IA – Businesses can now utilize Keokuk's new Revolving Loan Fund to help them add or retain jobs. Keokuk is accepting applications for the program. The city has $199,000 available for new or expanding businesses. Chamber of Commerce executive director, Katie O'Brien, says the fund will help businesses looking to fill in the gaps left as they seek funding from other lenders. She says this is something the business community has been asking for for years. Keokuk's Revolving Loan Fund will grow as businesses begin repayments, with interest and fees included.
Rushville, IL – Rushville aldermen have delayed action on a 10 percent water rate hike to get more information. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the council wants a better breakdown of how the rate will cover labor, chemicals and distribution expenses. He says the city is now charging less than it costs to process the water. The rate hike ordinance is scheduled for discussion later this month. The new rates will affect both the bi-monthly water and sewer bills.
Undated – Democrat Claire McCaskill edged incumbent Republican Jim Talent for a seat in the US Senate. Voters narrowly agreed to protect stem cell research and overwhelmingly approved a hike in the minimum wage but rejected a tobacco tax increase. Here are the results from Clark and Lewis Counties in northeast Missouri:
MISSOURI STATE REPRESENTATIVE 1st DISTRICT BRIAN MUNZLINGER (R) 54% BEAU HICKS (D) 46%
CLARK CO PRESIDING COMMISSIONER PAUL ALLEN (R) 52% JACK MARCH (D) 48%
Undated – Governor Rod Blagojevich won a second term, Democrats took control of all of the state's constitutional offices and the party strengthened its grip on the General Assembly. In addition, Democrat Phil Hare was chosen to replace retiring Congressman Lane Evans. Here are the results from west central llinois:
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS 17th DISTRICT ANDREA ZINGA (R) 43% PHIL HARE (D) 57%
Undated – Democrat Dave Loebsack upset veteran Republican Congressman Jim Leach in Iowa's Second District. Democrat Chet Culver was elected governor and his party took control of the legislature. Here are the unofficial final results from southeast Iowa:
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS 2nd DISTRICT JIM LEACH (R) 49% DAVE LOEBSACK (D) 51%
LEE COUNTY TREASURER JANET STRUNK (D) 54% MARY KOEHLER (I) 46%
LEE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 2nd DISTRICT RICK LARKIN (D) 73% MARIE BRADY (R) 27%
Colchester, IL – More than a year after the idea was proposed, new customers continue to sign up with the West Prairie Water Cooperative. Board chairman George Dixon says dry weather has helped convince people with an uncertain water supply that tapping on will help their farms or homestead. The Coop will get its water from the Dallas Rural Water Cooperative to serve up to 230 customers in Chalmers and Tennessee townships. Dixon says adding the new customers will assure that there's enough cash flow to pay off the federal start-up loan.