Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Board took no action on refunds to residents who said they overpaid their property taxes this year. Residents say they should have received the owner-occupied tax exemption, which can be worth up to $500. A committee examined 186 records, and issued certificates of error for eleven of them. Some of the taxpayers pointed out that at last month's board meeting, residents passed a resolution directing that refunds be paid and that the county issue an apology. However, Board Chairman Bob Harwick says that would be against state statutes.
Macomb, IL – The inaugural run of the "Carl Sandburg," the second daily Quincy-Chicago train pulled into Macomb to an arch of purple-and-gold balloons and a band. The run will complement the "Illinois Zephyr, which leaves Quincy in the early morning and arrives in Chicago before noon. Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead says the new trips should benefit the hospitality and tourism industry and be good for business travelers as well. WIU President Al Goldfarb complimented the speed of state legislators in helping with funding for the trip.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk residents willhave a chance to find out what is going on under that giant tent in Keokuk. Ameren UE will hold an open house, Friday afternoon, to talk about its plans to remove coal-tar resident from the soil where a former gas-manufacturing plant once stood. Spokesperson Mike Cleary says the tent will prevent odors and fumes from being released into the air. More than 15,000 tons of soil will be removed during the clean-up. Cleary says everything should be completed by April.
Rushville, IL – Former Rushville alderman David Haney will be sworn in as a replacement for Alderman Terry Millslagle, who has moved out of his ward. Mayor Ron Shepherd says Haney served a full term in the past, but did not run again when he had conflicts with his teaching schedule. He says the schedule has changed, and Haney will be sworn in at next month's meeting and serve through April. Shepherd says he hopes Haney will seek another term.
Macomb, IL – A private firm has handled Macomb's legal work for the past few years, but an alderman wants to change that. The fifth ward's Tim Lobdell feels the potential for a conflict of interest is too great in a small town. He says bringing the work back in-house would eliminate that problem because the legal counsel's only interest would be the city. Lobdell is also concerned about costs. The city was paying $150,000 per year for its own attorney. It's now paying $200,000 per year to the law firm March, McMillan & DeJoode.
Burlington, IA – A Burlington landmark is shutting its doors, at least for the time being. The Burlington Public Library will close its 4th Street location at 8:00 PM tomorrow. The facility has been in operation for more than 100 years. Library Director, Kay Weiss, says its contents will be moved to the new library along Court Street. She says that process could take several weeks to complete. Since there is no definate reopening date, the library is extending its checkout time from 3 to 6 weeks.