WIUM Local
11:30 am
Thu October 12, 2006

Candidate Leaving Race in West Central Illinois

Quincy, IL – Kelly Street is dropping out of the race for State Representative in District 93. The Scott County Democrat was challenging Republican Incumbent Jil Tracy. Adams County Democratic Committee Chairman, Verne Hagstrom, says Street was told, earlier this week, that he must stop campaigning because of potential violations of the Federal Hatch Act. That law prevents a candidate from running for certain political offices if their employer receives federal funding. Hagstrom says Street's employer, a state-run hospital, uses federal Medicaid money to pay some salaries.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Thu October 12, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
4:20 am
Thu October 12, 2006

Park Board Suggests Hunting

Rushville, IL – The Scripps Park Board will recommend to the Rushville City Council that hunting be allowed in the 100-acre addition to the park. Board members see a possible leasing through bids as a way to raise income to help develop the addition . They point out that lease hunting is becoming more popular in the region, and say they have had some interest from possible hunters. The board is recommending a possible October through mid-January season, with other access denied to the park addition during the lease period.

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WIUM Local
4:10 am
Thu October 12, 2006

Keokuk's Firefighters Make Initial Contract Offer

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk's firefighters are looking for a multi-year contract with substantial pay hikes. The initial offer calls for a 3-year deal with a $1/hour pay hike each year. The hourly rates for members of the firefighter's union would increase by more than 20% during the proposed deal. The union is also asking for additional pay for certified haz-mat technicians, a pay hike during scheduled work hours from 7 P.M. to 7 A.M., and a bump in longevity pay. The city must present its counter offer during a public meeting during the next two weeks.

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Emphasis
12:01 am
Thu October 12, 2006

Emphasis

October 12, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead about the city's referendum that will ask voters to make permanent the half-cent sales tax.

WIUM Local
6:59 am
Wed October 11, 2006

National Main Street Expert Studies Keokuk

Keokuk, IA – A national expert on Main Street districts says Keokuk must capitalize on its positives to keep its district competitive.

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WIUM Local
6:35 am
Wed October 11, 2006

Grant Helps Fund New Teaching Lab

Macomb, IL – A $65,000 state grant has helped furnish a new type of computer lab at Macomb High School. The computers are loaded with professional software like that used in business and industry. Facilitator Emily Platt says students teach each other how to use the software, then apply it to projects for community service. She says some of the projects include an on-line newapaper, animated video or building design. Students work in teams to help build communication skills.

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WIUM Local
6:33 am
Wed October 11, 2006

Macomb Removes Limit on Signs

Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen have read the writing on the wall regarding political signs. City law allows just two signs in a home's yard and the city recently sent letters to violators. But that move was met with some resistance. A petition was circulated urging the city to reconsider its stance, and several people addressed the city council concerning the issue this week. Opponents of the rule say it's unconstitutional to limit the number of signs. Aldermen decided it's best to suspend the rule and review it after the November election.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Wed October 11, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
3:53 am
Wed October 11, 2006

Rate Freeze Extension Questioned

Macomb, IL – Illinois State Representative Rich Myers is questioning efforts in the legislature to extend a rate freeze on electric power. The Colchester Republican says rates have been frozen at pre-1992 levels. He fears that if utilities cannot afford to purchase power on the open market, the state might have to step in to guarantee continued electricity. He says when California had to buy power to augment supplies, it cost that state millions of dollars. Myers also says the threat of the extension has lowered the bond ratings for Ameren and Commonwealth Edison.

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