Macomb, IL – McDonough County board members have been briefed on what they might want to consider if they decide to do a comprehensive plan. Regional planner Lewis Hopkins of the University of Illinois told the eight board members who attended how a plan could help them plan growth and avoid problems. Hopkins says a plan should consider how the board would like to see the county expand. It should also include plans done by other groups including the City of Macomb and the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Burlington, IA – Burlington has started the process of buying buildings within a neighborhood it plans to redevelop for commercial and retail use. Community Development Director, Chris Nosbisch, says the city is close to finalizing deals to purchase seven properties within the Manor... which sits near the intersection of Highways 34 and 61. At this point, he says Burlington does not own anything within the 24-acre neighborhood.
Macomb, IL – Dozens of WIU students and faculty members gathered for "The Big Picture" on the steps of Sherman Hall. The University Committee on Sexual Orientation sponsored the event. Coordinator Bill Thompson says it makes members and supporters of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender (GLBT) community more visible. He says it's important for people to see the diversity within the gay community and learn how harmful stereotypes can be. Thompson says it also might help people who are struggling with their sexual identity. This was the third annual "Big Picture" at Western.
September 28, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to WIU Associate Professor of Psychology Tracy Knight and Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies John Simmons. The topic is the Fourth Annual John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecture, which will be presented by Knight on October 4.
Keokuk, IA – The future of the Southeast Iowa Redemption Center remains in question. For the second time in two months, the Keokuk Board of Adjustment has tabled its review of the recycling center's special use permit. The panel was to decide whether the facility, located along Main Street, is in compliance with the terms of the permit, which was granted in January of 2005. The key issues are whether all recycling is being done within an enclosed building and if inventory is being stored in a proper container. Owner Brian Boyd says he is working to comply with the city's requirements.
Havana, IL – The Mason County Board has learned that FEMA will have the county's flood plain maps updated and computerized. However, County Clerk William Blessman says the county might have to pay for an engineer to document the condition of the 20 miles of levees. Blessman says the map update should have a minimal cost. The county will work with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on the project. However, he says gathering documentation on levee construction standards and maintenance could take a while.
Niota, IL – Illinois commercial fishermen are working with the Department of Natural Resources to change some of the fish and game regulations. Kirby Morrison heads the Illinois Commercial Fisherman's Association. He says The point system used against a license is sometimes unfair to commercial fishermen. He says his group wants serious violations to be strongly enforced. However, he says things such as being assessed nine points because a registration number falls off a boat is over-harsh. Twelve points can get a license revoked for up to three years.