McDonough County, IL – More trash could soon be coming into McDonough County - and that's something local leaders like. Waste Management says it will begin using its new landfill cell within the next week or two. It'll be the first part of a nearly 60-acre expansion at the site. County Board Chairman Bob Harwick says it will allow the company to seek contracts with more local governments, which could result in more money for McDonough County. The county will initially get $60,000 per year from the expansion because of a new host fee.
Colchester, IL – The West Prairie school board will adopt a wellness program for the coming year. Superintendent Jonathan Heerboth says the program is a state mandate. He says it most-affects physical education and health programs, but will also cover the food service aspects in the school. He also told the board he has initiated informal discussions with the teachers' union to prepare for collective bargaining.
Macomb, IL – Macomb and Waste Management have reached an agreement regarding the city's recycling program. Questions arose after a fire last weekend destroyed a recycling center operated by Bridgeway. Waste Management hauled tons of garbage to the facility every month. The company told Macomb aldermen earlier this week that it might have to suspend the recycling program or charge the city more money for hauling items to a different recycling center. But Mayor Mick Wisslead says the company has now agreed to continue the recycling program at no extra cost.
Macomb, IL – The county's auditor outlined budget requirements and guidelines at a special session for board members and department heads. John Lehman outlined the budget process and reminded board members they need to work to increase the county's end-of-year balance. He says real estate tax money does not start coming in until about two-thirds of the way through the fiscal year. Sixteen of the 21 board members attended the session. Finance Committee Chairwoman Alice Henry said she asked for the workshop because of questions officeholders had been asking her about the budget process.
July 13, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to Western Illinois Regional Council Executive Director Suzan Nash and Victim Services Director Diane Mayfield about the WIRC's Victim Services Program, which marks its 20th anniversary at the end of July.
Keokuk, IA – One Southeast Iowa lawmaker says this Friday's special session of the state legislature is an unprecedented event. State Representative Phil Wise (D-Keokuk) says this will be the first special session, during his 20 years in office, that was called for by the legislature, instead of Iowa's Governor. The move is in response to Governor Tom Vilsack's decision to veto the eminent domain legislation, which was overwhelmingly approved by lawmakers. Wise says the Governor's veto caught many off-guard.
Manito, IL – Fishery biologists believe stress and not a virus killed Asian Carp on the Illinois River earlier this summer. Larry Willis of the Jake Wolf fish hatchery near Manito says the die-off did not progress as a virus infection would be expected to. When the kill first occurred, some observers believed the spring viremia virus might have been responsible. It's fatal to the carp, but can also affect gamefish species. Willis believes stress caused by overpopulation, the spawning season, or other reasons caused the fish kill.