Carthage, IL – A transition committee will be formed to help smooth the convergence of the LaHarpe, Dallas City and Carthge school districts. LaHarpe Superintendent Jo Campbell says the group will probably include two school members from each district plus a member of the Committee of Ten. He says the groups will study issues such as transportation and curriculum and make recommendations to the new school boards. Board members for the one high school district and three elementary districts will be elected in November.
Colchester, IL – A developer wants 31 acres in the southwestern part of Colchester added to the Enterprise zone. Zone administrator Kim Pierce says the change would allow a housing development. Pierce says the zone administrative board has been told the town has not had new housing built in several years. She says this is in part because there are few available building lots available. The change in the zone boundaries must be approved by the McDonough County Board and the Macomb, Bushnell and Colchester city councils before state approval can be granted.
Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University is preparing to notify more than 200 people of a breach of computer security. Mitch Davidson, Director of University Computer Support Services, says an outsider gained access to the campus system and could have viewed sensitive information. He says this could include names, addresses, social security numbers or credit card numbers. Davidson says the gap that allowed access has been plugged, and staff and the Office of Public Safety are investigating the incident.
Canton, IL – A group of Fulton County organizations will get $481,000 in state transportation grants for a biking and hiking trail. The transportation enhancement grant will help link two Canton parks on a route that will also pass by two schools in the north part of town. Fulton County engineer Bill Kuhn says the groups involved see the bike trails as an economic development engine that will help attract developers as well as improve the quality of life.
Macomb, IL – The Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation has fielded at least five inquiries about establishing an ethanol or biodiesel plant in the region. Executive Director Kim Pierce says two factors seem to spur interest. One is the large amount of corn and soybeans grown in the region for use in ethanol or biodiesel. She says the other thing people mention when they call is rail transportation along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad. Pierce describes the callers as interested, but not yet ready to commit to building a plant.