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.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen approved an Evanston firm as the city's consultant for preparation of a new comprehensive plan. Teska Associates will work with a local steering committee to gather information for the planners. Mayor Mick Wisslead says the firm asked more questions than its competitor did during a tour of the town. Community Development Coordinator Bob Mahrt said the firm seemed to have a better grasp of how to conduct surveys as well. The study will evaluate current and possible future landuse for up to two miles beyond the city limits.
Burlington, IA – There is still not a winner in the race for a seat on the Des Moines County Board of Supervisors. State law requires a primary candidate receive at least 35% of the vote to move on to the general election. The results are now official, and none of the three men vying for the democratic nomination to the board reached that threshold. Jeff Heland ended up with 34.6%, Board Chairman Ed Blow received 32.6%, and Ben Diewold garnered 32.5%. County Democratic Party Chairwoman, Stacey Wachter, says a special convention will be held June 21.
Macomb, IL – The Hancock-McDonough County Regional Superintendent of Schools plans to retire at the end of this month. Robert Baumann says after 15 years in the elective office, it's time for something different. Baumann has recommended that his assistant superintendent, Gary Eddington, be named to the position. Eddington has held that post for seven years. Baumann says the biggest changes during his term have been the number of school district reorganizations and the state requirements for re-certifying teachers.