Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison will not hire an outside firm to coordinate its search for a new city manager. Mayor Steve Ireland will appoint a special search committee within the next few weeks. He says the panel will include himself, 2 city council members and 2 department heads. Ireland says Fort Madison paid about $20,000 to an out-of-time firm during the search process for former City Manager Bill Kelly. Kelly resigned last month after a majority of the city council asked him to step down.
Macomb, IL – There is a new person in charge at NTN-Bower Corporation in Macomb. Eiji Kitajima has been named president. He comes to Macomb from Elgin, where he served as president of American NTN Bearing Manufacturing Corporation. Kitajima is hoping he can hire more workers in Macomb and generate greater sales. Kitajima replaces Yasunori Terada, who's been promoted and is returning to Japan. Terada spent four years in Macomb. He's most proud of the profits generated while in western Illinois. The changes were announced on Thursday by NTN Corporation President Yasunobu Suzuki.
Macomb, lIL – The Republican candidate for Illinois Secretary of State wants to change the culture of the office. Dan Rutherford hopes the change will carry over to Illinois politics in General. The State Senator and 10-year Illinois House member says the type of behavior that has often been prevalent in the office must be rooted out, and it will take hands-on leadership at the top to do it. Rutherford says the office needs to use more modern technology to improve the service it offers to taxpayers.
Burlington, IA – The close race for a seat on the Des Moines County Board of Supervisors is not over yet. Jeff Heland received 34.6% of the vote, but cannot claim victory. Des Moines County Elections Coordinator, Terri Johnson, says Iowa law requires a primary candidate get at least 35% of the vote to move on to the general election. She says there are still about 70 absentee ballots out in the community, but only those postmarked June 5th or earlier will be counted. The official vote canvassing will take place on Tuesday.
Macomb, IL – A hearing on detaching about a dozen students and some farmland from the Rushville-Industry schools to the Macomb district will be continued. The hearing is being held by the Hancock-McDonough Regional School Board. A Schuyler County judge ruled against transferring the issue to the Fulton-Schuyler County regional school trustees. During the first part of the hearing, seven witnesses testified that they believed the children would have more opportunities if they attended in Macomb.
Quincy, IL – The woman picked to replace a veteran West Central Illinois lawmaker says she wants to be a voice for the entire region. Jil Tracy says her experience in the Illinois Attorney General's office, in small business, and as a wife, a mom, and an attorney, prepares her to represent the 93rd legislative district in Springfield. Republican leaders picked her to finish out the term of Representative Art Tenhouse (R-Liberty), who is retiring in July, and to appear on the November ballot.
Macomb, IL – The Waste Management landfill near Macomb finally has its expansion permit. The county's treasury will get some new income. Area manager Steve Harenberg says the application took seven years because of design changes and personnel changes at the state EPA. He says the existing 11-acre landfill should be full next month. Then his crews will begin filling the first of four six-acre cells of the new landfill. He says at current rates, the new landfill could last about 90 years. However. he's trying to build up the current 200 tons per day to help pay the cost of the expansion.