Keokuk, IA – Keokuk will add some summer help to several departments. The city council has agreed to hire a pair of temporary workers to help mow city property. Currently, 2 employees maintain the city's cemetaries while the five workers in the Bridge and Parks Departments are responsible for everything elese. Mayor Dave Gudgel says budget cuts have led Keokuk to the point where there are not enough workers to keep up with the mowing. The 2 temporary employees will work May 15 through Aug. 15. It will cost the city about $8000.
Macomb, lL – The McDonough County Board has suggested a three percent pay hike for elected officers, such as the sheriff and circuit clerk. Board Chairman Bob Harwick says the committee should try for the same percentage for other county employees. Harwick says it will be a difficult budget next year. Farmland is losing about 15 percent of its value, trimming county income. However, he says some businesses will be going onto the tax rolls after being exempt due to enterprise zone tax breaks. Harwick says he'd be happy if the income stayed about the same as it did last year.
Macomb, IL – The Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation has approve Bushnell for membership. Executive Director Kim Pierce says approving the membership was the next logical step after parts of Bushnell became part of the enterprise zone. Pierce says Bushnell aldermen must approve joining, but they have indicated interest before. The town and MAEDCO must also agree on a yearly assessment for Bushnell to pay. Pierce says MAEDCO's business retention program is likely to be one of the first services to be used.
Macomb, IL – News Director Rich Egger sat down with State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) to talk about the new spending plan for Illinois and its impact on the western part of the state. The topics reviewed include K-12 spending levels, new money for WIU, and the increased spending for Amtrak. Another issue discussed is the continued lag in reimbursement for Medicaid providers. Sullivan also shared an update on the detention center that will soon open near Rushville. You can listen to the entire conversation by clicking on the audio button above.
Macomb, IL – News Director Rich Egger sat down with State Representative Rich Myers (R-Colchester) to talk about the new spending plan for Illinois and its impact on the western part of the state. The topics reviewed include K-12 spending levels, new money for WIU, and the increased spending for Amtrak. Another issue discussed is the continued lag in reimbursement for Medicaid providers. Myers also shared some thoughts on State Representative Art Tenhouse (R-Liberty), who has announced he will retire from the legislature.
Quincy, IL – A longtime state lawmaker from West-Central Illinois says there are several reasons why he will resign. State Representative Art Tenhouse (R-Liberty) says he will leave office this summer to become the Illinois CPA Society's VP of Government Affairs. He has served in the legislature for more than 16 years. Tenhouse, who is an accountant, says he will worki in Springfield as a lobbyist as part of the new job. He says this position will allow him to spend more time with his family.
Macomb, IL – WIU's Student Government Association is once again asking the Macomb City Council for a street light on the Wigwam Hollow Road bridge, but the council remains opposed to the idea. The SGA says the bridge is especially dark at night and the area is heavily populated by deer. It believes a light would improve safety. The SGA has also indicated that city code requires a street light every 450 feet. But the city says that applies only to new residential subdivisions. It also says lights are not installed on rural roads such as Wigwam Hollow.