WIUM Local
7:27 am
Wed May 10, 2006

Myers Reviews State Budget

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.

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WIUM Local
6:15 am
Wed May 10, 2006

West-Central Illinois Lawmaker Stepping Down For Several Reasons

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.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Wed May 10, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
12:41 am
Wed May 10, 2006

Aldermen Still Oppose Light for Bridge

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.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Tue May 9, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
5:56 am
Tue May 9, 2006

Keokuk Police Investigating School District Employee

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk Police Department is investigating an incident involving a local teacher. The police department's investigative unit is conducting an investigation into allegations of inappropriate actions of a Keokuk High School teacher. A statement issued by Police Chief Tom Crew goes on to say that the investigation is ongoing and that no arrests have been made at this time. Keokuk Superintendent Jane Babcock confirms there is an investigation underway involving a staff member, but would not elaborate on who was being investigated.

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WIUM Local
5:39 am
Tue May 9, 2006

County Considers Layoff Policy

Macomb, IL – McDonough County will begin discussion of a layoff policy. The issue arose at this week's Government Integrity and Oversight Committee during discussion of the coming year's budget. Committee Chairman Glen Foster says farmland assessments are expected to drop by about 15 percent, meaning less property tax income. Foster will schedule a meeting for budget discussion between elected officers and county board members. He says both groups will have to work closely together for the county to have a balanced budget.

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WIUM Local
10:36 am
Mon May 8, 2006

Engineering Study Possible for Pool

Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are figuratively dipping a toe in the water to determine whether a new pool is needed. Aldermen will decide next week whether to seek bids for an engineering study on Glenwood Pool. Members of the city's pool committee would like to have the study done, but aldermen were somewhat reluctant to place the item on next week's agenda. Several aldermen say it's already pretty clear to them that it's not worth spending more money to fix the pool. Nonetheless, the pool committee says the study will provide important documentation.

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WIUM Local
9:16 am
Mon May 8, 2006

Guard Unit Honored

Macomb, IL – Members of Bravo Battery, 123rd Field Artillery of the Illinois National Guard were honored over the weekend for their service in Iraq. The Assistant Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard gave each member of the unit a flag in a ceremony held before the unit began its regular monthly drill. The unit was mobilized for more than a year. Members were trained and served as military police while the were deployed. Now, the unit will resume artillery training.

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WIUM Local
6:14 am
Mon May 8, 2006

Fort Madison Might Get New School Building

Fort Madison, IA – A new school building might be on the horizon in Fort Madison. The facilities planning committee is recommending the Fort Madison School District build a new K-8 facility. The building would replace Denmark Elementary and Fort Madison Middle School. Superintendent Kenneth Marang says the Denmark building is falling apart. He says there are also issues with the middle school being located on a small piece of land in residential neighborhood. The committee says building a 900 student facility, between Denmark and Fort Madison, would cost around $17,000,000.

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