WIUM Local
4:40 am
Wed April 19, 2006

Rushville Pinches Budget Spending

Rushville, IL – Rushville aldermen propose a tight budget for the fiscal year that begins next month. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the council has agreed to only appropriate about 98 percent of the income it expects. Unspent money would go into a reserve fund. Shepherd says previous budgets have called for more outgo than income. He says aldermen agreed to forego a sewer rate increase until the city's finances are in better shape. The city's proposed total appropriations for next year are about $3.9 million, with general fund spending of almost $1.3 million.

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WIUM Local
7:41 am
Tue April 18, 2006

Volunteers Help Maintain Historic Site

Macomb, IL – The owner of the historic Moses King Brickyard in Colchester remains in the hospital, more than one month after she was involved in an unusual and serious car crash. A group of volunteers is now working to make sure the site is maintained while she continues to recuperate. The group will hold a fundraiser Saturday (April 22) at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Macomb from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will feature live music and a silent auction.

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Afternoon Edition
7:12 am
Tue April 18, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
4:11 am
Tue April 18, 2006

Environmental Summit Stresses Sustainability

Macomb, IL – Sustainability was the focus of the third Environmental Summit at Western Illinois University. Organizer Bill Doe of the WIU Institute for Environmental studies says the goal is to use fewer resources and to recycle more. He says the concept is beginning to catch on more as businesses find it can improve their profitability. The summit included booths of different environmental organizations, workshops on energy use, conservation and recycling. Chad Pregracke of Living Lands and Waters was the keynote speaker.

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WIUM Local
11:16 am
Mon April 17, 2006

Former Illinois Governor Found Guilty

Chicago, IL – Former Illinois Governor George Ryan and his co-defendant Larry Warner have been found guilty of all charges against them. Ryan promises to fight the verdict. WIU Law Enforcement professor Barry Anderson believes the appeal process will be unusually long and intricate. The jury deliberated for ten days before reaching its decision. Jurors say there was no single piece of evidence that led to the verdict. The jurors say they had reached their decision on Thursday, but some of them wanted to think over some lingering questions before announcing the verdict.

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WIUM Local
10:59 am
Mon April 17, 2006

Macomb Budget Approved

Macomb, IL – Macomb's $18.2 million spending plan for next fiscal year contains no major new initiatives. The budget, which goes into effect May 1, was unanimously approved by aldermen Monday night. City Administrator Mike Hays says it's basically a maintenance budget. He says the closest thing to a new program is a $2,000 stone refurbishment plan for the cemetary. Also at the meeting, aldermen agreed to increase cemetary burial fees. In addition, they chose to hike water, sewer, and trash collection rates. They decided to maintain the six-bag limit for trash.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Mon April 17, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
4:14 am
Mon April 17, 2006

Professor Predicts Extended Appeal in Ryan Case

Macomb, IL – A WIU Law Enforcement Professor says the promised appeal in the George Ryan case will be unsually long and complicated. Barry Anderson says a couple of factors could cause the appeal to take up to three years. The first factor would be the replacement of two jurors after eight days of deliberation. He says if one of those replaced had been preventing a unanimous verdict, that might affect the appeal. He says the other factor is the number of counts filed against Ryan and his co-defendant Larry Warner.

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WIUM Local
7:00 am
Fri April 14, 2006

Arrests Made in Suspicious Package Incident

Macomb, IL – Two WIU students are charged in connection with the suspicious package found in front of Sherman Hall on Thursday. 20-year old Adam Zepeda is charged with felony theft and felony obstruction of justice. His roommate, 20-year old Joey Sherron, is charged with felony possession of stolen property and obstruction of justice. The university says Zepeda was a worker at the Malpass Library and stole a $7,000 projector from the building two weeks ago. Sherron reportedly stored the item in his vehicle.

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WIUM Local
3:09 am
Fri April 14, 2006

County Seeks Alternative Sites

Macomb, IL – McDonough County is looking for places it could continue business if the courthouse was damaged or destroyed. Board chairman Bob Harwick says talks are underway about using some of the vacant store-front space on CourtHouse Square. However, he says a tornado that destroyed the Courthouse would also damage those buildings. He says the county is also looking into some of the vacant buildings on East Jackson Street, such as Heilig-Meyers or the Farm King buildings. The move to find alternative space is part of a review of the county's emergency preparedness.

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