Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Thu February 23, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
5:17 am
Thu February 23, 2006

Fort Madison Wants County Seat

Fort Madison, IA – City leaders in Fort Madison say if the Lee County Board of Supervisors creates one county seat, the seat should be in their city. The city council has approved a resolution filled with reasons why it feels Fort Madison would be the best site for the county seat. Mayor Steve Ireland says the city needed to speak up before the Board of Supervisors took action. The resolution goes much furture than a measure recently adopted in Keokuk.

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WIUM Local
4:33 am
Thu February 23, 2006

Path Cleared for Cheese Production

Nauvoo, IL – Production of blue cheese in Nauvoo could begin in about one month. Plans to build a factory on the site of the Baxter Winery were stalled by zoning issues and concerns from neighbors. Spokesman Bob Hopp says the group negotiated an agreement to stay within an existing building for its artisan cheese production. He says any expansion will be done on another site. Hopp has begun remodeling the building, which once housed a gift shop and a glass blower. The firm will also line up the production equipment. He says the firm is contracting for a milk supply.

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Emphasis
12:35 am
Thu February 23, 2006

Emphasis

February 23, 2006 – Rich Egger previews Women's History Month events at WIU with Women's Center Director Janine Cavicchia and Western Organization for Women Co-President Cathy Null.

Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Wed February 22, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
5:11 am
Wed February 22, 2006

Fort Madison Could See Property Tax Hike

Fort Madison, IA – Property taxes could be on the rise in Fort Madison. The city council has approved the city's preliminary spending plan for next year. The proposed budget includes a 19 cent increase to the city's property tax rate. City Manager Bill Kelly says the cost of health insurance and other employee benefits prompted the need to raise the tax. He says the spending in the budget is really tight. Kelly says the spending plan includes no layoffs or program cuts... but does contain fee increases and large fund transfers.

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WIUM Local
12:37 am
Wed February 22, 2006

Challenging Financial Picture for Schools

Macomb, IL – The Macomb Board of Education is facing some tough decisions. A representative from a financial planning company told the board that the district's year-end balance is projected to drop in each of the next five years. Steven Miller of PMA Financial also said that by 2011 the district could be more than $5 million in the red. Miller said the board might be forced to evaluate staffing levels because of the drop in money and a drop in enrollment. He said nearly 60% of the school budget pays salaries and another 15% is spent on benefits.

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WIUM Local
12:09 am
Wed February 22, 2006

Hike in Telecommunications Tax Approved

Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen will have a bit more money to work with in the city's next budget. The city council voted 6-0 Tuesday night to hike the telecommunications tax from 2% to 4%. Fifth ward alderman Tim Lobdell was absent from the meeting. Macomb will begin receiving the extra tax money in August. The city estimates the tax will provide it with an additional $116,250 next fiscal year. Mayor Mick Wisslead says the money will go into the city's general fund. It will help fill some holes in the next budget, which goes in effect May 1.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Tue February 21, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
6:03 am
Tue February 21, 2006

Keokuk Could Spend Millions On Streets

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk may borrow millions of dollars to repair the city's streets. The city council is considering a street repair program that would cost $12,000,000 over the next 12 years. Mayor Dave Gudgel says a program of this scale is essential to Keokuk's future and must begin this year. The city would borrow $3,000,000 every 3 years under the proposed repair program. Several council members say the loans can be structured so the property tax rate would not increase dramatically.

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