WIUM Local
5:42 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Keokuk Business Recognized

Keokuk, IA – One Keokuk-based business has been honored for keeping its operations in the city. Even though Metso Minerals closed last October, work is still being done at its plant in Keokuk. Morse Rubber LLC purchased Metso's rubber production line and has been in service for more than 3 months. President Pat Boyd says the company has received more local assistance than loans and tax abatements. The company received certificates of appreciation from the city and economic development leaders for its local investment. Morse Rubber employs 24 people.

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WIUM Local
4:30 am
Mon February 20, 2006

ESDA Director Search to be Narrowed

Macomb, IL – McDonough county leaders will begin scanning applications for the ESDA Director's position this week. Board chairman Bob Harwick says nine applications have been turned in. More than 20 were picked up by interested persons. Harwick says the committee will look for police or fire experience when it chooses. He says the administrative knowledge will come as the successful applicant begins the state-required training. Harwick hopes the committee can begin interviewing applicants next week. ESDA funding for McDonough County is shared by the county, city and university.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Fri February 17, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
5:13 am
Fri February 17, 2006

Keokuk's Mayor Says Town Moving In Right Direction

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk's mayor expects big things for the city in 2006. Mayor Dave Gudgel used his 5th State of the City address to tout Keokuk's accomplishments over the last 4 years and to look ahead to the future. He says new businesses, plant expansions, city beautification, and property development will have a major impact on Keokuk during 2006. Gudgel says Keokuk is on the path to become a leader in alternative energy and in shipping and transportation.

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WIUM Local
4:50 am
Fri February 17, 2006

IDOT Plans Further 336 Corridor Hearings

Peoria, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold a series of hearings next month to seek comment on revised corridors for Route 336. The department has dropped some possible alignments and added others for the proposed highway between Macomb and Peoria. Engineer Scot LaSalle says the department will take the comments from the March hearings and return with what could be a final plan in about a year. Among the changes being suggested are a different intersection where the corridor meets with the proposed bypass on the east side of Macomb.

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WIUM Local
4:50 am
Fri February 17, 2006

IDOT Plans Further 336 Corridor Hearings

Peoria, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold a series of hearings next month to seek comment on revised corridors for Route 336. The department has dropped some possible alignments and added others for the proposed highway between Macomb and Peoria. Engineer Scot LaSalle says the department will take the comments from the March hearings and return with what could be a final plan in about a year. Among the changes being suggested are a different intersection where the corridor meets with the proposed bypass on the east side of Macomb.

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WIUM Local
4:50 am
Fri February 17, 2006

IDOT Plans Further 336 Corridor Hearings

Peoria, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold a series of hearings next month to seek comment on revised corridors for Route 336. The department has dropped some possible alignments and added others for the proposed highway between Macomb and Peoria. Engineer Scot LaSalle says the department will take the comments from the March hearings and return with what could be a final plan in about a year. Among the changes being suggested are a different intersection where the corridor meets with the proposed bypass on the east side of Macomb.

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WIUM Local
4:41 am
Fri February 17, 2006

Keokuk Property Taxes Could Go Up

Keokuk, IA – The property tax rate could be on the rise in Keokuk next year. The city council has approved the city's preliminary budget for next year. The proposed spending plan includes a 40 cent increase in the city's property tax rate. Finance Committee Chair, Doug Matlick, says the rising cost of city government led to the rate hike. Matlick says the preliminary budget does not cut any services or require any layoffs. He says several vacancies created by retirement will not be filled.

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WIUM Local
6:14 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Western Gets PAC Planning Money

Macomb, IL – Western has been trying for years to get state money for building a Performing Arts Center on the Macomb campus. Now, the university's efforts have taken a giant step forward. State Senate President Emil Jones and State Senator John Sullivan announced the state will release $4 million in architectural and engineering planning money for the PAC. The money will come from an increase in state revenues. However, there is no money set aside right now for construction of the PAC, which could cost another $57 million.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Afternoon Edition

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