Rushville, IL – The Rushville Park Board wants to increase income at its Scripps Park Golf Course to avoid staff layoffs. President Sue Acker says the board laid off the assistant superintendent last year due to financial constraints. Acker says the board approved eliminating the $20 differential for non-resident golf memberships in hopes of increasing the number of golfers from the area. She says the number of club memberships has been dropping slightly. She says the board also wants to improve equipment on the course.
Macomb, IL – Macomb might change the way it pays off the bond debt for building the public safety facility, but that change will impact property owners. The public safety building houses the police station, the county sheriff's department, and the jail. The city has been using general revenues to pay its share of the construction cost. But now aldermen are deciding whether to levy a tax for the expense. If the change is approved, the tax bill on a $90,000 home would increase by $28.21. That would free up more than $139,000 in the city's budget to pay for other expenses.
LaHarpe, IL – The Assistant Regional Superintendent of Education for Hancock and McDonough Counties will run for the top post. Gary Eddington filed his petitions to run on the Republican primary ballot next spring. He would replace Bob Baumann, who has indicated he will not run again. Eddingon says the major issues during the coming term will be continuing funding from grants that provide teacher training, homeless education and other programs. He says the office handles more than $2 million in grants each year.
Macomb, IL – Illinois law enforcement, legislators, and community members are joining together to fight the meth problem in the region. New laws that go into effect next month will require retailers to keep certain cold medications behind a counter. Customers will have to sign a log and show identification to buy them. Meanwhile, the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force is working to educate people about meth. Among other things, the group has former meth addicts talk to school children about the dangers of the drug.
Hancock County, IL – Soliders from the 224th Engineer Battalion are slated to be home in less than one week. One county will show its appreciation for the men and women next month. A steak dinner is scheduled for January 7 at the Hamilton VFW while a dance will take place January 14 at the Bott Center in Warsaw. Jim Wright is helping organize the events. He says the idea is to show the soliders from Hancock County, that have been serving in the Middle East, that the community is proud of them. Tickets for both events are on sale, while cash donations are also being accepted.
Macomb, IL – Regional school superintendent Bob Baumann plans to forward his recommendations on a Hancock County school convergence to Springfield this week. The Carthage, LaHarpe and Dallas City school districts want to form a single high school district of almost 500 students. Each town would maintain an elementary school district. Baumann says the Commititee of Ten from the three schools put forth convincing evidence. He says the new high school would offer a better curriculum and allow teachers to teach in their major field.
Macomb, IL – A portion of a former hotel in downtown Macomb could be converted into condominiums. The plan involves the top three floors of the Lamoine Hotel. There will be up to 15 units. The preliminary price range is from about $143,000 to nearly $250,000. The east side of the building will include a courtyard and parking for residents. Balconies and possibly canopies will be added to the building, but developers want to maintain the characteristics of its exterior. The project is being done by Naperville-based Emerson-Hurst LLC.
Bushnell, IL – One of the Republican candidates for McDonough County Clerk has withdrawn from the race. Susie Brown of Bushnell says she wants to spend more time with her family. She says campaigning required her to attend a lot of events. Brown says she also chose to drop out for the good of the Republican Party. Heer decision clears the primary field for Gretchen DeJaynes, who currently works in the County Clerk's office.