Keokuk, IA – An effort to cut the budget in Lee County will have an effect on the county's workforce. The Board of Supervisors voted to cut the workweek by one hour. Chairman Rick Larkin says the measure will take a little time for employees and department heads to get used to. The board also approved a proposal to have non-union workers pay for part of their health insurance coverage. Beginning Aug. 1, these employees will pay $25 toward a single plan per month and $50 toward a family policy.
Keokuk, IA – The Lee County Board of Supervisors has approved a reduction of the workweek by one hour for union workers starting July 16. It also voted in favor of having non-union workers pay for a portion of their health insurance coverage. Board Chairman Rick Larkin says these steps could save the county as much as $100,000 in the upcoming fiscal year. The cost-cutting manuevers will likely negate 3% pay hikes set to take effect for all county workers and elected leaders on July 1.
East Moline, IL – A bill awaiting the governor's signature would probhibit Illinois from buying any products made with child labor. East Moline Democratic State Representative Mike Boland says the measure not only would work to keep children in school, but would prevent unfair competition to Illinois businesses. Penalties for violating the provisions of the law could include a fine of up to the value of the product, along with a prohibition on doing state business for up to a year.
Springfield, IL – A new law requires a dental exam by the end of the Kindergarten, second and sixth grade students in Illinois. The bill covers both public and private school students. Gary Johnson of the Illinois Dental Society says the measure could help prevent absences. Parents will have until the end of the school year to have the exams completed. The state is preparing forms that will be used in the program.
Macomb, IL – A cross-country cyclist is pedaling from the east to the west coast on a personal mission to raise money for the American Cancer Society. David Buckley left North Carolina on Mother's day and hopes to reach Oregon by the end of August. He says he got the idea for the cross-country trip when he couldn't ride his bike in a cancer society walk-a-thon. He's collecting donations as he travels, stopping occasionally to work to raise money to help finance the trip. He spent the weekend at Macomb's Heritage Days before heading for Iowa.
Fort Madison, IA – The Board of Supervisors' proposal is expected to be formally voted on next week. The first step is a 3% wage increase for all non-union workers, which is similar to what union workers will receive. The savings come into play by cutting the work-week for union workers by an hour, as well as requiring non-union workers to pay part of their insurance premiums. The non-union workers would pay $25 each month towards a single insurance policy, and $50 for a family plan.
Keokuk, IA – Lee County must update its voting equipment to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act. Before that can happen, the county must decide how many polling sites are needed and if consolidation of precincts is possible. One proposal would combine Charleston, Van Buren, and Des Moines townships into one precinct, Cedar, Marion, and Franklin into another, and Green Bay, Denmark, and Washington into a third precinct. Auditor Anne Pedersen says this could save the county $40,000 because new equipment would not be needed for four townships.
Keokuk, IA – The board of supervisors has voted to hold off on awarding a contract for a new community drop-off center for its residents. C-P-C administrator Jim Posz says the recommendation before the board is a one year deal with Hope Haven Developmental Center of Burlington. The board wants Posz to provide more information on site location, the four bids for the center, and the costs associated with it. In other action, the board voted to delay signing a contract with Farmington-based ResCare Mental Health Services.
Hamilton, IL – The third annual Hamilton Homecoming celebration will take place Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 26th. The opening ceremony will include an ice cream social sponsored by the Hamilton Community Development Coalition. The feature parade featuring Hometown Heroes will run on Broadway on Saturday afternoon starting at 1:00. The festivities will also include a model car show, a three-point shootout, and a hot wings eating contest.
Lewistown, IL – The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Restoration project is adding an economic development aspect to its program. The group's Doug Blodgett says a staff member is working with representatives of towns in the region to show how they might capitalize on the development of the 7,000 acre project. The conservancy is restoring former farmland to wetlands, marsh and wildlife habitat in Fulton County. Blodgett says adding recreation to the program at Emiquon is a way of building public support.