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Round Two on Fighting Ordinance

Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen used Monday night's committee meeting to once again discuss a proposed increase in the minimum fine for fighting from $25 to $250. There appears to be enough support to approve the plan, which will get a first reading at the November 7 meeting. Aldermen could give final approval on the 21st. Mayor Mick Wisslead says if the new ordinance is approved on schedule, it could be on the books by the first part of December. Deputy Police Chief Curt Barker says there's been an increase in fighting this year, and he told aldermen the stiffer penalty will serve as a deterrent. The maximum fine will remain $750.