Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen have agreed to stiffen the penalty for fighting, though support for the change was not unanimous. First Ward Alderman Charles Gilbert voted against the plan, which will increase the minimum fine from $25 to $250. Gilbert says an increase is warranted, but believes this hike is excessive. The new penalty will go on the books within the next two weeks. The city believes it will serve as a deterrent. Police say there has been an increase in fighting since the beginning of the school year. Police also say the fights have been more serious.