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Looking For Government That Works? Try Local

Sep 27, 2017
Rich Egger

I doubt that many people would disagree with me when I say big governments – those in  Washington DC and Springfield -  have not been working very well in the past few years.  Washington and Springfield seem to have a very difficult time doing anything. 

A New Use for the Former Maytag Plant in Galesburg

Nov 23, 2016
T.J. Carson

The parking lot at the former Maytag plant in Galesburg will be in use again this week.  BNSF Logistics has agreed to lease the 50-acre property at 1801 Monmouth Blvd. from its owner, Industrial Realty Group, LLC. 

Jason Parrott / TSPR

It has been a slow go for Fort Madison when it comes to the city's attempt to bring passenger rail service downtown. But there might soon be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Rich Egger

The passenger rail agency said it will renovate the Macomb Travel Center to make it more easily accessible for everyone.

T.J. Carson

A major road project in Galesburg that's been delayed several times is being pushed back again.  Construction of the East Main Street underpass was supposed to begin last summer, but bid openings have been postponed several times and were pushed back again this week.

West Burlington could be on the hook for some unplanned street improvements.

Wikipedia

The rail industry is big in west central Illinois, and rail lines are being built in the Middle East.  So the City of Galesburg will try to bring the two together.

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U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) says a public-private partnership is working well in southeast Iowa.

Rich Egger

Macomb is in talks with BNSF that could help the city expand. The plan is to annex the railroad's right-of-way westward to the future site of the Macomb bypass.

“Our primary goal is to take advantage of those folks willing to come in that are businesses -- commercial developments -- that bring sales tax revenue in to the city,” said Mayor Mike Inman.

He said the annexation might also increase the city's population base, though he feels that would be “icing on the cake.”

Inman said Macomb and BNSF have been in negotiations for the better part of a year.