Illinois

Panels encourage cooperation
2:59 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Hancock County Forms Economic Task Forces

Jerry Bartell

The Hancock County Economic Development Committee has formed three task forces composed of 25 volunteers each.

They are looking for ways to encourage future economic development in the county.

An initial meeting of selected three priorities; job creation, vocational training and entrepreneurship and encouraging residents to shop at local businesses. Each task force will hold an initial meeting in the next few weeks. They will then meet on a quarterly basis.

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County wants to gauge interest
7:22 am
Mon April 16, 2012

County Employees Are Interested in Wellness Program

Alice Henry

McDonough County employees have expressed interest in a wellness program during a meeting of the employee health insurance committee.

Finance committee chair Alice Henry said  the county is interested in offering such a program. She said the county will start small to make sure the interest will continue.

She said, “We're going to start very economically and being to build interest in wellness. So, we'll start with some paycheck stuffers.”

Those items would include flyers on healthy eating and exercise.

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Participants Pledge to Take Action
3:50 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Rally Seeks to Create Awareness of Child Abuse

Participants extend a blue ribbon around the courthouse.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

McDonough County reported 280 cases of child abuse and 21 cases of child sexual abuse in 2010, the most recent year statistics are available.

Participants at the “Hands Around the McDonough County Courthouse” rally against child abuse promised each other they would fight child abuse.

Diane Mayfield is the Victim Services Director for the Western Illinois Regional Council  Community Action Agency.

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Work Will Be in Stages
10:57 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Monmouth Will Replace Troublesome Water Main

Eric Hanson

Monmouth will disrupt traffic downtown for about six weeks while it  replaces an old water main.

The work will take place near the southeast corner of the town square. It will involve two-and-a-half blocks of blocks of South First Street and a block of First Avenue.

City Administrator Eric Hanson said the city has repaired leaks in the main many times. He said the renovations of several nearby buildings prompted the project.

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It would provide phone messages
1:28 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Carthage Considers Warning System

Carthage residents might soon depend on a high-tech warning system during emergencies.

Fire Chief Gary Smith is proposing the city purchase a phone messaging system, primarily for use during emergencies. He says it would come at a “nominal cost.”

He said, “It would allow us to make one phone call that would go out to all the residents of Carthage, up to three different phone numbers for each residence.”

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City will use half-cent sales tax revenue
9:32 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Macomb Plans to Catch-up on Street Projects

Mayor Mike Inman

Macomb hasn't had the money to keep up with needed street work the past few years. Mayor Mike Inman said passage of a half-cent sales tax last year will allow an the city to complete several projects this construction season.

He said,“It'll come out of that, almost without exception, the half-cent sales tax. Folks that voted for that will get to se some of the fruits of their vote come to pass this summer.”

The city will budget $1.25 million for the fiscal year that starts May 1st.

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Trial Date Set
2:01 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Former Teacher Faces Additional Charges

Daniel Watson
Courtesy Macomb School District

Daniel Watson, a former teacher and boys basketball coach at Macomb High School, faces two more charges stemming from an alleged relationship with a female student who was 17 years old at the time.

He was arrested last August on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He has been charged with another count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and a count of official misconduct.

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Will Meet New EPA Regulations
10:08 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Bushnell Will Install Emission Controls at Power Plant

Steve Russell

Bushnell hoped to avoid spending the $650,000 for catalytic converters on the engines at its power plant. Mayor Steve Russell said the city keeps the plant as a back-up and doesn't run it regularly.

However, maintaining the power plant brings in $25,000 monthly payments.

Russell said the city buys electricity from a consortium, the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency. The agency makes those payments for the city's generating capacity. One condition is that the power plant meets EPA regulations. New regulations  require the installation.

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Charge will help finance project
12:02 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Colchester Considers Adding Sewer Surcharge

Mayor Danny Bice

Colchester residents might soon see a new charge on their sewer bills. It could be just the first of several.

The city council has given first reading to proposed ordinance to add the $4 monthly fee. The city needs the money because the Illinois EPA is requiring the city to update its sewer and water treatment systems.

Mayor Danny Bice said the city has little choice but to raise more money. The city is looking for financing from federal and state agencies.

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WIU will cooperate with city
3:20 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Logo Will Tower over Macomb

North Water Tower

Western Illinois University is known for Sherman Tower and its climbing tower. It might soon be known for a water tower. Talks between WIU and Macomb are ongoing.

Mayor Mike Inman said, “We're hoping to partner with the university on branding the water tower with the university's mascot and logo  That, obviously, will be an agreement between us and them but their intention is to underwrite that.”

The project is part of routine maintenance to repaint the tower inside and out this year.

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