The Illinois Department of Agriculture has approved the permit for South Morgan Acres to be built in the northwest part of McDonough County.
The farm will be the home for up to 18,000 hogs. About 6,000 would be adults. The rest would be suckling pigs, many weighing less than 15 pounds.
Barbara Adams and her husband live less than 3,000 feet from the site. She says they already have one large hog farm about a mile away. She opposed construction of South Morgan Acres. The news the permit was approved made her “sick to her stomach.”
The World of Wonder Park has provided outdoor fun for children in Carthage for nearly 20 years. It's started to show its age. The board for the private park wants to give it a facelift.
Board Chair Natalie Cole says the park's wooden structures require a lot of maintenance and a lot of volunteers to provide it. There aren't enough people to do the work to keep up the park's appearance.
Monmouth's city council and the firefighters union each ratified the three-year contract by a unanimous vote.
Firefighters will receive a 2.5% pay raise each year of the deal.
The city and the union each wanted similar changes in the time-off policies. The city wanted to reduce overtime. The union wanted to reduce the likelihood firefighters would be called in on their days off.
City Administrator Eric Hanson said the major change was to vacation policy.