Aldermen voted 6-to-2 Monday night to put a referendum on the March ballot that asks voters whether they want to eliminate the primary held in February of odd-numbered years.

Rich Egger

The decision to conduct a special census appears to be paying off for Macomb.

Rich Egger

It took a while, but Macomb city code finally defines the word "majority" to mean a number that is more than half.

The McDonough County clerk is asking the city to no longer hold a primary in February of odd-numbered years.

WIU Enrollment Decline Impacts Bottom Line

Sep 10, 2013
Rich Egger

There are 498 fewer students attending Western Illinois University this fall than at this time last year.

Aldermen Agree to Spend Money on Lamoine Hotel

Sep 4, 2013
Rich Egger

Macomb aldermen voted in favor of spending $200,000 in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District funds to help a developer acquire and repair the old Lamoine Hotel.

Parking Still Concern in Macomb Downtown Plan

Jun 26, 2013
Rich Egger

Macomb’s downtown revitalization committee is still unable to reach a decision on which plan to present to the city council.

The results of city/village races from throughout west-central Illinois during the April 9, 2013 election.

Rich Egger

How much is a paperwork mistake worth? In the case of a Macomb road project, the answer is about $125,000.

The project calls for improvements to the intersection of Bower Road and Route 136. The work will be paid for by the city, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and a grant through the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP).

The original low bid of $969,922 came from Laverdiere Construction.

Rich Egger

Older cities generally have some older trees. A city council member suggested Macomb be prepared for the replacement process by starting a tree farm.

Alderman At Large Dennis Moon said Macomb could use some city-owned land just east of Oakwood Cemetery to plant the trees.

"The newer part of Oakwood needs some trees. The older part is losing a lot of its trees because of storm damage and they are getting some age on them," Moon said.

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More information is now known about plans to replace the Wigwam Hollow Road bridge in Macomb.

A public hearing on the project was held during the City Council's September 4 meeting. Eric Moe of McClure Engineering said the bridge will be widened from 20 feet to 30 feet. A sidewalk will be added on the east side for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Moe said the bridge will be doubled in length to 200 feet. It will stretch from Jana Road to Woodland Lane. He said the new length will prevent floodwaters from topping the bridge.

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It could soon cost more if you violate certain ordinances in Macomb.

City staff researched the fines charged in other college towns in Illinois and drafted a proposal for aldermen to review.

“We're not trying to target anybody unless they target us,” said Seventh Ward Alderman Clay Hinderliter. “If they choose to do the right thing, everything will be fine.”

Aldermen will hold first reading of the changes on Tuesday, September 4.

For the most part, the fines will increase $50 if aldermen approve the changes.

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Aldermen are reviewing whether to alter the Facade Forgivable Loan Program based on recommendations from the City Council's Community Development Committee.

One proposal is to increase the city's share of the costs for facade improvements from 50% to 66%.

“That would mean if somebody had a $30,000 project, they could get $20,000 of that from us and $10,00 of their own money. If that's not incentive enough to put on their best face, I don't know what else we can do,” said Seventh Ward Alderman Clay Hinderliter.

Other recommendations include:

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The City of Macomb has taken steps to ensure the water continues to flow this summer despite the drought.

Mayor Mike Inman said water from one of the city's deep wells is being pumped into Spring Lake, which is the city's water source.

“The water manager started pumping from one of our deep wells the first week of July,” Inman said.

“We're pumping roughly 800 gallons a minute from that deep well into the lake, trying to maintain the water level there.”

The city has two deep wells. Both are at Spring Lake.

Baseball teams from Macomb and Colchester were scheduled to play a five-game series in mid-1921.

The series was tied 2-2 after four games with the deciding 5th game scheduled for September 11.

The game was played at the Macomb fairgrounds in front of more than 1,600 people.

The contest was about to begin when a car pulled up and three of the infamous Chicago Black Sox (Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ed Cicotte and Swede Risberg) got out and joined the Colchester team.