The June 15 Emphasis with guests Bob Anstine and John Hallwas
Rich Egger's guests are author and historian John Hallwas and former Macomb Mayor Bob Anstine. They talk about the city's annual Heritage Days celebration, which takes place Thursday, June 21 - Sunday, June 24.
Heritage Days began during Anstine's administration. He thinks the first one was held in 1981.
“We were looking for an annual activity. We came up with this concept - the city city council, the Chamber of Commerce, and others - and that's when it started,” Anstine said.
There are plenty of streets in need of repair in Macomb and the city council is now looking at options to pay for the work.
Aldermen this week discussed whether to issue bonds. Sixth Ward Alderman Tim Lobdell said he's debated the idea for a while and now believes it's the city's best solution.
“I hope we see the long-term value in this. You're talking capital projects. They're going to be used in the future. Those people should be paying the interest debt on them in the future as well,” Lobdell said.
Western Illinois University's new performing arts center should be ready for its scheduled opening in the fall of 2015.
Project Manager Ted Renner says the project should go out for contractor bids in late fall. Construction could begin in January. Renner is confident the project will receive state funding to stay on schedule.