Macomb

Heritage Days Preview
11:04 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Emphasis - June 15

Bob Anstine (foreground) and John Hallwas
  • 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.

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City Council Discussion
8:14 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Plan in the Works for Macomb Street Repairs

Potholes in Macomb
Rich Egger
  • The city council discussion
  • The on-air story

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.

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The Gateway to WIU
11:08 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Macomb Ready to Roll on West Adams

West Adams Street at Charles Street
Rich Egger

The city council voted in favor of a resolution of support for seeking $1.1 million in federal grant funding for the West Adams Street revitalization project.

“This project is the gateway to Western Illinois University,” said Eric Moe of McClure Engineering. “It's often the first impression for newcomers to our community.”

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High priority project for state funds
10:40 am
Mon June 4, 2012

WIU Performing Arts Center is on Track for 2015 Opening

WIU Performing Arts Center

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.

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Campground Improvements
6:51 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Changes Coming to Macomb's Spring Lake Park

Spring Lake
Rich Egger

The city plans to lay out 100 new camp sites to the south and west of the existing campgrounds at Spring Lake Park.

City Administrator Dean Torreson told aldermen the development can be done in stages.

“Maybe 20 at a time or something like that, 25 at a time as we can afford it and as the market can absorb it,” Torreson said.

A city memo said once the project is completed, the city will rework some existing sites. That project will include installation of new utility lines.

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