McDonough County

McDonough County won't have a web site right away. However, the board's Human Resources and Planning Committee is laying the groundwork for the project.

Chair Linda Jani said the current budget does not have any money for the project. She said the committee is looking at a number of issues and sees the website as a long-term goal.

She said, “We're trying to get some information together because then if we do get a website  there are legal requirements for what has to be on there.”

The McDonough County courthouse will take the first step toward becoming a “secure courthouse.” Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said the county is a bit behind the times when it comes to security. He said a new video monitoring system will close the gap.

The county is advertising for bids. VanBrooker would like to have a battery of 18 cameras to monitor entrances, hallways, stairwells and the courtrooms.

Cost is a consideration but not the only one.

McDonough County Children Need Adult Advocates

Feb 15, 2012

The Court Appointed Special Advocate program  in McDonough County is looking for volunteers to look out for kids as they navigate through the juvenile court system.

Clarice Hetzler is the executive director of the Advocacy Network for Children. The organization runs the CASA programs in McDonough and Adams counties.

Hetzler said the program is less than a year old in the county. She said the program needs at least a dozen volunteers to go along with the seven volunteers who serve currently.

McDonough County Road Weight Limits are Posted

Jan 23, 2012

The McDonough County Highway Department is posting road weight limits until April 14th. The department's website calendar will show what days the limits are in effect. On those days, haulers will need permits to haul legal limits that are over the load limits.

County Engineer Tom Hickman said the limits are one way to reduce damage to the roads.

He said, “The freeze-thaw cycle is why I do this. Because when the road base freezes and then thaws out, it gets soft and it comes apart if you put too much weight on it.”