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Rich Egger

Mayor Mike Inman said businesswoman Kay Ruggles brought the idea for Flags of Love to Macomb after seeing a similar display in southeast Iowa.  Inman said the original goal was to fly 100 American flags in Chandler Park.

The first two lanes of the bypass around Macomb were scheduled to open to motorists this fall. But completion of the project has been pushed back until next spring.

Looking For Government That Works? Try Local

Sep 27, 2017
Rich Egger

I doubt that many people would disagree with me when I say big governments – those in  Washington DC and Springfield -  have not been working very well in the past few years.  Washington and Springfield seem to have a very difficult time doing anything. 

Rich Egger

Former Macomb alderman Ryan Hansen will continue to privately manage Spring Lake Park for the next five years. The new contract goes into effect when the current three-year agreement expires at the end of December, 2017.     

drone photo taken by Chad Sperry / City of Macomb shared the image with TSPR

A major summer construction project has just wrapped up in downtown Macomb and the city is already looking ahead to possibly making more improvements in a couple of years.

Rich Egger

Aldermen are reviewing recommendations to close a projected $540,000 shortfall in the city's General Fund for the current fiscal year, which began May 1. 

MDH Board Supports Privatization Plan

Jun 27, 2017
Rich Egger

McDonough District Hospital has run the ambulance service in McDonough County since the 1970s.  But the MDH Board of Directors voted Monday night to switch to a privately-run service.

Rich Egger

The city will hold a couple veterans-related events in the coming weeks.  They come on the heels of a gathering late last month that honored those who served in the Vietnam War.

Rich Egger

The street that goes through the heart of the Western Illinois University is in poor condition right now. All the traffic -- especially from buses and trucks - has been tough on the asphalt road so the city plans to remake Western Avenue during the summer months.

Rich Egger

Lackluster volunteer support for the Flags of Love display had Macomb city leaders wondering whether it was time to end the tradition.  But it appears the community would like it to continue.  More than 200 volunteers showed up in Chandler Park first thing Friday morning to help with the display. 

Rich Egger

The city of Macomb and Sue McLaughlin parted ways last week. McLaughlin stepped down from her role as City Administrator on Tuesday, October 11, after less than 8 months on the job.  

Rich Egger

Macomb’s City Administrator Sue McLaughlin attended Monday night’s City Council meeting this week. But as of Tuesday, she was no longer on the city’s payroll.

McLaughlin stepped down after less than 8 months on the job.

Rich Egger

The body of Macomb Fire Chief Andy Taylor, 46, was found in a wooded area near Route 67 and University Drive late Thursday afternoon.  A preliminary investigation indicates he took his own life.

Mayor & Park Board President Divided over Glenwood Pool's Future

Sep 9, 2016
Emily Boyer

Glenwood Pool in Macomb dates back to the 1940s and Park Board John Hemingway said the pool is showing its age. The pool was open for just a few weeks this summer because of various problems, and he questions whether it's worth putting more money into repairs to keep Glenwood going. 

TSPR's Emily Boyer

A routine inspection by the state, last fall, found Macomb’s Glenwood Pool had some structural problems and did not meet state standards. The issues identified center around the pool’s circulation and filtration systems as well as its drainage system.

Rich Egger

Mayor Mike Inman said the city received 27 applications for the position.  The search committee has now trimmed the list to five.

Rich Egger

The portion of the gas tax collected in Illinois when you fuel your car is supposed to be forwarded to municipalities. They use it to fill potholes, or to buy salt for when it snows.

Rich Egger

Aldermen voted unanimously in favor of a one-year contract extension with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The new pact runs through August 1, 2016 and contains the same provisions as the city's current agreement with the CVB.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

Construction work is getting underway for a much anticipated public works project in Macomb. Meanwhile, delays in state and federal funding are forcing the city to reorganize some of its other infrastructure plans.

Rich Egger

The city hoped to pay for a multi-million dollar facelift to the courthouse square with local sales tax revenue and a state grant.  But it appears the state grant program won’t be offering money for at least another year.

Rich Egger

A person who’s spent much of her life in the Macomb area will be responsible for breathing new life into the city’s downtown.  The city hired Andrea Keene to be the Director of Downtown Development.

TSPR's Rich Egger

The building in downtown Macomb will be converted into an assisted living facility. Newly drawn construction plans show it will feature 47 rentable studio and one bedroom apartments as well as a memory care unit.

Developer Chris Trotter is working to raise private investments to pay for the $4.5 million project. Mayor Mike Inman said Trotter is close to obtaining his goal.

Rich Egger

Glass, plastic, aluminum, and paper from Macomb will no longer be sorted at the Bridgeway facility on the west end of town. In a letter dated February 17, 2015, the company said it’s been operating the program at a loss for several years.

Macomb City Administrator Retiring

Feb 20, 2015
Rich Egger

Dean Torreson said he will leave at the end of the year after a long career in local government.

Rich Egger

The Macomb City Council has numerous concerns about the liquor license application submitted by Christine Ann Koellner.

Rich Egger

The city is completing land acquisitions as part of the plan to improve West Adams Street from Lafayette to Johnson.

Western Illinois University

The state will start seeking construction bids this month for a long-awaited project at Western Illinois University.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman said there are currently 11 economic development projects in the works.

Macomb to Start West Adams St Improvements

Oct 9, 2014
Rich Egger

Macomb aldermen decided to proceed with the revitalization project even though the city will have to spend its own money.

Rich Egger

The city will be without a first ward alderman for a while.

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