Mike Inman

Macomb Police Department

The Macomb Police Department is honoring three Western Illinois University students who tried to rescue a man at Spring Lake.

Rich Egger

Plans to renovate the old Lamoine Hotel building in downtown Macomb were put on hold when Gatehouse Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September.

Western IL Readies for Federal Disaster Declaration

Apr 26, 2013
Scott Stuntz

As a result of heavy rains and flooding, much of west-central Illinois has been declared a state disaster area and a federal disaster declaration could follow.

City Responds to Disputed 2nd Ward Election

Mar 27, 2013

The City of Macomb is saying little about the disputed election in the city’s second ward. Mayor Mike Inman read a brief statement during the  city council meeting on Monday.

Rich Egger

Macomb held a brief, interfaith ceremony Sunday afternoon to pay its respects to the victims of Friday’s mass murder in a Connecticut school.

Donnie Case, Senior Minister at Maple Avenue Christian Church, helped organize the vigil. He thought there might be others in the community wrestling with some of the same emotions he felt.

“I’m a father of three children. I remember Friday night just thinking, ‘Wow, how blessed I am that this didn’t happen in Macomb, and how heartbreaking it must be for the parents that are going through it,’” Case said.

Rich Egger

Crews from Laverdiere Construction installed a roughly 1,500 pound sign on top of the northwest pillars in Chandler Park on December 5. The black, classically ornate sign is made of recycled metal. It was created by local artist Matt Myers.

“My stuff generally gets sent off to other states and I never see them again,” Myers said. “Macomb is my adopted hometown so it’s good to have something here.”

Mayor Mike Inman said it’s an ideal place for a sign given the amount of traffic that goes by the park every day on Highways 136 and 67.

Rich Egger

Macomb’s mayor and the head of the Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDCO) traveled halfway around the world to say “Thank you.” The gratitude was expressed in Japan to top executives at NTN Bower, which has operated a plant in Macomb since 1985 and this year announced a major expansion of the plant.

Mayor Mike Inman felt the city should respectfully thank corporate leaders in a face-to-face meeting.

“The Japanese culture puts a great deal of weight in those types of relationship protocols, shall we say,” Inman said.

Rich Egger

Politicians in western Illinois want to make sure those in Washington DC know support for Amtrak reaches across the aisle and across the miles.

Republican State Representatives Norine Hammond and Don Moffitt, Democratic State Senator John Sullivan, and the mayors of four western Illinois communities (Galesburg, Monmouth, Macomb, and Quincy) gathered at the Galesburg train depot to urge Congress to continue funding for passenger rail.

Rich Egger

Macomb is facing the same problem the Five Man Electrical Band sang about in 1971: “Signs, Signs, Everywhere there's signs, Blocking out the scenery, Breaking my mind.”

Macomb's issue is with all the signs being hung from the Chandler Park fence. It's a great location to hang a banner because it's right along the highway and across the street from the train depot. Numerous organizations have started placing banners there to promote various causes and events. But the city has a problem with the practice.

Rich Egger

Macomb is in the process of lining up the financing for its multi-year street repair program.

The goal is to have all the financial paperwork and the bond sale completed by October 1. Construction won't start until next spring but Mayor Mike Inman said the money is needed sooner because there is plenty to do between now and then.

“We're going to incur some engineering costs. These are not projects that are sitting on a shelf ready to roll. We're going to have some significant costs,” said Inman.

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