The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has developed half-a-dozen potential routes for an upgraded U.S. Highway 34 between the Mississippi River and Biggsville. The plan is to convert the two-lane road into a four-lane expressway with a grass median.
Macomb aldermen are contemplating whether to end the city's relationship with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and instead have the duties handled by City Hall. It's an issue worth watching because of the economic impact of tourism.
The mayor of Monmouth gave a mostly optimistic view of his city in his annual State of the City address. Rod Davies told business leaders that “exciting times” are ahead. He used Farmland Foods and Monmouth College as examples.
The head of the Midwest-U.S. China Association doesn’t want to see America's cornbelt fall behind in a changing global economy. Bob Holden, who served as governor of Missouri from 2001 to 2005, spoke at Monmouth College as part of its "Midwest Matters" initiative.