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Negotiations To Follow
9:15 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Keokuk Postpones Public Hearing

Keokuk City Council

The Keokuk City Council needs more information before acting on a rezoning request for a local business.

Saint Louis Gear Company would like to move its operations from Royal Road to the Faith Family Church along Main Street.

President Dan Hodges says his company has outgrown its current plant and he does not want to have to move outside of the city.

“Keokuk is my hometown and I want to continue to try to build jobs in Keokuk,” says Hodges.

The move would require about 5.5 acres of land be rezoned for industrial use.

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Slight Tax Increase
8:04 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Burlington Budget Coming Together

Burlington City Hall

Burlington’s upcoming budget is expected to include money for a popular community attraction.

The city’s current budget does not include any money for Dankwardt Pool.

The former city council felt the pool had reached the point where its condition did not justify further investments.

The only reason the pool opened its doors, last summer, was community support and donations.

Interim City Manager Dan Luttenegger says this city council does not want to repeat last year’s decision on Dankwardt Pool.

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Unresponsive contractor
7:53 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Leaky Roof Leads to Legal Action

Carthage City Hall

Whenever it rains, the Carthage City Hall roof leaks. The leaks have created a headache for the city.

Mayor Jim Nightingale said the city has been unsuccessful getting any response from thec company that did the roof work.

He said, ”They had a five-year warranty and all we're asking for is for them to live up to their warranty. And it's just been a continual run-around with them.”

Nightingale said Indiana-based Five-Star Commercial Roofing was the low bidder for the contract in 2009. The work cost about $14,000.

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AFSCME Protest
6:33 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

State Workers Rally for Pay Raises

AFSCME protestors with their "collection notice"

The largest public employees union in Illinois said Governor Pat Quinn is a hypocrite and its members took their complaint to the state Capitol one day after the governor gave his State of the State speech.

AFSCME said Quinn's announcements of new programs don't square with his stance that Illinois is too broke to afford union pay raises.

The  union represents prison guards, welfare counselors, and thousands of clerical and administrative state employees.

AFSCME said it's time for Quinn to change his mind  and pay the raises state workers were guaranteed.

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Finalists Chosen From National Search
4:12 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

SRC Presidential Search Hits Home Stretch

Graphic from SRC.edu

Spoon River College has narrowed its presidential search to six finalists.

Their names are not being released yet. SRC said it wants to "protect the privacy and confidentiality of each person."

However, their identities will soon become known. The school said the finalists are scheduled to meet with the public during forums on the Canton and Macomb campuses on Wednesday, February 29; Monday March 5; Monday, March 19; Wednesday March 21; Monday March 26; and Wednesday March 28. The forums are scheduled to begin at 8:30am and 2:00pm.

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News Recap
2:40 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Around The Region

A quick look at news from Around the Tri-State Region.

- Burlington -

Burlington has expanded its list of finalists for city manager.

The city council has decided to add Alan Lanning, who currently serves as City Manager of Central City, CO.

He replaces an individual who withdrew from consideration prior to the names of the finalists being released to the public.

Lanning and the other five finalists are scheduled to be in Burlington on February 17 & 18 for a series of interviews and public forums.

Police Chief Dan Luttenegger is serving as interim city manager.

 

- West Burlington -

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Consolidation information
11:35 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Groups Will Present Opposing Views on Consolidation

Committee of 10 Chair Jerry Arthur

Voters in the Avon, Abingdon and Bushnell-Prairie City School Districts will decide March 20th whether the districts should consolidate.

The Committee of 10 supports consolidation.  It will launch an informational campaign later this month

Committee Chair Jerry Arthur said, ”We're just interested in trying to provide enough information so that the public knows what they're voting on rather than just to say 'well, you know, we're not in favor of it because it's a change.”

The committee will send postcards to registered voters in the three districts.

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In Town Feb. 17 & 18
4:24 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Burlington Makes Public City Manager Finalists

Burlington has released the names of the five finalists for city manager.

Two are currently serving in an administrative capacity.

- Edward Sadler as City Manager in Webster City, Iowa.

- Steven Winger as City Administrator in Center Point, Iowa.

Two others recently left their positions in city government.

- Ronald Chandler served as City Manager in Cedar City, Utah until the first of the year.

- Robert Knabel (kuh-NAY-bull) left his post as Collinsville, Illinois City Manager in November.

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Bill has support
4:00 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Sullivan Says Lawmakers Support Vets Jobs Proposal

State Sen. John Sullivan (D-47)

State Senator John Sullivan (D-47) said Governor Pat Quinn will have to work hard to convince lawmakers to pass initiatives laid out in the  State of the State speech.

But the Rushville Democrat said one of  Governor Quinn's initiatives should receive bi-partisan support.  It's the tax credit for businesses to hire returning veterans.

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Initiatives need money
3:36 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Hammond Says Governor Must find funding for Initiatives

State Rep. Norine Hammond (R-94)

State Representative Norine Hammond (R-94) is taking a wait-and-see attitude after hearing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State speech.

She said she could support Quinn's plan to increase funding for the Monetary Award Program.  It provides grants to college students.  She has a few reservations.

Hammond said,  “To increase MAP grants, if we have the funding-and again I think it's a big 'if'-it is something that I could certainly support.”

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