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Filing Period Closed
6:10 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Macomb Aldermen Face Election Competition

Credit Rich Egger

There are contested races for three of the four seats up for election on the Macomb City Council.

Second Ward Alderwoman Kay Hill will be challenged by Steven Wailand. Hill was appointed to the seat two years ago. Wailand is a student at Western Illinois University.

The race in the new fifth ward pits two incumbent city council members against one another. Clay Hinderliter represents the current seventh ward while Tim Lobdell is the sixth ward alderman. A third candidate – David Dunn – has also filed in the fifth ward.

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Aldermen Reject Proposal
10:34 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Chickens Won’t Come Home to Roost in Macomb

A proposal that would have allowed people to raise chickens in Macomb laid an egg. A clear majority of the city council opposed the idea during the November 26 Committee of the Whole meeting.

“If we open this door, then the next thing you know it’s pot-bellied pigs or llamas. Now’s the time to stop that, right now,” said Third Ward Alderman Lou Gilbert.

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Fall Veto Session
3:19 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Back to Work for Illinois Legislature

The Illinois Capitol building

Illinois lawmakers began November with an election that solidified Democratic majorities and they will finish the month by returning to the Capitol. 

Their annual fall meetings are called veto sessions because lawmakers are supposed to consider legislation the governor rejected or changed.  Those could include statewide regulation of plastic bags and a plan to let cancer treatment centers reject job applicants who smoke.

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Affects 1 - 3 out of Every 1,000 U.S. Children
2:53 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Study May Lead to New Treatment for Brain Disorder

From the Journal of Nature Medicine
Credit Nature Medicine

A University of Iowa study could help scientists better understand a serious brain condition.  Between one and three of every thousand children born in the U-S are affected by the condition hydrocephalus, in which fluid collects around the brain.

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Remodeling Job Complete
2:39 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Courtroom Returned to Historic Look

Associate Judge Patricia Walton points to some of the changes in Courtroom 203
Credit Rich Egger

McDonough County courtroom now looks a lot more like it might have when the courthouse was completed in 1872.

Courtroom 203 has a refinished oak floor, a new bench, and a new table top. All were custom made and handcrafted.

In addition, the paneling was removed from the walls and replaced with drywall and wainscoting.

“We were fortunate to have Mike Lester, who’s originally from Good Hope, who took on the job of basically crafting from hand all aspects of the wood that is in the courtroom and it’s phenomenal,” said Associate Judge Patricia Walton.

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