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Five County Collaboration
2:15 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Galesburg Promotes Regionwide Pursuit of CAT

The competition is expected to be stiff for a manufacturing plant that Caterpillar reportedly plans to move from Japan to somewhere in the US. Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza said that is why the city is asking mayors, village presidents, and other leaders from five counties to write letters in support of the region.

“It's become highly competitive and these kind of projects are very scarce,” Garza said. “So we understand that we really do have to collaborate.”

He thinks it strengthens the bid for this project and perhaps others down the road if the region bands together.

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Volunteers Needed
9:57 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Burlington Has “Vision” For Future

Community leaders in Burlington are looking for volunteers to help improve the city.

The Imagine Our Future campaign started out with about 1,800 ideas for making the Burlington area a better place to live, work and play.

A committee reduced that number to 100 before the public had the chance to cut the list to 30.

Campaign Co-Chair Matt Shinn says that is when the process became very difficult.

But he says about 28 of the 30 entries could be lumped into one of five areas.

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Pay Raises Sought
9:23 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Burlington, Keokuk Teachers Offer Contracts

Teachers in two southeast Iowa school districts are looking for pay raises.

The Keokuk Education Association and the Burlington Education Association have each made their initial contract offers for next year to their respective districts.

Keokuk’s teachers are seeking a $1,000 increase in the base pay for new faculty to $31,745.

The salaries for veteran teachers would increase accordingly based on experience and education.

They are also looking to change two pieces of language from the current contract.

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State Grant Comes Through
7:54 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Money in Place for Macomb Water Project

East Carroll St in Macomb

It took a while but Macomb will finally receive money for a much-needed project on the city's northeast side.

Mayor Mike Inman said the city applied about a year ago for a Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) grant to finish a water main project along East Carroll Street. He said the state has notified the city that the more than $300,000 grant has been awarded.

Inman said people generally don't give much thought to water main projects until there is an issue with their service.

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Volunteers are needed in many capacities
3:32 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Needs Volunteers

Program Dir. Kim Lampitt and board member Dan Yoder

The “Big Brothers/Big Sisters” program for McDonough and Warren Counties has plenty of children who need an adult role model.  There aren't enough adult volunteers to match with the children.

Board member Dan Yoder and program director Kim Lampitt said volunteers fill a gap in the life of a child.  She said most children are nominated by a school teacher.

She said the program has 46 active matches. There are 15 children on the waiting list for an adult mentor.

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Change Coming in Fall of 2013
2:46 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Illini West Will Switch to Eight-Block Schedule

Illini West Supt. Kim Schilson

Illini West High School in Carthage will switch to an eight-block class schedule for the 2013-2014 school year.

Classes will meet five times every two weeks. Students will take four classes each day.

Teachers might have the most to learn during the transition.

Superintendent Kim Schilson said they will have to adapt to teaching 90-minute periods.

The district will offer teachers a great deal of professional development to ease the transition.

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"Good Shot" at Mental Recovery
1:35 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Senator Kirk in Hospital After Stroke

Senator Mark Kirk (standing) during an appearance in Macomb last year with Congressman Bobby Schilling

US Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) has  suffered a stroke and remains sedated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

His neurosurgeon believes the 52-year old senator has a very  good shot at making a full mental recovery.

Northwestern  neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Fessler said Kirk suffered a  "dry stroke,"  in which sections of the right side of his brain were  deprived  of blood.

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County Road Weight Limits Posted
1:35 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

McDonough County Road Weight Limits are Posted

County Engineer Tom Hickman

The McDonough County Highway Department is posting road weight limits until April 14th. The department's website calendar will show what days the limits are in effect. On those days, haulers will need permits to haul legal limits that are over the load limits.

County Engineer Tom Hickman said the limits are one way to reduce damage to the roads.

He said, “The freeze-thaw cycle is why I do this. Because when the road base freezes and then thaws out, it gets soft and it comes apart if you put too much weight on it.”

Distracted Driving
11:59 am
Sun January 22, 2012

Cell Phones Could Be Banned for Illinois Motorists

An Illinois legislator has introduced a proposal that would ban drivers from using their cell phones. 

It's already illegal to text when you're behind the wheel, and some local ordinances only allow drivers to use hands-free devices for their phones.

Representative John D'Amico (D-Chicago) wants to go beyond those limitations.  He introduced a measure that would ban motorists from using mobile devices at all.

D'Amico acknowledged the idea might be unpopular with drivers who have become accustomed to making calls from the road, but he is standing by the proposal.

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Big Tourism Weekend in Keokuk
6:09 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Bald Eagle Appreciation Days

Organizers hope the recent temperature dip will make it easier for people to watch the bald eagles soar above Keokuk’s riverfront this weekend.

Lee County Conservation Director Tom Buckley says the warmer weather this winter has provided more hunting locations for the eagles.

He says they have been able to travel up and down the Mississippi River because of the open water.

Buckley says as the river starts to freeze, the eagles will start to congregate below Keokuk’s Lock & Dam because the moving water keeps that area open for hunting.

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