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4:10 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Around The Region

Keokuk

The Keokuk City Council has created an application for special events with alcohol.

The form is designed to help city staff keep up with requests.

It requires information such as date, time, location and estimated attendance.

The city council approved its first application shortly after creating the document.

It was on behalf of the annual Rollin on the River blues festival in Victory Park.

 

Keokuk

The Keokuk City Council has created a union negotiating committee.

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Stable land prices
3:21 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Expert Says Farm Land Prices Should Remain Stable

Consultant David Johnston

The sale of prime farm land in west-central Illinois usually brings more than $10,000 per acre.

A consultant and former WIU faculty member said that trend is likely to continue.

David Johnston said the prices for farm land are not a “bubble.” He said the prices are based on solid fundamentals.

He said low interest rates are having a limited effect.

Johnston said, “The buyers in this market are primarily cash buyers. So interest rates are irrelevant to a totally cash buyer as far as borrowing funds whatsoever.”

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Illinois House Proposal
11:25 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Bill to Prevent Diabetics from Driving Buses

A proposal in the Illinois legislature  would prevent people with certain types of diabetes from driving  a school bus.

Studies  have shown that people with insulin-controlled  diabetes tend to get  into more crashes than other drivers. If  a person's blood sugar gets too  low, he or she can lose consciousness.

Such people are already barred from driving semi-trailers.

Representative Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville) wants to take the existing restrictions on getting a  Commercial Drivers' License (CDL) and apply them to school bus drivers.

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Debt Restructure
8:48 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Sullivan Seeks to Refinance State Debt

State Sen. John Sullivan

State Senator John Sullivan plans to try again to get approval of his plan to refinance the state's massive backlog of bills.

The Rushville Democrat said the state must pay its vendors in a timely manner.  He said it also has a duty to reduce its debt.

He said, “I'm working with my colleagues, talking to them about, at least, if we can't do the full amount let's look at something less that makes sense.”

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Lee County Impact
10:43 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Kearns Talks Hospital, Prison Funding

State Representative Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk)

A proposal in Des Moines could result in more money for Keokuk Area Hospital.

Rep. Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk) has filed legislation asking the Iowa Department of Human Services to recalculate one of its hospital funding formulas.

He says the state makes money available to hospitals that do not receive adequate reimbursement for care of low income patients.

Kearns says that state funding can be used to leverage even more federal money.

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Ag Dept Seeks More Info
6:10 pm
Sat February 4, 2012

No Permit for South Morgan Acres Hog Farm

Opponents of a proposed large-scale hog farm in McDonough County can breathe a sigh of relief - at least for now.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture declined to issue a permit to South Morgan Acres, LLC, which would be built in the northwest part of the county. The state said it required more information about the farm.

In a letter sent to the owners on February 3, the Agriculture Department said:

“Our additional information request is as follows:

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Series Resumes Feburary 7
6:05 pm
Sat February 4, 2012

Sustainability Brownbaggers at WIU

Timothy Collins

This semester's Sustainability Brownbaggers at Western Illinois University will begin by focusing on food-related issued.

Timothy Collins, Assistant Director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at WIU, helped organize the series. He said the first brownbagger is titled “Local Food Possibilities and Issues.”

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Districts Pro-active
3:33 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Districts Will Make Case for More Transportation Money

West Prairie Supt. Jonathan Heerboth

A West-Central Illinois educator says the state's rural school districts will make a case to state lawmakers to stop cuts in transportation funding.

Governor Pat Quinn cut transportation funding by $89 million in July. The cuts caught school districts by surprise.

Some,  like West Prairie, were able to use transportation funds saved from previous years.

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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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