Aldermen have a couple weeks to decide whether to allow a proposed hotel development to proceed on North Seminary Street at Highway 34.
Mayor Sal Garza said there is a great deal for aldermen to consider. He said development of the four-story hotel would create jobs, generate revenue for local governments, and it could spur further economic development in that part of town.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said the state should pay down bills with the money it gets from selling a prison to the federal government.
Construction of the Thomson Correction Center was completed more than a decade ago, but the state has never had the money to fully operate it so the federal government is buying it in order to relieve overcrowding at its maximum-security facilities.
It's been appraised at $220 million, but Illinois agreed to sell it for $165 million.
Quinn said some of that money will be used to pay off debts related to the construction of Thomson.
Politicians in western Illinois want to make sure those in Washington DC know support for Amtrak reaches across the aisle and across the miles.
Republican State Representatives Norine Hammond and Don Moffitt, Democratic State Senator John Sullivan, and the mayors of four western Illinois communities (Galesburg, Monmouth, Macomb, and Quincy) gathered at the Galesburg train depot to urge Congress to continue funding for passenger rail.