Keokuk’s mayor is optimistic the state will come through with funding for its hospital.
A delegation of city and county leaders joined representatives of Keokuk Area Hospital in a trip to Des Moines to meet with two key lawmakers in the field of health care.
State Representative Dave Heaton (R-Mt. Pleasant) chairs the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee in the House while State Senator Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines) leads the same committee in the Senate.
Mayor Tom Marion says the goal of the meeting was to share information.
The Illinois Supreme Court said it will allow cameras into trial courtrooms.
Illinois was in the minority of states in not allowing broadcast media to cover trials.
Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride said Illinois media outlets will have to follow several pages of rules. Even then, there is no guarantee the technology will be allowed for all trials. The state's 23 circuit courts can decide if they want to allow cameras and microphones.
The Monmouth-Roseville School District is committing to improving the literacy of Spanish-speaking students over the next few years.
The district will add a second bi-lingual kindergarten class next fall.
Superintendent Paul Woehlke said the goal is to help Latino students with both their Spanish and English language skills.
He said, ”Both (classrooms) will be teaching literacy in Spanish to the Hispanic students so they learn their native language literacy first. And research says that's the better approach to a bi-lingual program.”
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.
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.