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Founder's Day Speech
8:09 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

WIU's Thomas: Let Us Not Forget

President Jack Thomas delivering the Founder's Day speech
WIU
  • The Founder's Day speech by WIU President Jack Thomas

Western Illinois University celebrated its founding by looking ahead to its future.  The annual Founder's Day ceremony was highlighted by President Jack Thomas, who delivered a 20 minute speech with the theme “Let Us Not Forget.”

“Let us not forget that we have an excellent history of providing access to a wide range of students, and we must remain an institution that is affordable,” Thomas said, adding that he considers WIU affordable when compared to peer institutions.

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Replacing Old & Damaged Trees
5:45 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

City Tree Farm Possible for Macomb

This field could be used to start a city-owned tree farm in Macomb
Rich Egger

Older cities generally have some older trees. A city council member suggested Macomb be prepared for the replacement process by starting a tree farm.

Alderman At Large Dennis Moon said Macomb could use some city-owned land just east of Oakwood Cemetery to plant the trees.

"The newer part of Oakwood needs some trees. The older part is losing a lot of its trees because of storm damage and they are getting some age on them," Moon said.

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ICC Decision
5:32 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

Ameren Illinois Told to Cut Rates

A consumer watchdog group approves of the Illinois Commerce Commission’s decision to order a $48 million electric delivery rate cut for Ameren customers.

But Citizens Utility Board spokesman Jim Chilsen says the utility company has yet to improve on its plan for upgrading the power grid as part of the ‘smart-grid’ legislation approved by Illinois lawmakers last year.  Ameren filed its proposal for new rates after the measure passed.

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Low-Interest Gap Financing
11:47 am
Fri September 21, 2012

SEIRPC Has Money to Lend

SEIRPC Executive Director Mike Norris

The Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission (SEIRPC) is trying to get more money in the hands of potential employers.

The organization currently administers four regional revolving loan funds.  Its executive committee has signed off on a plan to increase the maximum amount of money available through the funds.

Executive Director Mike Norris says instead of $125,000, potential businesses in Lee, Des Moines, Henry and Louisa Counties could access $250,000.

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New Home for 4 Departments
11:37 am
Fri September 21, 2012

New Facility for West Burlington

West Burlington is proceeding with plans to build a new home for several city departments.

The West Burlington City Council has hired Snyder and Associates (Ankeny, IA) to design a new public works facility.

The roughly 22,000 square foot building would be located at the intersection of Mount Pleasant and Washington Streets.

City Administrator Dan Gifford says Snyder and Associates will also oversee the bid process.

He says the new facility would replace three, aging buildings currently used by the water, streets, sewer and parks departments.

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