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Hancock County Board Reduction Proposal
12:35 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Chairman Says Board Reduction Could Hurt Rural Residents

Hancock County Board Chairman David Walker has ”mixed feelings” about a proposal to reduce the size of the board.

District Two Republican Delbert Kreps has suggested reducing the size of the board from 15 to nine members. He said the change would save the district money. He also said the change would reduce the power of the board chairman since the whole board would take the place of the individual committees that conduct county business. Kreps believes the chairman doesn't keep the board informed on financial matters.

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P-1 Zoning Change for New Store
10:58 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Carthage Has Changed Zoning for New Store

Carthage's Dollar General store will move to a new location. The site is at the intersection of Highway 136 and 1st Street. It's zoned P-1.

Mayor Jim Nightingale said, ”P-1's a very flexible zoning. But it wasn't covered under retail so they had to amend the P-1 to include retail.”

The city council chose to amend the zoning ordinance rather than re-zone the property. The change will give the council greater flexibility in the future.

The new site currently belongs to Prairieland Investment Group. The property is part of the former Robert Morris College campus.

Keokuk Water Tower Online
9:07 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Warm Weather Benefits Keokuk Water Tower

The relatively warm weather in recent weeks has benefited Keokuk's new water tower.

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Employee Health Insurance
6:05 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Macomb's Health Care Costs to Rise

The City of Macomb and its workers are preparing to pay more for a key employee benefit.

The plan calls for the city and workers to each contribute an added 6.5% to the Health Insurance Trust Fund beginning February 1.

City Administrator Dean Torreson said the increase is necessary to prevent the fund from being vulnerable in the event costly claims need to be paid out.

“Our goal here is to keep a good cash balance in our Trust Fund,” Torreson said.

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Filed In Neighboring County
10:08 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Lee County Getting Involved In Sewer Lawsuit

An organization known as Residents for a Better Richmond has filed a class-action lawsuit in the Iowa District Court for Washington County.

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early dismissal announcement
10:37 am
Thu December 15, 2011

B-PC Schools Announcement

Bushnell Prairie City school district will be dismissing school early all this week at 2:00pm.<\p>

Tri States Public Radio Honors
12:08 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

More Honors for Tri States Public Radio

Oak Brook, IL – The Tri States Public Radio news department picked up a half-dozen awards during an annual awards banquet and ceremony.

Morning Edition host Alex Degman received First Place in the "Best Hard News Feature" category of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association contest. He was honored for the story Wet Fields, Busy Businesses. It explains how last fall's wet conditions impacted agriculture-related businesses.

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Galesburg Census
5:48 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Galesburg Wants Inmates Counted

Galesburg, IL – Galesburg's mayor is worried about new state legislation moving its way through the Illinois House. Under State Rep. LaShawn Ford's (D-Chicago) proposal, prison inmates would be counted in their home towns instead of where they're incarcerated.

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Waste Management
2:35 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

More Waste Collection = Improving Economy

Macomb, IL – Waste Management reports the collection of municipal solid waste, or MSW, increased by 2.5 percent in 2009 compared with 2008 levels.

WM's Municipal Marketing Manager, Dave Schaab, says that's a good sign.

He says a trash collection report is one of the strongest economic indicators. When more waste is collected in an area, in this case western Illinois, that means more people are staying home. But at the same time, they're buying things close to home.

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WIUM Local
2:18 am
Thu October 4, 2007

RFK Jr: Illinois Being Harmed by Bush Policies

Macomb, IL – Robert F. Kennedy Jr says the Bush administration's environmental policies are causing direct harm to Illinois residents. Kennedy made his comments at WIU, where he spoke to a full house at Western Hall.

Kennedy says the president and his cronies rolled back environmental protections for rivers. He feels fish populations in Illinois have been contaminated as a result of this.

Kennedy says the mercury in Illinois' waters would be eliminated if utility companies spent just 1% of their plant revenue on pollution control.

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