Keokuk is looking for some help as it gets ready for "company."
The city will host the 26th annual Iowa Downtown Summit on August 21 and 22. The event is expected to bring more than 350 individuals from across the state and the country to Keokuk.
They will hear presentations on a variety of topics: development, preservation, retail and social media.
Mayor Tom Marion says organizers want to put a "bright, shiny face" on the city for the event., so a special downtown clean-up event is scheduled for Saturday morning.
Future mayors of Fort Madison could have more authority and input on city matters.
The city currently functions with a part-time mayor, a full-time city manager and seven city council members.
Two of the seven city council members are selected at large while the remaining five each represent one of Fort Madison’s five wards.
City Manager Byron Smith says the panel is exploring several potential changes to that current structure.
He says the discussions are based on one of the goals established during a goal-setting workshop held earlier this year.
Illinois manufacturers have many unfilled jobs despite the number of job-seekers
Blanche Shoup, director of the Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois, says many applicants lack specific skills, including math aptitude.
She says, “Math is absolutely critical and that's one of the areas that we score the lowest when it comes to evaluating the quality of our workforce. Math is always a challenge.”
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled a school district that suspended a teacher because of allegations of sexual misconduct had a duty to warn another district where the teacher later found work.
Jon White was twice suspended from his teaching job in Normal. But the McLean County school district did not disclose that when the Urbana schools asked to verify White's employment.
White was eventually convicted of abusing eight girls in Urbana and two in Normal. He will spend most of the next 30 years in prison.
Two of Iowa’s political heavyweights spent some time in Lee County this week. They used separate events to tout one of the state’s growing industries.
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, visits Lee County at least once a year as part of his annual 99-county tour of the state.
His counterpart, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin’s, D-Iowa, visits are much more sporadic, which made their visits occurring at the same time rather unique.
SENATOR HARKIN VISITS FARM