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Praises Interagency Cooperation
9:41 am
Mon August 13, 2012

HUD Administrator Meets with McDonough County Agencies

HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Antonio Riley

Leaders of social service agencies in McDonough County have shared their stories of service with a HUD administrator. Antonio Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator, accepted an invitation from the McDonough County Housing Authority to view the opportunities and challenges of providing such housing in a rural area.

Riley said the level of cooperation he saw in McDonough County is rare outside large, urban areas.

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Investigation, City Government, Expansion, Hero
10:28 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Around The Region

A quick look at news from around the tri-state region.

BURLINGTON

The Burlington Police Department has identified Crystal Newman, 33, as the woman found dead, last Thursday, in the home at 800 S. 8th Street in Burlington.

Authorities say Newman had a gunshot wound and there was a firearm/ammunition at the scene, but they have not determined a cause of death.

The children living at the residence were not harmed.

FORT MADISON

Fort Madison residents have an opportunity to weigh in on the future of city government.

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Budge Running Deficit
9:45 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Burlington Could Raise Garbage Fees

Burlington City Hall

Burlington residents could soon pay more to get rid of their garbage.

City Manager Jim Ferneau says the base fee is $12.10/month.  He says that does include recycling and inclusion in a city-wide clean-up.

The fee does not appear to be enough to balance the $2-million sanitation budget, which is carrying a roughly $220,000 shortfall.

Ferneau says part of the reason for that is the city has only adjusted the monthly rate based on increasing tipping fees at the local landfill. 

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Ameren Customers Would Have Paid More
1:05 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Illinois Governor Halts “Boondoggle” Energy Bill

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
Rich Egger

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed energy  legislation that critics say could have raised the price of natural gas around the state.

The legislation would have forced natural gas companies Ameren and Nicor to buy synthetic gas produced by the Leucadia plant in order to help pay for its construction. The plant was proposed to be built on Chicago's south side. Leucadia planned to use technology that converts Illinois coal into gas.

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Changes to Law Proposed
5:58 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Galesburg Mayor to Veto Marijuana Law

Galesburg City Hall
Rich Egger

The recently approved marijuana ordinance in Galesburg has gone up in smoke.

The law would have allowed police to issue a ticket to those caught possessing up to 2.5 grams of pot. Offenders could pay a fine instead of going to court.

But Mayor Sal Garza will veto the measure and is recommending changes he feels will improve it.

The mayor wants to start an education program for those under age 18 who are caught with small amounts of marijuana. He also wants to increase the fine to cover the cost of implementing the program.

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