TSPR Local

Passenger Rail Upgrade
2:28 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

New Look for Amtrak in Illinois

The Carl Sandburg pulls into the Macomb Travel Center
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Ann Schneider

Illinois will acquire new rail cars for all of the in-state Amtrak routes. Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider said the new cars will address the increase in ridership experienced by the service for the past five or six years.

“They're going to be bi-level cars,” Schneider said. “It allows us to transport more passengers on the same footprint. So it makes it more efficient and it gives us opportunity to expand service without having to add train sets.”

All of the seating on current cars is on the same level.

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Still Interested in Opportunity
10:22 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Fort Madison Turns Down TV Spot

  • FM City Manager Byron Smith

The Fort Madison City Council has turned down an opportunity for some national recognition after voting against a proposal to have the city featured on the national television program, “Today in America.”

City Manager Byron Smith says the show’s production company contacted Fort Madison about producing a five-minute, “network-quality” feature on the city as a “hidden gem.”

The feature would have cost the city nearly $20,000.

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Adm. Capt. Hinton New Police Chief
9:02 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Keokuk Increases Sewer Rates

Keokuk residents and businesses will pay more for sewer services as the city council has finalized a vote to increase the monthly rate effective August 1.

The commercial rate will increase by 3% while the residential rate will go up 5%.

Mayor Tom Marion says the commercial rate increase is smaller because Keokuk wants to remain competitive for businesses and industries.

The city says the minimum monthly charge for a residence will now be $24.25.

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He says service is improving
11:26 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Coordinator Says Patients Get Quality Care

Hancock County's ambulance coordinator says patients are receiving quality care on their way to the hospital.

Perry Cameron admits the district has had a number of problems. At times, crews have not properly checked to make sure their ambulances are properly equipped. Some paperwork has been incompletely filled out. He says those problems obscure the quality of care patients are getting.

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Coal Gasification Plant
5:53 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Chicago Power Plant, Downstate Rate Hikes

Downstate Illinois and suburban customers could see natural gas rates increase if Governor Pat Quinn signs legislation (SB 3766) intended to help a proposed power plant in Chicago.

That is the assertion from manufacturing, agricultural and environmental groups.

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