TSPR Local

The People v Hackett
1:31 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

High Court: A Swerve Justifies Traffic Stop

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued a ruling that says police can pull someone  over for a DUI stop even if the driver drifts only slightly out  of his/her lane.

The case dates back to 2008, when a Will County Sheriff's deputy saw Dennis Hackett twice move his car from the left lane "slightly" into the right lane.

The deputy pulled over Hackett and arrested him on drunken driving charges.

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Needed City Approval to refinance
8:58 am
Mon July 9, 2012

College Will Save on Bonds

Bowers Residence Hall

Monmouth College will save significant interest payments by taking advantage of low interest rates. It will refinance a bond issue. The college used a portion of the city's bonding authority to pay for construction of Bowers Residence Hall

The $6 million building was completed in 2001.

City Administrator Eric Hanson says the city had to approve the change before the bond counsel could move forward.

He says, “It dramatically reduces their interest rate over several years ago. But it doesn't really have any ramifications for the city.”

Police Chief Hiring Process Underway
9:00 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Interest in Burlington Property

There appears to be some interest in a large piece of real estate in Burlington.

The city spent about $5-million to tear down homes and relocate residents from a roughly 28-acre site known locally as “The Manor.” 

It is located near the intersection of Highway 34 and Highway 61.

The idea behind the project was commercial development, but a potential developer from Minnesota backed away.

The result is that the property has sat vacant for about four years.

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Donnellson Facility Prompted Change
6:00 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Lee County Creates Notification Policy

Lee County wants to make sure its residents are informed of new large-scale farming operations.

The Iowa DNR requires Lee County publish a public notice in a confinement with more than 2,500 hogs is being built within the county.

If a confinement has fewer than 2,500 hogs, the county simply accepts its Manure Management plan and takes no other action.

The Board of Supervisors is changing that process.

Chairperson Janet Fife-LaFrenz says the county will still accept the plan.

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Largest Deficit in US
2:51 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Illinois Pension Debt Hurts Other State Services

15% of the state budget in Illinois this year is going toward pensions.  That means there's less to spend on other needs.
                                              
The gap between what has Illinois promised employees they will get when they retire and what the state has set aside to pay those pensions is $83 billion.  State government would have to completely shut down for two-and-a-half years, and use all of that operating budget money on pensions, to pay off that debt.
 

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