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Former Dorm at WIU
5:37 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Wetzel Hall Demolition Ready to Roll

Wetzel Hall this spring
Rich Egger
  • Interview with James Santoro and Ted Renner

Contractors are making final preparations for the implosion of Wetzel Hall at Western Illinois University on Saturday, July 14 at 7:00 am.

They have been going door-to-door in the neighborhoods near the building to talk about what to expect and to review evacuation procedures.

James Santoro of Controlled Demolition, Inc said the implosion might sound like a loud thunderstorm to those near the site when the building comes down. It might sound like a car backfiring to those a bit further away.

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Offers online resource
4:07 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

State Treasurer Wants to Return Unclaimed Property

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford

Illinois' state treasurer is holding more than $1.5 billion in unclaimed property. Treasurer Dan Rutherford says his office is “aggressively” trying to find the owners.

He says, “Each week we add new inventory to the searchable database. And I strongly encourage people to look for both their name, a family member's name.”

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1887 Macomb Home
3:09 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

State Supports Honor for Bailey House

The Old Bailey House
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Ed Basch

The Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council is recommending the Old Bailey House in Macomb be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Macomb Community Development Coordinator Ed Basch said such recognition could help the city earn national historic designation for the entire downtown district.

“The more contributing structures -- as they call them -- and the more distinguished structures that you have in the district, the better off you are for the entire area being designated,” said Basch.

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Macomb's Fix or Flatten Program
3:03 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Aldermen to Decide Fate of Warehouse

121 South Albert
Rich Egger
  • The July 9 Committee of the Whole discussion about Fix or Flatten

A property owner is trying to prevent one of his buildings from being demolished under Macomb's “Fix or Flatten” program for dilapidated structures.

Chad Hunziker, who is a landlord, said he is using the building at 121 South Albert Street as a warehouse to store appliances and other items. He told aldermen the building is not unsafe.

“We're trying to be proactive here and I think we try to work with the city well,” Hunziker said.

But Fourth Ward Alderman Thomas Koch said photos of the building show there are a number of loose bricks.

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Flying Squirrels Prepare for Performances
2:23 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Chicago Troupe Leads Arts Camp

Rehearsal for the "Flying Squirrels" at the WCIAC.

The Core Project Chicago, an interdisciplinary arts company, is leading a week-long arts camp at the West Central Illinois Arts Center in Macomb. The camp is open to youth in grades 7-12. They group is known as the “Flying Squirrels.”

Grace Nessen-Gilligan lives in the Chicago suburbs. She is visiting a friend in Macomb and decided to take part.

She is preparing a script that combines elements from her own life and her talent playing the flute. She is also putting some of the skills she is learning to work in the script.

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