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Identification Scan Available
11:36 pm
Sun June 3, 2012

Lee County Offers New Voter Registration

Voters in Iowa will go to the polls on Tuesday, June 5.  They will decide who should move on to the November general election.

Lee County is offering a new option to residents that could make their voting experience much quicker.

The county currently uses a voter registration system known as the Precinct Atlas.  It was developed by the Cerro Gordo County Auditor and is used by dozens of Iowa counties.

The system stores voter information electronically.

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Getting Infrastructure in Order
11:02 pm
Sun June 3, 2012

Fort Madison Looking to Future

Fort Madison is trying to organize and prioritize its future infrastructure needs.

City Manager Byron Smith says the city has not had a capital improvement plan since he arrived in January 2009.  He says city staff has been working on a five-year forecast for the last six months.

Smith says the wide-ranging document will cover a variety of projects, including streets, water lines, sewer projects, vehicles, and large-scale equipment.

The five-year capital improvement plan would include cost estimates and potential revenue sources for the projects.

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Spring Session Ends
11:19 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Illinois Budget Approved; Pension Reform Lingers

The Illinois Capitol building

Illinois lawmakers worked 90 minutes overtime to complete work on the new state budget. But they still have not addressed concerns with the state's pension system.

The Budget

The  Democratic budget imposes cuts throughout state government. But Republicans say the high spending levels mean the temporary income tax increase will have to be made permanent.

Democrats were attacked from within, too.

Democratic Senator Kimberly Lightford railed against what she said is too little money for higher education.

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Senate Gives Thumbs Down
11:12 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Illinois State Parks Funding Plan Fails

Argyle Lake State Park is among the facilities that would have benefited from the funding plan
Rich Egger

A plan to raise funding for the agency that oversees state parks and conservation of wildlife  failed to win approval in the Illinois Senate during the waning hours of the 2012 session.

That agency -- the Department of Natural Resources -- has seen its budget cut in recent years. The DNR said state parks are deteriorating due to the funding decrease and its need for more employees.

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Expected to Begin July 1
10:38 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Fort Madison Proceeding with Rental Inspections

The Fort Madison City Council created the rental property inspection program.

Fort Madison plans to have its new rental property inspection program up and running by July.

City Manager Byron Smith says Fort Madison is finalizing the forms and documents related to the program.  It has already received city council approval.

Smith says letters will soon be sent to the owners of rental properties throughout the city.  He says it will inform them that property registration will get underway in July, with inspections to begin shortly afterwards.

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