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Avoids prosecution on more serious charges
5:12 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Watson Pleads Guilty to Official Misconduct

A former Macomb High School teacher and coach is headed to jail.

Daniel Watson has pleaded guilty to a charge of official misconduct for having inappropriate communication with a student who was 17 years old at the time. The two exchanged over 6,000 texts over a three-month period.

Watson was originally charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and two counts of official misconduct. With the plea he avoids the possibility of becoming a registered sex offender.

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He says repeal would benefit Illinois
10:48 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Schock Says Provision Prevents Medicaid Reform

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-18, IL) at Macomb High School

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock (R-18) says a provision of the Affordable Care Act prevents Illinois from enacting serious Medicaid reform. That provision prevents states from reducing benefits or tightening requirements to qualify for Medicaid.

The House has passed a measure to repeal that provision.

Schock says, “They (federal government) have Illinois trapped right now in a situation where they can't reduce their budget deficit, reduce their spending.”

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Big Issues Remain Unresolved
3:35 pm
Sun May 13, 2012

Crunch Time for Illinois Lawmakers

The Illinois Capitol building

Illinois lawmakers are heading into the home stretch of their 2012 session. But they still need to approve a budget before they can adjourn.

They've been working for months to try figuring out how  they can cut two of the state's biggest expenses:  pensions  and Medicaid.

Some lawmakers are not pleased with the pace.

"Well, why would you be concerned? We've got two and a half weeks left.  We've got all the time in the world to fix our problems here in the state of Illinois,” remarked Representative Joe Lyons (D-Chicago).

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$4 million project on U.S. 67 north of Macomb
3:55 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Bridge Replacement to Begin

U.S. 67 bridge slated for replacement

The first of two bridges north of Macomb on U.S. 67 will be replaced this construction season. They're located one mile south of the intersection with Highway 9.

Crews will begin the $4 million project May 14th.

Bill Lewis is the construction field engineer for the project. County Contractors, Inc. of Quincy will do the work.

He says, “The schedule's pretty tight for them to get that first structure done this year. So they'll jump into that right away.”

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Swanson served 14 years on the board
3:36 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Annual Tree Planting Honors Former Tree Board Member

Former Tree Board Chairman Randy Powelll and newly-planted oak tree

The oak tree planted in Macomb's Chandler Park this year has a plaque at its base. The plaque honors the late Bob Swanson.

Swanson was a nurseryman who grew his beyond his profession into volunteering to  plant trees in Macomb.

He was one of the original members of the city's Tree Board 20 years ago.

Former Mayor Tom Carper appointed him at that time.

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