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Borrowing $450,000
9:24 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Des Moines County to Help E-911 Board

The Des Moines County Board of Supervisors

Des Moines County is being asked to borrow $450,000 on behalf of the county’s E-911 Board.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Tom Broeker says the agency still owes money to a local bank for some computer equipment purchased years ago.

Broeker says a recent state audit revealed that Des Moines County’s E-911 Board should not be carrying any debt.  He says that means the agency cannot renew the loan, which must take place within the next few months.

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Restructuring Elementary Schools
8:51 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Keokuk Shows Off School Addition

The Keokuk School District is showing off its recent addition to Hawthorne Elementary School.

The expansion includes six full-size classrooms, two half-size classrooms, and some additional square footage within the library.

Superintendent Lora Wolff says the addition will allow the district to restructure its elementary schools.  She says, next year, K-3 students will attend Hawthorne while 4-5 graders will go to George Washington Elementary.

Wolff says this will balance out class sizes and allow the district to close Wells Carey Elementary.

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Military Funeral Honors Program
7:13 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

WIU Student Honors Those Who Served

Jordan Maag

Many college students use their time outside the classroom to hang out with friends, play video games, or participate in extracurricular activities. A senior at Western Illinois University devotes a portion of his time to military funerals.

Jordon Maag is a member of the Illinois Army National Guard's 233rd Military Police Unit in Springfield. A couple years ago a friend in the guard suggested he volunteer for the Military Funeral Honors Program.

He found it to be a valuable service.

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Looking for Cost Savings
6:33 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Illinois House Votes to Eliminate Perk for Retirees

The Illinois Capitol building

Longtime state employees in Illinois would no longer be able get free health insurance  when they retire under legislation (SB 1313) approved by the Illinois House on May 9.

The  vote is part of a push to cut pension benefits for government retirees.  The governor, House speaker and other politicians want to save money  by cutting pensions, health care and other costs.

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It will target several downtown buildings
2:02 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Developer Plans $2 Million Project in Monmouth

Six buildings on the southeast corner of Monmouth's town square will receive a $2 million facelift.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa developer Frantz-Hobart will turn the buildings into condominiums and retail space.

City Administrator Eric Hanson calls it “the biggest development project” in the downtown area in decades. He says it advances the city's vision for the downtown area.

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