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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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City to Hire Engineering Firm
7:19 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Residents Want Bridge to be Priority

Burlington continues to wait for information in regards to the future of Cascade Bridge, which has been closed to vehicular traffic for several years.

The city was ready to start building a new roughly $4-million bridge months ago.  The project was delayed, though, to allow for a new study to be done to determine if the roughly 120-year-old bridge could be repaired or if replacement is required.

The recommendation for the new study came from the State Historic Preservation Office and was supported by several local preservation groups.

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Garages to be Slightly Larger
6:44 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Keokuk Board Approves Changes

The Keokuk Board of Adjustment has signed off on a couple of small changes to the design plans for several garages that will be built behind the former Eagles building.

The property is being re-developed for commercial and residential use.  There will be four high-end, upper-story apartments, which require the construction of the garages.

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Cass Communications Hired
5:34 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Rushville Will Make Central Park a Hot Spot

Central Park in Rushville (photo from city-data.com)

The old will meet the new in downtown Rushville when wireless Internet service is installed for Central Park.

“I'm not saying Rushville will be overrun by people needing that service, but it is a convenience and it's another element to attract people downtown,” said Mayor Scott Thompson.

Thompson said the service will be installed by Cass Communications, probably next month. The city has a one-year contract with the company, which will be paid just $150 per month.

“For all intents and purposes, we're their beta site,” Thompson said. “This is a first for them.”

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