TSPR Local

Series Resumes Feburary 7
6:05 pm
Sat February 4, 2012

Sustainability Brownbaggers at WIU

Timothy Collins

This semester's Sustainability Brownbaggers at Western Illinois University will begin by focusing on food-related issued.

Timothy Collins, Assistant Director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at WIU, helped organize the series. He said the first brownbagger is titled “Local Food Possibilities and Issues.”

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Districts Pro-active
3:33 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Districts Will Make Case for More Transportation Money

West Prairie Supt. Jonathan Heerboth

A West-Central Illinois educator says the state's rural school districts will make a case to state lawmakers to stop cuts in transportation funding.

Governor Pat Quinn cut transportation funding by $89 million in July. The cuts caught school districts by surprise.

Some,  like West Prairie, were able to use transportation funds saved from previous years.

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Negotiations To Follow
9:15 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Keokuk Postpones Public Hearing

Keokuk City Council

The Keokuk City Council needs more information before acting on a rezoning request for a local business.

Saint Louis Gear Company would like to move its operations from Royal Road to the Faith Family Church along Main Street.

President Dan Hodges says his company has outgrown its current plant and he does not want to have to move outside of the city.

“Keokuk is my hometown and I want to continue to try to build jobs in Keokuk,” says Hodges.

The move would require about 5.5 acres of land be rezoned for industrial use.

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Slight Tax Increase
8:04 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Burlington Budget Coming Together

Burlington City Hall

Burlington’s upcoming budget is expected to include money for a popular community attraction.

The city’s current budget does not include any money for Dankwardt Pool.

The former city council felt the pool had reached the point where its condition did not justify further investments.

The only reason the pool opened its doors, last summer, was community support and donations.

Interim City Manager Dan Luttenegger says this city council does not want to repeat last year’s decision on Dankwardt Pool.

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Unresponsive contractor
7:53 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Leaky Roof Leads to Legal Action

Carthage City Hall

Whenever it rains, the Carthage City Hall roof leaks. The leaks have created a headache for the city.

Mayor Jim Nightingale said the city has been unsuccessful getting any response from thec company that did the roof work.

He said, ”They had a five-year warranty and all we're asking for is for them to live up to their warranty. And it's just been a continual run-around with them.”

Nightingale said Indiana-based Five-Star Commercial Roofing was the low bidder for the contract in 2009. The work cost about $14,000.

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