The Keokuk City Council will play “catch-up” when it comes to some capital projects.
Mayor Tom Marion says the city could not afford to purchase new vehicles or replace some heavy equipment in the current budget.
He says that will not be repeated in the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Marion says the age and condition of Keokuk’s vehicle fleet dictate spending nearly $2-million.
He says the city will try to obtain credit from local banks to pay for the capital expenses.
Plans for a large-scale hog farm in southeast McDonough County are still up in the air.
Shamrock Acres LLC applied for a permit from the Illinois Department of Agriculture nearly 10 months ago.
Last fall's deadline for the department to decide on the permit came and went. The department decided it needed more information from the owner, Larry O'Hern
Caterpillar has ruled Illinois out of plans to relocate a factory and 1,400 jobs from Japan.
The Peoria-based heavy-equipment maker cited both logistical problems and ongoing concerns about the state's business climate.
Caterpillar laid out its decision in an e-mail to leaders in Galesburg and in Peoria County. Those were among fewer than a dozen Illinois locations trying to win the new plant.
Des Moines County’s proposed budget for next year requires another round of cuts.
Chairman Tom Broeker says the Board of Supervisors requested departmental budgets that covered needs but did not include frivolous spending.
He says that is what the panel received, but cuts were still needed.
The Board of Supervisors trimmed the initial departmental requests by more than $500,000.
That includes about $400,000 in the maintenance department and about $110,000 in conservation.
The Galesburg City Council needed a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Sal Garza to complete the sale of two lots on West First St.
Aldermen deadlocked over whether to sell the adjacent properties at 569 and 593 West First to the neighbors - Edgreal and Oletha Wallace of 597 West First - or to St Mary's Square Living Center.
The Wallaces bid $200 for the first lot and $1,000 for the second. St Mary's bid $325 for each with the bid contingent upon receiving both parcels.