TSPR Local

new alderman
7:16 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Colchester City Council is back to Full Strength

Jason Orris

The Colchester City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Jason Orris as the new first ward alderman.

Orris said his business experience will help advance two big projects facing the city.

He said, ”One of the things that I particularly think, as a residential lender full-time, one of the projects the council was (considering) was improving properties.”

The city will cooperate with the Western Illinois Regional Council to apply for a Community Development Block Grant for home rehabilitation.

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Arrest, Construction, Lawsuit, TIF
10:18 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Around The Region

Keokuk

A 6th person has been arrested as part of a meth-making investigation in Keokuk.

Lindsay Riddle, 26, of 1813 Bank Street has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine near a city park and in the presence of a minor.

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force says she faces up to 35 years in prison.

Authorities discovered items used in the “shake-and-bake” method of meth production while executing a search warrant at Riddle’s residence last month.

 

Fort Madison

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Public Hearing Coming Up
9:47 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Keokuk 2012/2013 Budget Includes Capital

Keokuk City Council

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.

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State Still Waiting for Info
1:37 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Hog Farm Remains in Limbo

Large-scale hog confinement

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

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New Factory to be Built Elsewhere
12:04 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

CAT Turns Back on Illinois

CAT equipment at a City of Galesburg facility
Photo from the City of Galesburg's website

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.

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