TSPR Local

Seeking New Facility
4:38 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Donnellson Public Library Raising Money

One southeast Iowa library is taking a different approach to its proposed expansion.

Most fundraising efforts identify a building design and the amount of money needed.

After that, the donations start to come in for the project.

Director Brenda Knox says the Donnellson Public Library is reversing that process.

“We are going to let our fundraising drive determine the design of the building,” says Knox.  “We have some great ideas, but we want to make sure we can raise enough money for the kind of building that we need.”

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Alcohol, Contracts, Body Armor, Sidewalks
4:10 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Around The Region

Keokuk

The Keokuk City Council has created an application for special events with alcohol.

The form is designed to help city staff keep up with requests.

It requires information such as date, time, location and estimated attendance.

The city council approved its first application shortly after creating the document.

It was on behalf of the annual Rollin on the River blues festival in Victory Park.

 

Keokuk

The Keokuk City Council has created a union negotiating committee.

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Stable land prices
3:21 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Expert Says Farm Land Prices Should Remain Stable

Consultant David Johnston

The sale of prime farm land in west-central Illinois usually brings more than $10,000 per acre.

A consultant and former WIU faculty member said that trend is likely to continue.

David Johnston said the prices for farm land are not a “bubble.” He said the prices are based on solid fundamentals.

He said low interest rates are having a limited effect.

Johnston said, “The buyers in this market are primarily cash buyers. So interest rates are irrelevant to a totally cash buyer as far as borrowing funds whatsoever.”

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Illinois House Proposal
11:25 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Bill to Prevent Diabetics from Driving Buses

A proposal in the Illinois legislature  would prevent people with certain types of diabetes from driving  a school bus.

Studies  have shown that people with insulin-controlled  diabetes tend to get  into more crashes than other drivers. If  a person's blood sugar gets too  low, he or she can lose consciousness.

Such people are already barred from driving semi-trailers.

Representative Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville) wants to take the existing restrictions on getting a  Commercial Drivers' License (CDL) and apply them to school bus drivers.

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Debt Restructure
8:48 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Sullivan Seeks to Refinance State Debt

State Sen. John Sullivan

State Senator John Sullivan plans to try again to get approval of his plan to refinance the state's massive backlog of bills.

The Rushville Democrat said the state must pay its vendors in a timely manner.  He said it also has a duty to reduce its debt.

He said, “I'm working with my colleagues, talking to them about, at least, if we can't do the full amount let's look at something less that makes sense.”

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