Monmouth, IL – Now that the State of Illinois has approved a historic district for Monmouth, the town will try to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Linda Lee Blaine of the Western Illinois Economic Development Partnership says the attempt is designed to spur downtown redevelopment. The Courthouse Commercial District includes 72 buildings located within two blocks fo the square. Blaine says if the National Park Service lists the district, building owners could be eligible for up to a 20 percent tax credit if they remodel following historic preservation guidelines.
Keokuk, IA – Southeast Iowa businesses could have more access to low interest loans for improvements and expansions. The Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission has been operating 2 regional revolving loan funds in Lee, Des Moines, Henry, and Louisa counties for more than 10 years. Executive Director Brian Tapp says the 2 funds total about $1,700,000, though that money has all been loaned out to local businesses. He says the regional planning commission will apply for $600,000 more from the federal government for a 3rd regional fund.
Rushville, IL – The Rushville Rotary Club will help restock the library of an elementary school that was destroyed by Hurricane Rita. Club Vice President Walt Stephenson says half of the 14 schools in Vermillion Parish west of New Orleans were destroyed. Stephenson says the state will replace buildings and textbooks, but library collections are far down on the priority list of goods to be purchased. He says the club contacted Rotarians in the region who put him in touch with the Seventh Ward school in Abbeville.