Macomb, IL – Illinois State Police say cell phones are helping them catch drunk drivers. District 14 Sergeant Mike Inman says the agency is receiving an increasing number of calls from motorists with information about others who might be driving while impaired. Inman says anyone who spots erratic driving should dial 911 or contact the nearest law enforcement agency. Inman says motorists should not chase down someone who might be driving while drunk. He suggests pulling over and making the cell phone call.
Macomb, IL – Macomb and its insurance company will not pay for the damage caused to a home by a blocked sewer. Larry and Melanie Rawlins told the city council that raw sewage filled all the rooms on their home's lowest floor in late September. They say the smell permeated all three floors. Larry Rawlins says it cost more than $7,100 to clean up the mess and he thinks the city should pay the bill. But the insurance claim was denied. The city says it had no prior knowledge of the blocked sewer and thus has no liability.
Keokuk, IA – The mayor of Keokuk says 2006 could be a year of progress and expansion for his city. 2005 was a mized bag for the city of Keokuk. Residents saw the completion of 7 more blocks of Main Street, a new community foundation and cultural district, and several new business developments. Keokuk's citizens also experienced difficulties due to budget cuts, job loss, and business closures. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the efforts from the entire community in 2005 could result in a banner year for Keokuk in 2006. He has many goals for Keokuk next year.
Cuba, IL – The school superintendent who created the "Green" high school building for the Cuba, Ill. school district will retire at the end of the year. Janice Spears used about $2.7 million in local funds and several grants to build an energy-efficient high school that generates some of its own electricy from solar panels. Spears says the building has been a healthier structure and one which has made its occupants more comfortable. In addition, it has atrimmed utility costs. The old building was responsible for about 70 percent of the district's utility bill.
Carthage, IL – The Hancock County Board will appoint a coordinator for the county's ambulance service. It will also hire a half-time billing clerk and levy the full 10 cents per hundred dollars allowed by voters several years ago. Health and Miscellaneous Committee Chairman Kenneth Nudd says the coordinator will work with First Responder units at LaHarpe, Warsaw, Hamilton and near Plymouth to insure they have trained volunteers and that equipment meets standards. Nudd says the county plans to evaluate what it's done after two years to see what changes are needed.