Macomb, Il – Grants to help recycling will go to two operations in the western Illinois region. Disposal Pro of Carthage will receive $50,000 to extend recycling into rural areas of Hancock County. Owner Barry Cozart says the money will also allow the firm to hire and retain local workers. The Tri-County Resource and Waste Management Council will receive $63,000 to create an electronic waste collection recycling facility in Macomb. It will collect computers, televisions and other items from at least seven western Illinois counties.
Carthage, IL – The Extension Service in Hancock County has been without a Community Economic Development Educator since January. Deb Pflasterer with the Extension Service says a search committee is looking for someone who can work with businesses and local governments. It also wants someone who can cooperate with other development staffers in the county. She says the county position should complement the work of others and there should be no overlap. Four candidates are scheduled to be interviewed Monday. Pflasterer says a choice could be announced by mid-month.
Galesburg, IL – When the U.S. Senate returns from its August recess, it will be asked to approve the appointment of John Roberts to the Supreme Court. The debate could become heated, though that's nothing new. Knox College political science professor Lane Sunderland says there were numerous battles over nominees during the 19th century. But he believes the most contentious hearings happened during the 20th century, including those for Louis Brandeis, Robert Bork, and Clarence Thomas. Sunderland is an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Constitution.
Macomb, IL – Congressman Lane Evans believes workers and farmers in his district will be hurt by the president's decision to sign the CAFTA bill into law. The Central American Free Trade Agreement is similar to NAFTA. Supporters say it will open international trade by leveling the playing field for exporters. Democratic Congressman Evans says that like NAFTA, CAFTA will cost American workers jobs. He does not believe the bill will strengthen young democracies in Central America. He does believe American farmers will be hurt because of unfair foreign subsidies on foreign goods.
Fort Madison, IA – A new line of communication appears to have opened in the recent war of words between elected leaders in Lee County. The Board of Supervisors used its public workshop to discuss a few budget cutting efforts with the county's five other elected leaders. The coalition has objected to the board cutting the workweek for some workers, increasing insurance costs for others, and limiting the spending authority the elected leaders currently have. Both sides say the meeting was a good first step.