Rushville, IL – Congressman Ray LaHood (R-Peoria) was in Rushville to announce an $800,000 grant to upgrade and refurbish the downtown square. LaHood says the money, to be partially matched with city funds, will cover work on streets, sidewalks, and a re-laying of the brick streets that surround the park. Rushville Mayor Ron Shepherd says the city also plans to upgrade sidewalks and street lighting. He says they will also replace some of the water and sewer lines during construction. Shepherd says a city committee is working on how to come up with the $400,000 or more of the city's share.
Macomb, IL – Township clean-ups in western Illinois are gaining an extra benefit -- paint and electronics recycling. The Emmet Township cleanup over the weekend filled about 4 large dumpsters with everything from windows to lawn furniture. Tri-County Resource and Waste Management Council Director Chad Bratz says paint and electronics were set aside to be kept from the landfill. He says his organization has segregated about 16 tons of electronics to be taken to Peoria for recycling. The agency is also preparing to recycle latex paint for sale.
Macomb, IL – Two Macomb fire fighters have returned from volunteering during the Hurricane Katrina cleanup. Dan Myers and Ryan Hotz spent 30 days working with FEMA. Most of the time was spent setting up disaster relief centers which were then staffed by others. Hotz's strongest memory of the damage was seeing the barge for the President Casino blown a mile and a half from its moorings. For Myers, it was the miles of devastated coastline with leafless trees. The pair spent most of their time in Southern Mississippi.
Keokuk, IA – A new chief of police has been named in the city of Keokuk. The Keokuk City Council voted unanimously, Thursday night, to elevate Assistant Chief Tom Crew to the post. Mayor Pro-Tem Susan Dunek says Crew was the best choice for the job. The Keokuk Police Department's website shows that Crew has been on the force for nearly 20 years. He served for several years as the unit commander of the Lee County Narcotics Task Force and is a 2005 graduate of the FBI National Academy.