Keokuk, IA – Keokuk Mayor Dave Gudgel says he has a rare form of cancer. He found out about the diagnosis last week and is now taking medication to battle the disease. Gudgel says he will continue to do his job and he plans to run for reelection in November. Gudgel is serving his second two-year term as mayor. He received 70% of the votes to defeat four other candidates in 2003. Gudgel declined to say what type of cancer he has, but says it was caught in the early stages. Listen to reporter Jason Parrott's interview with Gudgel by clicking on the audio button above.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk's mayor has announced that he has cancer. Dave Gudgel says he found out about the diagnosis last week. He will not name type of cancer, only saying that it is a rare form. Gudgel said he wanted to make the information public so people know what is going on. He says he will stay on as mayor and plans to keep his name on the November ballot for another two-year term. He will be on a regimen of medication.
Keokuk, IA – A coaliton of Lee County's elected leaders says one county supervisor should take personal responsibility for a budgeting mistake and leave office. The group, which includes the county attorney, auditor, recorder, sheriff and treasurer, says recent statements made by Supervisor Bob Woodruff are not true. The coalition says Woodruff should resign because he has failed to live up to his agreements and failed to tell the public the truth. The mistake involves about $400,000 in state aid Lee County did not receive for its Mental Health and Disabilities Fund.
Macomb, IL – The State of Illinois wants the Go West bus system to start charging a fare. State grant money helps support the system. Revenue from fares would allow the state to reduce the amount it needs to spend on it. The proposed fare would be 25-cents in Macomb. For routes outside the city the fare would be one-dollar. Students from Western Illinois University would not be charged a fare because they already pay a fee to support the system. The fare would not be implemented until next summer. The average weekly ridership for Go West is about 36,000 when school is in session.
Augusta, IL – The Village of Augusta is receiving a $74,000 Brownfields grant to assess a partially collapsed downtown building. Board president Sean Eifert says the board has also been told it's been targeted to receive money from a pool of fines paid to the EPA. Eifert says that money would provide what the village now cannot afford -- demolition of the old store building. He says the building collapsed about three years ago, but the owner did not have insurance, so the structure has not been removed.