Burlington, IA – The field has been narrowed in the race for several open seats on the Burlington City Council. 9 candidates entered the race for the 3 open seats, forcing Tuesday's primary election. The six with the most votes advance to the November 8th general election. Voter turnout was about 13 percent.
Moving On: Mike Edwards (Inc) - 21.0% Tim Scott - 19.7% Chuck Griffin - 12.2% Garry Thomas - 10.4% Chris King (Inc) - 9.7% Richard Eckhardt - 8.8%
Fort Madison, IA – The chairman of the Lee County Board of Supervisors is trying to raise public support for combining two county offices. Rick Larkin wants residents to vote on whether the Treasurer's office and the Recorder's office should be combined. He has started circulating a petition that calls for the question to be placed on the ballot in November 2006. Larkin says the recent announcement that Treasurer Mary Hoenig will retire at the end of the year makes this the right time to push for a consolidation.
Colchester, IL – A water cooperative in western Illinois has about half of the pipeline easements needed to begin its service. West Prairie Rural Water Coperative Secretary James Taylor says the easements are required before state and federal agencies will release loans and grants. Taylor says the co-op is trying for a one-million dollar grat from the USDA's Rural Development agency. It's also seeking a $700,000 loan from the agency, along with a $400,000 Illinois Community Development Assistance Program loan.
Macomb, IL – Macomb wants to put another traffic light intersection on its busy east side, but the project has encountered a stop sign. The low bid is 28% higher than what the city estimated. Mayor Mick Wisslead says city staff and engineers will spend this week reviewing options. They could include rebidding the project, which calls creating for a traffic light intersection on Route 136 where Burger King and Wal-Mart are located. Wisslead hopes a recommendation will be ready for aldermen next week.
Carthage, IL – Hancock County's new economic development educator is refining the tools he'll be able to use. Charles Bair says the State of Illinois is not allowing new enterprize zones at this time. However, the Tax Increment Financing, or TIF District, does offer possibilities. Bair says planners would have to show that the district is needed to bring business to a depressed area. However, he says with the current Hancock County economy, it should be possible for parts of several municipalities in the county to quallify for the TIF Districts.