Nauvoo, IL – After a 29 year run, the show "The City of Joseph" is being replaced this summer in Nauvoo. Just like "The City of Joseph," the new piece also takes audience members back in time to the middle of the 19th century. In addition, it celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Smith, who founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The new show is called "The Nauvoo Pageant." It features a core group of professional actors supported by a cast of 600 volunteers. The show contains original compositions and arrangements of traditional hymns.
Dallas City, IL – Illinois' commercial fishermen have formed a committee to try changing rules at the state's Department of Natural Resources. Member Henry "Doc" Rockhold says right now, commercial fisheries work under the same "points per violation" system as sport fishermen. He says fishermen who accumulate a certain number of points can have their license suspended. Rockhold says commercial fishermen would prefer to pay fines for lesser infractions, just like automobile drivers do. Rockhold says putting people out of work is not the way to deal with violations.
Keokuk, IA – The effort to equalize Iowa's electric rates is moving forward. The Iowa Utilities Board has received a filing from Interstate Light and Power company, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy. The filing would begin the rate equalization process. Alliant spokesman Ryan Stensland says the first step in a five-year equalization plan will increase some rates and decrease others. He says residents will not notice changes before February. Residents in the zone including Lee County will see an average monthly decrease of $1.51. Residents in other zones will see a power rate increase.
Abingdon, IL – Abingdon students have been monitoring wind speeds at their school since last fall to see if they could install an effictive wind turbine. Now physics teacher Phil Willis says they're filing for a grant to see what it would take to form their own wind cooperative. He says the idea of a turbine just for their school has grown to a wind farm that could help cut the bills of several schools. He says students are analyzing power needs at 10 neighboring schools to see if turbines could offset most of the power needs.
Sp[ringfield, IL – Film makers across the country are being asked to submit ideas for a major production on Abraham Lincoln. The film is to coincide with the bi-centennial of his birth. The final product is expected in about four years. The goal is a documentary that would be shown on PBS. Proposals have been sought. Project directors plan to have selected one of them by the end of this year.