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6:56 am
Tue October 18, 2005

Lee County Residents Might Vote On County Seat

Keokuk, IA – Lee County residents might get the chance to weigh in on the future consolidation of county government. Supervisor Joe Kowzan says he wants a question on the November 2006 ballot that asks residents if Lee County should have just one county seat. Lee County is the only county in Iowa with two official seats (Fort Madison and Keokuk). Kowzan says creating one seat might be the best way to help deal with Lee County's budget problems. He says the question would ask voters to give the Board of Supervisors the authority to determine the location of the county seat.

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WIUM Local
7:21 pm
Mon October 17, 2005

Zinga Enters GOP Primary Again

Macomb, IL – Republican Andrea Zinga will make a second try to unseat Congressman Lane Evans (D-IL). Zinga says Evans has been too focused on Washington and has ignored his district in central and western Illinois. Zinga says she will focus on securing jobs and federal projects for the 17th District. Zinga challenged Evans in last year's election. She is one of three announced candidates for the March GOP primary for Congress.

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WIUM Local
12:20 pm
Mon October 17, 2005

Keokuk Signs Off On Floodwall Extension

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk has signed off on a proposal by one of its industries to extend the city floodwall. The city council authorized Keokuk's public works director to jointly sign an application with Roquette America for an Army Corps of Engineers permit. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the permit is needed so the floodwall can be extended to the south. He says the city will have to pay nothing for the extension, and will be liable for nothing.

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WIUM Local
11:01 am
Mon October 17, 2005

County May Get Voting Machine Money

Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Clerk says there might be some federal reimbursement to help pay for the voting machines the county has been leasing since 1999. The machines count paper ballots. Clerk Florine Miller says the county has been paying $28,000 per year for them. She says while the state has set aside $155,000 for the county to pay for handicapped-accessible machines, there seems to be additional money in the fund. Miller says she has applied for the grant.

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WIUM Local
7:46 am
Mon October 17, 2005

Aldermen Approve East Side Signal

Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen approved spending $450,000 for a new traffic light intersection on the city's east side. It will be located at the entrance to Burger King and Wal-Mart. Mayor Mick Wisslead told aldermen the light is needed, and the city has identified some changes that could lower the cost even more. The original bid was almost $492,000, which was well over the city's $383,000 estimate. Wisslead says changes include removing a duplicate traffic signal controller from the specifications, along with using concrete for some lanes instead of the more expensive asphalt.

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