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.
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.
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.
Macomb, IL – Around 1,000 people gathered in Macomb for an evening of music and speeches. The event was not a concert or a political rally. Rather, they gathered to "Take Back The Night." The rally is designed to increase awareness of sexual violence and to seek an end to such crimes. It's also held to remember and honor victims and survivors. This was the 16th annual "Take Back The Night" rally in Macomb. This year's rally began outside Sherman Hall on the W.I.U. campus before the crowd marched to the McDonough County courthouse.
Macomb, IL – An activist believes a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision is another example of the growing power of corporations in America. He says grassroots organizing is needed to challenge that power. At issue is the Kelo decision, in which justices ruled that a private company can take private land, much as governments can through eminent domain. The private company's action is supposed to result in some public good, such as job creation. But Greg Coleridge says this is simply another example of how governments have become arms of corporations.