Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University is working to make people aware of the Holocaust collection in its library. It offered a viewing of one of the films in its collection, "Hiding and Seeking." The film follows a Jewish family as it struggles to reclaim a stolen past. In discussion after the film, WIU President Al Goldfarb said the film shows how the Holocaust not only destroyed people's lives, but also their history. The Holocaust Media collection is open to the public. It is housed in the Malpass Library.
Nauvoo, IL – Groups of Hancock County businessmen are beginning a series of county-wide networking meetings. Nauvoo Chamber of Commerce president David Miller says his group is working with counterparts in Hamilton and Carthage for breakfast meetings with a business speaker. Miller says the group plans to address both business and countywide issues. The next meeting will be Oct. 11 at 6:30 a.m. at Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites. Miller says the goal will be to end meetings before 8 a.m. so participants can make it to work on time.
Macomb, IL – W.I.U. kicked off its homecoming weekend by announcing it will bring home a big chunk of change for a much-delayed construction project. It's been several years since Western was told it would get money for renovating Memorial Hall. Now, the state says it will release the $12 million needed to upgrade the electrical and heating systems, remove asbestos, and complete other improvements. A ceremony was held outside the building Friday morning to make the announcement. The state says its tight budget prevented it from releasing the money sooner.
Keokuk, IA – The city of Keokuk will soon begin infrastructure work at the site of a future hotel. The city will build an entrance road, add sewer and water lines, and remove trees from the old Joyce Park, which is the future home of a Hampton Inn Hotel. During yesterday's special meeting, the council awarded the construction contract to Keokuk Contractors, who bid more than $350,000. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the city will not spend its own money on this project. The council held off on awarding the contract until adequate work had begun on the hotel site.