Hamilton, IL – The Illinois Department of Transporation may make changes to a tricky stretch of Highway 136 between Keokuk and Hamilton. Hamilton Mayor Steve Woodruff says a DOT representative told the city that the agency would look into the how a merge lane just before the southeast entrance to Hamilton is labeled. He says the need for an improvement is apparant. Woodruff says the state has discussed painting arrows on the road, setting up larger signs, or even moving the merge lane.
Macomb, IL – The world's largest retailer is giving up its battle against a small western Illinois town. Wal-Mart is voluntarily withdrawing its lawsuit against Macomb. The retailer filed the suit in an attempt to have a liquor license created for its store on East Jackson Street. The battle began nearly two years ago when Macomb aldermen voted against creating the license. The company petitioned the state for a rehearing but was turned down. Wal-Mart then filed its lawsuit about one year ago, saying the city had no good reason to deny its application.
Des Moines, IA – Iowa's governor says the state's new anti-meth legislation is producing positive results. Governor Tom Vilsack says the number of clandestine meth labs found across the state during the last three months is down 75%. That includes a nearly 90% drop in July, according to preliminary reports. Vilsack says the measure allows more law enforcement resources to be used for local security. Iowa's law is considered the toughest in the nation. Keokuk Police Chief RL Dobson says the number of meth labs in Lee County is also down during that time.
Rushville, IL – Rushville's mayor is trying to find specialists for a newly-formed committee. Ron Shepherd says it's hard to find people with expertise in construction, history, finance, or architectural design in a small farming community. He's seeking members for the Rushville Historic Preservation Committee. It will guide those who seek help restoring buildings authentically. It will also evaluate structures and sites in the town to recommend which should be preserved or refurbished.
Macomb, IL – The Western Illinois Museum in Macomb will showcase farm equipment from the late 1800s through the 1930s. It hopes to provide a glimpse into the life of the early 20th century farmer. Museum curator Jennifer Ring Edwards says the exhibit will focus on the life of farmers from the region. In addition, she says some of the equipment on display will be from regional manufacturers. The exhibit, "Down on the Farm," opens next week and will be on display through the end of October.