Lee County, IA – Lee County voters have few choices on Tuesday when they vote to fill seats on the school boards of the three public school districts. Of the 8 seats open throughout the county, six feature uncontested contests. That includes 3 on the Fort Madison School Board, 2 on the Keokuk School Board, and 1 on the Central Lee School Board. There are two other contested races for seats on the Central Lee School Board. The polls close at 8pm on Tuesday.
Candidates: Fort Madison (3 seats) Dan Davis Judy Gerdes Donald Ward
Bath, IL – Saturday's "Redneck Fishing Contest" in Bath will be an attempt to reduce the number of Asian Carp in that stretch of the Illinois River. Organizer Betty DeFord says the carp jump out of the water when a boat passes, sometimes injuring fishermen. No rods or reels will be allowed. Contestants must catch the carp in a dip net, and they're forbidden from releasing any back into the river. The winner will be whoever catches the greatest nubmer. The afternoon contest follows a regular fishing contest Saturday morning.
Canton, IL – Retiring Fulton County Clerk Randy Rumler says changes in election procedures are the major change he's seen in 23 years in office. Rumler says technology changes have made it easier for a voter to be sure that he or she is casting the ballot desired. Rumler says the machines can catch overvoting, which prevents a ballot from being thrown out for errors. However, he's insistent that machines should have a paper trail that can be checked in case of questions.
Fort Madison, IA – The workweek for Lee County's union workforce should officially return to normal. The Lee County Board of Supervisors voted to cut the workweek for union workers by one hour to try to save the county money. That led to three prohibitive practice complaints being filed against the county. Union representative Randy Schultz says an agreement has been reached to restore the one hour to the workweek. He says the unions negotiated their current multi-year deal in good faith under the assumption that the workweek would remain the same.
Rushville, IL – Rushville aldermen have approved the second reading of a mandatory trash collection ordinance. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the individual house rate will be about $12 ... which is about $2 less than the current fee. He says exemptions will be available for senior citizens who generate little trash and who are living on a fixed income. He says one of the goals of the program is to eliminate the burning of trash in barrels throughout the town. The council must approve it one more time for the ordinance to take effect.