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3:14 pm
Fri August 12, 2005

Warren County Developers Sponsor Wind Tour

Monouth, IL – Two Warren County agencies will sponsor a tour of wind power sites later this month. The Western Illinois Economic Development Partnership and Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau are organizing the Aug. 24 trip. They're inviting county board members, zoning board members, and interested citizens to tour the Mendota Hills Wind Farm. A stop is also planned at Bureau Valley High School, where a wind turbine is already operating. Jolene Willis of the economic development partnership says one wind farm is already being planned for northern Warren County, and others are likely.

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WIUM Local
9:18 am
Fri August 12, 2005

Village Might End Cable Service

Versailles, IL – Residents of a west-central Illinois town should find out before the end of next month whether they'll continue to have cable television service. Versailles village board trustee David Hoelscher says Cass Cable TV asked for a new franchise from the village. The old one expired more than 4 1/2 years ago, though cable tv service did continue. However, Hoelscher says the city is giving the company 30 days to come to a franchise agreement or it will tell the company to cease operations in the town. The village asked for a five percent franchise fee.

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WIUM Local
10:42 pm
Thu August 11, 2005

Keokuk Looks To Sell Property

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council will hold a public hearing August 18th to allow residents to weigh in on the sale of part of a city park. The city has been offered more than $360,000 for about 3 acres of Tolmie Park. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the lot must be used for commercial or retail purposes. He says the deal would bring in jobs and make Keokuk more of a destination location. The council has discussed using some of the money to improve the city's parks.

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WIUM Local
4:30 pm
Thu August 11, 2005

Illinois Ag Director Happy with Budget

Good Hope, IL – Illinois Agriculture Director Chuck Hartke believes his department fared well in this year's state budget. The agency will get more than $100 million. Hartke says the budget includes more money for a program to teach children across the state about agriculture. He says most children live in urban areas and thus don't gain much exposure to the agriculture industry, which is directly or indirectly related to one out of every four jobs in the state.

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WIUM Local
2:39 pm
Thu August 11, 2005

WIU Trustee Resigns

Macomb, IL – Bill Edley is stepping down from the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees because he's taken a job with the Illinois Department of Corrections. State employees are not allowed to serve on the board. Edley was named to Western's board late last year. The former state lawmaker was supposed to serve until 2011. It will now be up to the governor to appoint a replacement. No timetable is set for doing so. In his new job, Edley will work with the DoC budget. He will be paid $95,000 per year.

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