Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss Quincy University's decision to fire three people at its public radio station in order to make the operation "more community-supported." One of the people let go is the news and public affairs director.
The university says it is working on an agreement with WGEM to provide operational and technical support for the station.
Galesburg, IL – The Galesburg School Board has agreed to lay off 77 teachers and support staff, and one administrator in the face of a potential $3.3 million shortfall. The majority of the layoffs were due to the uncertainty of future grant funding. The others were due to uncertain future enrollment figures.
Macomb, IL – Macomb faces a $300,000 deficit in its General Fund next fiscal year if staffing levels remain the same. As a result, cuts are recommended for the Police and Public Works Departments.
In his preliminary budget, City Administrator Dean Torreson recommends three vacant positions in the Public Works Department remain unfilled. He does not want to eliminate them - he just wants to leave them open at this time.
Torreson says each new entry-level hire in the department impacts the budget by an estimated $49,340.
Monmouth, IL – Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent Paul Woehlke says his deficit elimination recommendation late last week shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone. But he offered painful cuts that the board is expected to consider at its meeting this week, when it could take action.