West Burlington, IA – Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge says the goal of the Chet Culver administration has been to provide access to voluntary preschool for every 4-year-old in Iowa. She says, at this point, about 90% of the school districts in Iowa have received state funding to develop such programs.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen gave final approval to a hefty hike in the city's water rates. The plan is upsetting some people who live outside city limits.
The rate paid by all water customers will rise 20% on May 1. Customers outside the city - such as residents of the Meadowbrook and Georgetown subdivisions - will also have 20% added to the surcharge they pay.
Macomb, IL – The Western Illinois University Ag Mech Club marked a milestone this year. It celebrated the 40th anniversary of its annual Farm Expo.
Ed Breece was an instructor at WIU when he came up with the idea for the show. He says it was created for students to display the latest in farm technology while also giving them an opportunity to meet prospective employers.
Burlington, IA – Superintendent Lee Morrison says the deficit could be anywhere from $2.7-million-$3.3-million. He says the final number will be determined by what lawmakers do over the next few weeks in Des Moines.
Morrison says the district will raise property taxes to cover about 1/3 of the shortfall. He says another $1.7-million needs to be cut from next year's spending plan.