Macomb, IL – Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate peace and prosperity, but was it always that way?
Assistant Professor of History at Western Illinois, Tim Roberts, specializes in early American history. He says early American Presidents proclaimed days of fasting during November. Those days originated during the Revolutionary War.
"Ministers and local politicians would pray for victory and peace in the war," says Roberts. "And in those days it carried on after the war into the republic."
Lee County, IA – The Lee County Board of Supervisors approved the policy several weeks ago. The panel based its document on a plan approved by the Blackhawk County Board of Supervisors, with a few changes.
The competitive bid policy establishes when bids or quotes are needed and how many to secure. Purchases under $1,000 are not affected.
Several department heads expressed concerns about waiting for bids for emergency repairs under $10,000. Sheriff Buck Jones, for example, says a light-bar for a squad car only comes from one company and costs several thousand dollars.
Macomb, IL – It's nearly 2010, and that means it's time for another round of U.S. Census workers to go door to door to get public information.
That means the Census Bureau is once again seeking tens of thousands of workers across the country to fill temporary positions, several thousand of which are being sought in Illinois. Applicants are asked to apply and take a timed basic skills test to determine if they're suited for the job.
The sites provide a wealth of information. But (especially in the case of Huffington Post) much of the information comes from other news sources. There are few reporters on staff to generate the content.