Macomb, IL – Macomb schools are getting help from a federal grant program to improve technology across the district.
The Enhancing Education Through Technology, or E2T2 program, will make $295,000 available to the district this year. So far, Superintendent Alene Reuschel says 175 netbook computers have been purchased. They'll be distributed to students and teachers across all grade levels.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk appears to be in the running for an industry that could create several thousand new jobs.
Representatives of WTF Asia International attended this week's Chamber of Commerce sponsored RAP Breakfast. C-E-O Patrick Hayes told the crowd of more than 75 people that his firm is considering Keokuk as the site of a new manufacturing center that could create 2000-3000 new jobs.
West Burlington, IA – Southeastern Community College is looking to expand its offerings. The move comes at a time when the college is facing a significant cut in funding.
President Beverly Simone says the college is considering cosmetology, animation technology, and helicopter pilot training as new two-year degree programs. She says the cosmetology and helicopter pilot training programs are being targeted because SCC was contacted by businesses interested in partnering with the school.
Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Board has adopted an unbalanced budget for next year.
Board finance committee chair Alice Henry says she does not foresee any additional income next year, and the county has some more expenses due in part to increased contributions to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund -- a problem she says is common statewide.
Sales tax revenues are also down about 10 percent compared to this time last year.