Macomb, IL – Somehow, U.S. society has sanitized Dr. Martin Luther King, just as it's become controversial, even anti-American, to disagree with authority. In all of the comments surely expressed about King on the annual celebration of his birth date this week, his legacy mostly was depicted to be as safe and smooth as his actual life was untidy and rough. People of power and wealth have become accustomed - and Americans have become comfortable - in diluting his life and message until its reduced to four words: "I have a dream."
Carthage, IL – A project ten years in the making so far could take another ten years to complete. In order to finance the Carthage Community Trail project, the city's interim community development director says it will likely be split into several more phases.
Charlie Bair says the Park District, which is in heading up the project, recently got a $90,710 grant from the state to finance the first two phases of the project, which is when the consulting and design work would be done.
Burlington, IA – Des Moines County's former mental health care facility has fallen into disrepair over the years. The property was closed about three years ago.
Des Moines County is considering partnering with Geode RC&D to try to find a new use for the Washington Road facility. The non-profit organization works on rural economic development issues in Lee, Des Moines, Henry, Washington, and Louisa Counties.
Macomb, IL – US Senator Barack Obama of Illinois officially became President Barack Obama one year ago (January 20, 2009). Since then, there have been some highs and lows for the president.
Obama gave himself a B+ for his performance the past 12 months. But Keith Boeckelman of the Political Science Department at Western Illinois University says that's a bit high. He believes Obama has earned a B.