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6:06 am
Wed October 25, 2006

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6:06 am
Tue October 24, 2006

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4:18 am
Tue October 24, 2006

Schuyler-Industry Detachment to McDonough Court

Rushville, IL – The Schuyler-Industry school detachment case has been transferred from Schuyler to McDonough County Circuit Court. The school board had asked there for a decision that would let it hold the detachment hearing in front of the Fulton-Schuyler regional school trustees. However, Judge David Slocum transferred the issue to the McDonough court. Schuyler-Industry Superintendent Matt Plater says the board believes the Hancock-McDonough school superintendent should not have allowed the 15 students to transfer to Macomb schools.

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WIUM Local
3:40 am
Tue October 24, 2006

Freedom Of Information Failing In Illinois

Findlay, IL – An Illinois-based government watchdog group says it's become very difficult for a regular citizen to recieve public records from their local governments. The Better Government Association says roughly 60% percent of recently audited agencies, such as cities, counties, and school districts, failed to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests. Investigator Dan Lombard says most of the entities failed because they did not even acknowledge the fact that John Q. Public was requesting the information. This past summer, the BGA sent out more than 400 FOIA requests.

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WIUM Local
11:21 am
Mon October 23, 2006

Aldermen Listen to Plans for Housing Complex

Macomb, IL – Another new housing complex is being proposed for Macomb, though this time it's not for students. Indiana-based Sterling Development is talking about building up to 48 single-family homes in the 1600 and 1700 blocks of East Pierce and Murray Streets. Sterling would own the homes and operate the complex like a condo association. Residents would eventually have a chance to buy the houses, which would be marketed to moderate income families. Sterling's Kent Heckaman told aldermen Monday night that the company would pay for some infrastructure improvements with its own money.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Mon October 23, 2006

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WIUM Local
4:15 am
Mon October 23, 2006

Different Approach to Clean-Up Problems

Macomb, IL – McDonough County might try a contract approach to cleaning up some of its junkyard areas. Board member Alice Henry returned from a conference with an example of a contract that St. Clair county uses. She says it could allow the county to clean up a blighted area, keep proceeds from the sale of scrap to help pay costs, and make the owner promise not to allow trash to accumulate again. Henry says the contracat is being forwarded to county authorities including the Law and Legal Committee for discussion.

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Afternoon Edition
6:16 am
Fri October 20, 2006

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4:34 am
Fri October 20, 2006

WIU to Receive 20-year Endowment

Macomb, IL – WIU has been notified it will recieve the largest planned gift in its history. Norman and Carmelita Teeter of Memphis, Tennessee will give the university the interest on a $20 million dollar life trust. Then the principal will revert to an educational trust for their descendants. Norman Teeter received his undergrad degree in psychology from WIU. He and his wife treated addictions and later ran treatment centers in Kentucky and Tennessee. The WIU Foundation says when there are no more Teeter descendants, the principal will revert to the university.

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WIUM Local
2:38 am
Fri October 20, 2006

Arrest Made In Redemption Center Fire

Keokuk, IA – An arrest has been made in connection with a fire, last month, in downtown Keokuk. Billy Lee Meyers, 58, of Keokuk has been charged with 2nd degree arson, a class C felony. The charge stems from an investigation into the fire that destroyed one of the Southeast Iowa Redemption Center's buildings on September 28. Court records state that Meyers made several threats to a cellmate, while in the Lee County Jail, that he would burn down the redemption center and get revenge on owner Brian Boyd.

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