WIUM Local
3:09 am
Mon October 9, 2006

Candidate Says Alternative Fuel Investment Needed

Quincy, IL – One local legislative candidate says the state should be doing more to invest in West Central Illinois. Kelly Street says that could include infrastructure or education, especially job-specific training for employees in advanced fields. The Scott County democrat says the biggest impact could be seen if Illinois does more to promote biodiesel and ethanol production with the 93rd district. Street believes an expanded use of tax incentives and abatements would entice more development in West Central Illinois.

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WIUM Local
6:13 am
Sat October 7, 2006

Reforming Campaign Financing in Illinois

Macomb, IL – A political activist believes Illinois lawmakers are paying more attention to campaign finance issues, yet it's still difficult to bring about change. Illinois Campaign for Political Reform Director Cindi Canary says the ethics measure passed in 2003 was a good start because it tightened the gift ban act and provided for greater disclosure and improved reporting. But she says there is clearly room for a lot more improvement. There is no contribution limit in the state, which means those with large amounts of money can gain access and influence.

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WIUM Local
11:57 am
Fri October 6, 2006

SRC Adopts Budget

Canton, IL – Spoon River College has adopted an almost $15 million budget for the current year. Spokeswoman Anna Buehrer says the spending plan is about %550,000 more than the previous budget. She says the main increases are for contracts in place, expected salary payments and expected utility rate increases. The budget does not include money for work on the building the college purchased that will be the eventual main Macomb campus. She says that will come in the following two years. The college is still negotiating with faculty and staff unions.

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WIUM Local
10:07 am
Fri October 6, 2006

Keokuk Counters Police Contract Offer

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk has made its counter-proposal to the bargaining unit representing members of the police department. Finance committee chairman, Doug Matlick, says the city's initial offer is a 1.5% pay hike for the upcoming fiscal year. The bargaining unit is seeking a 4.5% increase for its members. The 07/08 fiscal year is the final year of the 3 year contract between the city and its police offices. As per the contract, the only issue that must be dealt with is wages. Earlier this year, an arbitrator awarded the bargaining unit a 4.5% pay hike for this fiscal year.

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WIUM Local
5:00 am
Fri October 6, 2006

Ervin Installed as City Clerk

Rushville, IL – Rushville aldermen have installed Stacey Ervin as City Clerk while making provisions to get her some help if needed. Mayor Ron Shepherd says aldermen approved a special appropriation of up to $12,000 for consulting fees with former clerk Rebecca Koch. Shepherd says Ervin has worked as a deputy clerk previously, and has a good idea of the tasks involved. He says Former clerk Rebecca Koch has taken a job with a consulting firm in Beardstown.

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WIUM Local
12:52 am
Fri October 6, 2006

Keokuk Wants To Know Stoplight Impact

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk wants to know the impact its Main Street traffic signals are having on the city's downtown district. The first 13 Main Street intersections, from 2nd to 14th streets, have traffic signals. For years, the city council has went round and round as to whether they are all needed. Alderman Gary Stepp says the time has come to conduct a study by turning off 1/2 of them and seeing what happens. He says the study will likely take place this spring. He says it would focus on areas such as accidents, traffic flow, pedestrian travel, and retail sales.

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Emphasis
11:44 am
Thu October 5, 2006

Emphasis

October 5, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to Diane Mayfield, who is Director of Victim Services for the Western Illinois Regional Council, about Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

WIUM Local
10:00 am
Thu October 5, 2006

Candidate Calls for Special Session

Quincy, IL – A local legislative candidate says Illinois lawmakers must address the proposed statewide electric rate hike. Democrat Kelly Street says lawmakers should return to Springfield before the rate increase kicks in January 1. Street, who is running for State Representative in District 93, says it is too difficult for residents on fixed incomes to deal with an increase that could be as high as 55%. While there may not be an easy solution to the issue, Street says lowering the impact, by asking residents to finance the proposed hike, is not an answer.

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6:07 am
Thu October 5, 2006

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