Macomb, IL – A special four-member county board committee will go over the 150 forms filed by people who did not receive their owner-occupied property tax exemptions this year. Chairman Glen Foster says the group will recommend to the county board the ones it deems valid. Board members have expressed a desire to get the exemptions granted. However, State's Attorney James Hoyle has told board members they should not issue either refunds or a tax credit. He said that would invite lawsuits by taxing bodies, who have already received their tax money from the 2005 year.
Macomb, IL – Macomb's community development coordinator is resigning, but not without first sharing a few choice words. In his resignation letter, Bob Mahrt says he found himself increasingly unable to carry out assigned duties within the current work environment. Mahrt also says that prior to his appointment, he was not made fully aware of the significant organizational flaws that would completely stifle a public employee's ability to provide professional services to a municipal government.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County budget workers are trying to end this year in the black ... and plan for a better end-of-year balance for the next fiscal year. Chairwoman Alice Henry says they hope to end this year with a balance of up to $300,000, about what was expected. She says some budgeted spending will probably not take place. Next year's budget calls for about $4.1 million in general fund spending. That's about $200,000 more than this year's budget calls for. The county expects slightly more property tax income next year due to new construction.
Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Sheriff's Department will get help from other agencies as it looks into the death of a young girl who lived near Industry. Sheriff Mike Johnson says a Macomb Police Department detective and Illinois State Police investigators will work on the case with members of his own department. An autopsy shows five-year old Silven Yocum died from blunt force trauma to the back of the head. In addition, she suffered from fractured bones, internal injuries, and bruises. She was taken to McDonough District Hospital more than one week ago.
Burlington, IA – The close race for the final seat on the Burlington School Board has been decided. Incumbent Linda Garwood has claimed a 1 vote victory. Garwood was tied with newcomer, Tami Kramer, following Tuesday's school board elections. Des Moines County Elections Coordinator, Terri Johnson, says one ballot did not register Tuesday night, so it was added to Garwood's total during the official vote canvassing. If the vote had remained tied, after the canvassing, the board of supervisors would have drawn a name out of an hat.
Fort Madison, IA – Dozens of jobs are going to remain in Lee County, instead of being moved to Southeast Missouri. California -based Gleason Corporation recently announced plans to close its Fort Madison plant and consolidate operations into its plant in Caruthersville. After several weeks of negotiations, plans have changed. The plant in southeast Missouri will now close and Fort Madison's plant will remain open. Lee County Economic Development Director, Lowell Junkins says 90 jobs will be retained and another 40-50 will be created, through the consolidation of the plants.
Carthage, IL – The Carthage City Council might line up help for a local group trying for a bike path around the city's lake. Mayor James Nightingale says he will meet with the city's engineers within the next couple of weeks to see if they would survey and stake out a one-mile loop around the lake. He says aldermen will also be asked to join with township respresentatives to see if crews could clear out some of the brush along the proposed route.
September 14, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to Western Illinois Museum Assistant Keel Clemmons and Museum Board Treasurer Gil Belles about the exhibit "Ills, Drills, and Pills." The conversation was recorded at the museum.