Rushville, IL – Rushville's City Clerk Rebecca Koch will leave office Oct. 1. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the aldermen want deputy clerk Stacy Ervin to fill in until May 1 when Koch's term ends. However, city workers are unionized, and if the interim clerk is a full-time position, other city employees could also bid for the position. Shepherd says the city might make the interim clerk a part-time position. He says aldermen want to ensure that Ervin could return as deputy clerk if she should decide to run for the position and lose.
Keokuk, IA – Results of the 2006 Board of Education elections for school districts in Southeast Iowa.
Keokuk School District - 3 seats Tom Wemette - 26.4% - 566 votes Tyler McGhghy - 25.8% - 552 votes Julia Logan - 25.7% - 551 votes Mark Wessel - 21.4% - 459 votes
Central Lee School District To Authorize a change in the use of the local option sales and services tax for school infrastructure for Central Lee Community School Yes - 83.6% - 133 votes No - 16.4% - 26 votes
Fort Madison, IA – Lee County will have new representation when it starts negotiating new contracts with some of its employees. The Board of Supervisors has hired Cedar Rapids-based Ray & Associates, to represent the county in all collective bargaining matters during the current fiscal year. The company will receive $15,000. The county's agreements with the sheriff's department, the secondary roads department, and the administrative unit expire in less than 1 year.
Macomb, IL – Mcdonough County taxpayers who missed out on the homestead exemption for last year's taxes will have a second chance ... but they won't get a refund. State's Attorney James Hoyle told the county board's Law and Legal committee it could not issue either a refund or a tax credit. About 150 taxpayers filled out forms saying they should have received the homestead exemption, but didn't. The exemption can cut up to $150 from a property tax bill. Board Chairman Bob Harwick says all of the forms will be sent to the county's Board of Review.
Macomb, IL – In the five years since the terrorist attacks against America, some Muslims in this country have complained about coming under extra scrutiny from law enforcement. One such case concerns a popular pediatrician in Macomb. The Illinois Attorney General's office is accusing him of fraud, but hundreds of local residents contend he's the victim of a modern day witch hunt. Dr. Khalid Dabash is charged with defrauding the state out of a couple thousand dollars. Supporters say Dabash gives much more than that to the community and feel the charges don't make sense.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are reviewing a list that includes numerous construction projects. The Capital Improvement Plan for the current fiscal year includes 27 projects. Another 25 are on the list for next fiscal year and more than a dozen more for the year after that. City Administrator Mike Hays says the plan is simply a guideline and each project will have to be approved by aldermen. Some have already been started or completed this fiscal year while other current year projects still await funding.
Keokuk, IA – Southeastern Community College will soon train workers heading to new jobs across the region. The college's Board of Trustees approved new job training agreements with 4 local industries. Chuck Betts heads SCC's Center for Business and Industry Services. He says the college will borrow $540,000 to fund the training programs. Betts says the industries will repay the money through state tax credits. SCC will work with Burlington-based Tjaden Bioscience, MPC Enterprise of Mt. Pleasant, and Morse Rubber and Tri-City Energy, both of Keokuk.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk is going to computerize its records for Oakland Cemetery. Public Works Director, Bill Richards, says the current system is index cards filled with information. He says computerizing the records will allow visitors to search sections of the cemetery quickly. Richards says the program will also show a picture of each headstone. There are about 15,000 graves within the 60 acres of Oakland Cemetery. He says the city will explore making the records available online, if the technology allows it.