Quincy, IL – Public schools, park districts, and universities in Illinois can still get state money to buy automated external defibrillator. Two and a half years ago, Quincy Police Officer, Dave Ludwig, responded to an industry where an employee was unresponsive. Ludwig was able to bring the man, who had no pulse and was not breathing, back to life using the AED from his squad car. These AED units must be available in all indoor recreation facilities owned or operated by private business or public entities by 2009.
Keokuk, IA – Two major street projects in Keokuk could get underway in less than 2 weeks. The city council awarded Keokuk Contractors the contract for Main Street Reconstruction, Phase 3. The bid, just over $300,000, was about 20 percent below previous estimates. Burlington-based Mike Nelson Concrete Paving Company will take care of the year 1 projects in Keokuk's residential street repair program. Public Works Director, Bill Richards, says the winning bid of just over $541,000 was about 25% below estimate.
Hamilton, IL – A proposed 3 district school reorganization in Hancock County is slowly moving forward. One of Hamilton's goals for the new school year is to pursue consolidation with Nauvoo-Colusa and Warsaw. Superintendent Jim Jackson says the school board favors one school district, as opposed to creating one high school district and multiple elementary districts through convergence. He says the reorganization discussions must move ahead.
Macomb, IL – Three key recommendations are contained in the Illinois House Republican Motor Fuel Task Force report. One is to temporarily suspend the state sales tax on gas to provide relief for consumers. A second is to continue ethanol production and make sure the corn-based fuel is more widely available to drivers. The third suggestion is to expedite the permitting process for siting and building new oil refineries in Illinois. The task force spent the past year gathering input from around the state from truckers, farmers, the petroleum industry, local governments, and businesses.
Hamilton, IL – Dozens of residents filled Hamilton's City Hall to discuss the future of land on the city's southeast side, between Highway 136 and the old Dike Road. Roger MacDermott, with the Hamilton Community Development Coalition, says the land could be a real asset for the city. Some of the most popular ideas for the land include a hiking and biking trail, a shelter house, and a walking bridge where the old covered bridge once stood. MacDermott says the walking bridge will be built as soon as the money is raised.
Keokuk, IA – The 40 member committee developing a long-range vision for Keokuk still needs public input before any plan can develop. About 15 residents attended the only public meeting to be held by the Keokuk Area Vision committe. The panel is creating a plan for how Keokuk should look in 5-10 years. Committee member, Joe Steil, says the primary method used by residents to express their ideas has been through a community survey being distributed throughout Keokuk. He says the responses have been positive. Over 125 surveys have already been turned in.
Nauvoo, IL – Led by tourism to Nauvoo activities, Hancock County showed almost a 12 percent increase in tourism revenue last year. Nauvoo tourism director Rustin Lippincott says taxes on tourism spending such as lodging, meals and entertainment brought about $820,000 to Hancock County and its towns in 2005. He says tourism spending peaked in 2002 when the restored Nauvoo Temple opened. That brought visitors from around the world. Now, Chamber of Commerce president David Miller says most visitors are from the region, including Chicago and St. Louis. He says many aare making repeat visits.