Canton, IL – Spoon River College will use part of a new bond issue to enhance its satellite campuses at Rushville and Havana. The college will issue $2 million in Bonds. About $1.6 million of that will purchase the Heilig-Meyers building in Macomb, which will be used for a new campus in that town. Board Chairman Dave Maguire says the balance of the bond issue will go towards renovating the other two campuses. He says the college is in discussion with two possible partners to come up with better facilities for Rushville. He says some expansion for Havana is also planned.
Canton, IL – Spoon River College will buy a new building to serve as its Macomb campus. The Board of Trustees has agreed to pay $1.6 million for the building that once housed the Heilig-Meyers furniture store and other businesses on East Jackson Street. Board Chairman Dave Maguire says the new building will provide about two-and-a-half times as much space to alleviate crowded conditions on the South Johnson Street campus. He says it will allow SRC to offer more career preparation courses in Macomb.
Macomb, IL – A state lawmaker from western Illinois says private colleges are getting some state money at a time when a higher priority should be placed on public universities. Representative Rich Myers (R-Colchester) says state funding for public universities is just now being increased again after several years of cuts. He says this is not the time for giving money to private schools. Myers says Memorandums of Understanding made by Democrats will send state construction money to DePaul, Northwestern, and other Chicago-area private institutions.
Rushville, IL – Rushville's Finance Committee has developed an appropriations ordinance that's within $220,000 of being in balance. Aldermen recently rejected an ordinance athat was more than $800,000 out of balance. Finance Committee Chairman Scott Thompson says the new document includes no tax or fee increases. However, he believes aldermen might have to consider them later in the year. The city faces capital spending for a new well and a sewer extension during the current year.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County is trying to track down about $15,000 worth of items that were part of purchases from a Homeland Security grant. Board Chairman Bob Harwick believes the items were part of purchase orders sent to the Alexis Fire Equipment Company, which also prepared the two emergency trailers that are part of the grant. He says the items might not have been sent to the county, or might have been delivered to the wrong agency. The missing items include decontamination equipment and things such as latex gloves.
Warsaw, IL – Warsaw city offices should be in a new location by September. The downtown office building will be put up for sale after city functions move into the town's unused Carnegie Library building. The Library District has moved into a new building. Mayor Robert Frank says some adjustment will eventually have to be made to make the building handicapped-accessible. The police department will use the first floor of the brick building. City offices will be on the second floor.
Bushnell, IL – Bushnell city leaders and ESDA Director Mary Brown are adding evacuation provisionsin their update of the city's emergency plan. Mayor Steve Russell says should an evacuation become necessary ... the town has been told that Go West and the bus contractors for Macomb and Bushnell school districts will have buses available. Russell says Brown is also updating the plan to include what equipment or supplies that local contractors might have available for rescue or clean-up work.