Emphasis
12:34 am
Thu July 20, 2006

Emphasis

July 20, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to Friends of Argyle Lake State Park President Bev Baker and Natural Resources Coordinator Bridget Napolitano.

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11:49 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Fort Madison Withholds GRRWA Fee

Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison wants to send a message to the Great River Regional Waste Authority. The message is that change is needed. The city council has voted to withhold the waste management fee Fort Madison pays to the waste authority. A recent state audit of the organization revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in improper or questionable spending. Council member Chris Greenwald hopes the move will send the message, to the waste authority, that it is time to clean up its operations.

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WIUM Local
11:23 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Fort Madison Creates Enterprise Zone

Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison is creating a new economic development tool that city leaders hope will spur job growth. The city council voted to establish a transportation enterprise zone. Businesses located within, or moving into the zone, would be eligible for tax credits and tax abatements. Mayor Steve Ireland says the state is always willing to provide incentives to major industries considering Iowa. The proposed zone, which can be expanded, includes the downtown district, the riverfront district, and land along Highway 61. Ireland says the state must approve the zone.

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6:37 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Fort Madison Withholds GRRWA Fee

Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison wants to send a message to the Great River Regional Waste Authority. The message is that change is needed. The city council has voted to withhold the waste management fee Fort Madison pays to the waste authority. A recent state audit of the organization revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in improper or questionable spending. Council member Chris Greenwald hopes the move will send the message, to the waste authority, that it is time to clean up its operations.

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6:06 am
Wed July 19, 2006

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4:06 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Carthage Gets Housing Rehab Funds

Carthage, IL – A $380,000 housing rehabilitation grant will upgrade a dozen Carthage homes. Gary Zeigler of the Western Illinois Regional Council says this is the first time Carthage has applied for this type of housing grant. He says city leaders cited expected growth from the extension of Route 336 as part of the reason they sought the program. Zeigler says the goal is to bring owner-occupied homes up to building code standards. Work usually covers roofing, the plumbing and electrical systems and lead paint sealing or removal. It can also include heating systems.

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12:19 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Arts Council Emphasizes Education Issues

Macomb, IL – The head of the Illinois Arts Council says the group's current focus is on arts education issues. Terry Scrogum says he'd like to see the agency enhance arts education throughout the state. Scrogum says while the arts council was working on its strategic plan for the next five years, it found that arts education is extremely important to people throughout Illinois. He says the council is now in the process of putting the final touches on that strategic plan. The Illinois Arts Council is a state agency that's been in existence since 1965.

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11:17 am
Tue July 18, 2006

Lee County Could Develop Rural Tax Abatement

Keokuk, IA – Businesses looking to locate or expand in rural Lee County may receive some financial assistance in the future. The creation of the Economic and Port Authority appears to have more companies considering relocating to Lee County. Supervisor Joe Kowzan says the county should take this opportunity to design a tax incentive program for its rural and unincorporated areas. He says the county could exempt the taxes on construction for new businesses, or for those looking to expand, on a sliding scale for 5 years.

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9:54 am
Tue July 18, 2006

Hamilton Water Plant Nearly Online

Hamilton, IL – Hamilton's new waterplant could soon be up and running. Water Superintendent, Tim Schilson, says Hamilton's new 1,000,000 gallon/day facility should be online within a couple of weeks. He says, at first, the new plant and the old plant will work in tandem to supply water. Schilson says the testing of some components, such as the clearwell system, has already been completed. He says the tests on structures, such as the filters and pump chambers, are still pending.

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6:10 am
Tue July 18, 2006

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