Macomb, IL – A Cargill spokesman outlined his problems with statements in the book "Fast Food Nation" in an appearance at WIU. Mark Klein is director of communications for the firm which owns the Excel packing plant, among others. Klein praised the "tinge of outrage" and writing style of Eric Schlosser. However, he qestioned some of the statistics given, and said the book contained no new charges against the meatpacking industry. Klein says there's sometimes a tendency in the media to take a formulaic approach to an issue and to view an issue involving corporate America as "David v.
Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison residents may soon pay more for city water. The city council has approved the first reading of a measure that would substantially increase the city's water rates. City Manager Bill Kelly says residential and commercial customers would see a monthly increase of about 24%, if approved. Industrial and wholesale water rates would also increase. Kelly says the city will have to replace the current water plant, in the near future, to keep up with the demand for service.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk hopes to use the postal system to encourage former residents to return to Southeast Iowa. The "Come Home To Keokuk" marketing campaign targets 1,500 former residents and those who graduated from Keokuk's two high schools or SCC. They will each receive 4 different postcards, over the next few months, asking them to consider moving back to Keokuk. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Katie O'Brien, says the campaign targets younger adults looking to settle down.
Hamilton, IL – There is a new face on the Hamilton City Council. The council approved the appointment of Jim Repplinger to the Ward 3 seat during last night's meeting. He replaces Jesse Guymon, who resigned in December. Repplinger says he joined the council because he is interested in what goes on in Hamilton. Repplinger says the growth of Hamilton should be a top priority. He has been a teacher and coach for many years, including his current role as head coach of Hamilton High School's boys basketball team. Guymon resigned with more than 3 years remaining in his term.
Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University's Board of Trustees could soon have three new members. Bob Cook and Bill Griffin of Macomb and Steven Nelson of Moline were appointed by the governor. They need to be confirmed by the Senate. If that happens, each of their terms will run through January 17, 2011. Cook and Griffin each taught at Western before retiring. Nelson is an attorney who serves as an adjunct professor at WIU's Quad Cities campus. They will replace Lorraine Epperson, Bill Edley, and Dace Richardson.
Galesburg, IL – Knox College will receive more than $10 million from the estate of an alumnus. The gift from Walter Hobbs will be the largest the college has ever received. Hobbs was born in Nauvoo in 1904. He graduated from Knox in 1925 and later attended Northwestern University School of Law. Knox College says he practiced law for many years in Evanston and was a partner in the law firm of Shavesy and Hobbs. He died in 1989. His estate was then held in trust for the benefit of his wife, who died last month.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County board members want to make sure a hike in court fees will not be used for salary increases. The Finance Committee recommended a doubling of two fees as requested by Circuit Clerk Kim Wilson. However, board members are still angry with Wilson for increasing pay for some of her staff members by more than the county-recommended 3.3 percent. Board Chairman Bob Harwick said the committee will scrutinize future budgets from the circuit clerk's office to ensure that money from the fee increases is used only for computers and document storage equipment.