WIUM Local
6:03 am
Tue February 21, 2006

Keokuk Could Spend Millions On Streets

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk may borrow millions of dollars to repair the city's streets. The city council is considering a street repair program that would cost $12,000,000 over the next 12 years. Mayor Dave Gudgel says a program of this scale is essential to Keokuk's future and must begin this year. The city would borrow $3,000,000 every 3 years under the proposed repair program. Several council members say the loans can be structured so the property tax rate would not increase dramatically.

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WIUM Local
4:37 am
Tue February 21, 2006

County Expecting Budget Help

Macomb, IL – McDonough County is expecting some extra income this summer when a new cell opens on the landfill near Macomb. County Board Chairman Bob Harwick says the life of the current landfill cell is estimated at eight months. When that's closed and operators begin using the newly-constructed cell, the county will receive a host fee of $1 per ton which will go into the general fund. That's in addition to the cuarrent tipping fee, which must be used for environmental projects. Harwick estimates the county could receive up to $100,000 per year from the new host fee.

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WIUM Local
11:52 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Educational Opportunities Behind Prison Walls

Fort Madison, IA – The right to an education is enjoyed by almost every person in this country. There are some people, though, who have lost that right. One young man is trying to better himself, through education, while behind bars. Andrew Maybee, 18, lost his freedom after being sentenced to 25 years in the Iowa State Penitentiary for assualt with a deadly weapon. He has served more than one year in the Fort Madison Prison. During that time, he has been earned his General Education Degree (GED).

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WIUM Local
10:58 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Durbin Draws Big Crowd in Macomb

Macomb, IL – More than 200 people attended the McDonough County Democratic Coalition's annual President's Day Dinner. The main attraction was US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). Durbin is Senate Assistant Minority Leader, which makes him the number two Democrat in the Senate. Durbin says his top priority this year is health care. He opposes the advertising done by drug makers, which he thinks contributes to the high cost of health care. Durbin thinks the nation should set a goal of having every American insured within the next five years.

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Afternoon Edition
6:04 am
Mon February 20, 2006

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5:42 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Keokuk Business Recognized

Keokuk, IA – One Keokuk-based business has been honored for keeping its operations in the city. Even though Metso Minerals closed last October, work is still being done at its plant in Keokuk. Morse Rubber LLC purchased Metso's rubber production line and has been in service for more than 3 months. President Pat Boyd says the company has received more local assistance than loans and tax abatements. The company received certificates of appreciation from the city and economic development leaders for its local investment. Morse Rubber employs 24 people.

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WIUM Local
4:30 am
Mon February 20, 2006

ESDA Director Search to be Narrowed

Macomb, IL – McDonough county leaders will begin scanning applications for the ESDA Director's position this week. Board chairman Bob Harwick says nine applications have been turned in. More than 20 were picked up by interested persons. Harwick says the committee will look for police or fire experience when it chooses. He says the administrative knowledge will come as the successful applicant begins the state-required training. Harwick hopes the committee can begin interviewing applicants next week. ESDA funding for McDonough County is shared by the county, city and university.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Fri February 17, 2006

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5:13 am
Fri February 17, 2006

Keokuk's Mayor Says Town Moving In Right Direction

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk's mayor expects big things for the city in 2006. Mayor Dave Gudgel used his 5th State of the City address to tout Keokuk's accomplishments over the last 4 years and to look ahead to the future. He says new businesses, plant expansions, city beautification, and property development will have a major impact on Keokuk during 2006. Gudgel says Keokuk is on the path to become a leader in alternative energy and in shipping and transportation.

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WIUM Local
4:50 am
Fri February 17, 2006

IDOT Plans Further 336 Corridor Hearings

Peoria, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold a series of hearings next month to seek comment on revised corridors for Route 336. The department has dropped some possible alignments and added others for the proposed highway between Macomb and Peoria. Engineer Scot LaSalle says the department will take the comments from the March hearings and return with what could be a final plan in about a year. Among the changes being suggested are a different intersection where the corridor meets with the proposed bypass on the east side of Macomb.

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