Macomb, IL – Students across the country are needing a greater amount of time to complete their undergraduate studies. For example, Western Illinois University reports just 31% of freshmen entering in 2000 completed their Bachelor's degree in four years. That figure is similar to what's being seen across the nation. There are numerous reasons why it's taking longer to complete a degree. Some students work part-time jobs or serve in the military, both of which cut into class time. In other cases, more courses are required to complete certain degree programs.
Keokuk, IA – The Lee County Democratic Central Committee still faces possible penalties for inaccurate campaign finance disclosures. The committee is accused of failing to file accurate financial reports in October of last year and January of this year. The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board's Executive Director, Charlie Smithson, says the reports showed the Central Committee spent and received no money during the last 6 months of 2004. The organization eventually amended its reports to show money was spent, during that time, on campaign advertisements.
Rushville, IL – A realignment plan proposed in the Schuyler-Industry School District would send all fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students to the building in Industry. Superintendent Matt Plater says this would take one grade out of each building in Rushville. He says this would free up space at those crowded schools and ensure the building in Industry is fully utilized. Plater outlined his recommendations in Rushville this week. About 200 people attended the meeting.
Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Courthouse will get three automatic heart defibrillators and a third floor fire escape ladder. Charles Ackers of the ad hoc Safety Committee says the group is working to reduce the number of hazards in the county's buildings. He says this could reduce the more than $900,000 now paid each year for liability and workers compensation premiums. Ackers says the committee was suggested by the county's insurance carrier. It includes members from all county agencies. He says the group has recommended some building repairs.
Lee County, IA – The future of a community center for Lee County residents with mental health and other developmental disabilities could be decided next week. Nearly 8 months ago, the county board of supervisors chose to start accepting proposals for a community center. C-P-C administrator Jim Posz says the committee evaluating the 4 proposals the county received, is recommending the offer from Burlington-based Hope Haven Development Center.
Carthage, IL – Carthage aldermen have learned that closure work on their landfill will cost about $50,000 more than expected. Mayor James Nightingale says a series of unexpected expenses is responsible for the extra cost. Items include having to run electrical power to the site and about $30,000 extra in engineering inspection costs. Nightingale says aldermen are not happy with the over-run but believe the project must be finished. The needed money might come from the capital spending budget.
Macomb, IL – The new owner of a Macomb bar says he will take steps to reduce noise from the establishment. Ransey Vazquez is in the process of trying to secure a liquor license for his bar "Detox." The place is currently called "The Dog Pound." A new liquor license is needed because the business changed hands. Neighbors have complained to the city council about the levels of noise from the bar, especially when live bands are playing. Vazquez told aldermen this week that steps are being taken to baffle the noise.