WIUM Local
10:50 am
Thu January 19, 2006

Clerk, Board, Differ on Pay Hikes

Macomb, IL – McDonough County's Circuit Clerk is defending her award of higher than usual pay hikes to members of her staff. Kim Wilson alloted 10% to two members of her staff, with 6% hikes to others. This was after the county board had alloted enough money from the total budget for a 3.3% increase. Wilson says the money for the larger-than-suggested increase came from money alloted for two long-term employees who left and were replaced by entry-level employees. Some positions are also supported by fee income.

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WIUM Local
6:24 am
Thu January 19, 2006

Hamilton/Warsaw To Hit The Mats

Hamilton, IL – The Hamilton School Board has approved the creation of a Hamilton/Warsaw wrestling program for the 2006/2007 school year. Members of the West Hancock Titan Wrestling Club and their parents turned out for the board meeting in support of the sport. Club President Tim Schilson says the board's decision is exciting because the club was formed last year in anticipation of the district forming a wrestling team. The board questioned whether adding wrestling would affect participation in boys basketball, but chose to add the new sport on a unanimous vote.

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WIUM Local
6:19 am
Thu January 19, 2006

Hamilton School Superintendent To Step Down

Hamilton, IL – The superintendent of a Hancock County school district will step down this summer. Hamilton superintendent Steve Breckon has announced his retirement, effective June 30. The school board accepted Breckon's resignation after a lengthy board meeting. Breckon has been in education for more than 4 decades, including the last 5 years as Hamilton's superintendent. Breckon says it is the right time for him to step down. The district faces some tough decisions in the near future.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Thu January 19, 2006

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WIUM Local
4:36 am
Thu January 19, 2006

Big HUD Grant for Carthage

Carthage, IL – A vacant lot in Carthage will soon be used to fill an important need in the community. A 10-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors will be built at the corner of Walnut and Marion. It'll be the first senior housing complex in the town. Mayor Jim Nightingale says the location is ideal because it's near the downtown shopping district, the senior center, and other amenities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide $1,141,900 to cover the entire construction cost.

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WIUM Local
3:22 am
Thu January 19, 2006

Schuyler-Industry Board to File Suit

Rushville, IL – The Schuyler-Industry school board will seek court help to reclaim some of the students who have left for the Macomb district. Superintendent Matt Plater says the lawsuit will ask the court to order that students who wanted to detach from the Industry district be compelled to attend the Schuyler-Industry schools ... or pay tuition to Macomb, where many are attending. Plater says the Schuyler-Industry district was down about 28 students at the beginning of the current school year. He says some enrolled in private schools, others went to the Macomb district.

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Emphasis
12:47 am
Thu January 19, 2006

Emphasis

January 19, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to Mary Hathaway of the Morgan County Historical Society's Underground Railroad Committee.

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6:06 am
Wed January 18, 2006

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WIUM Local
4:37 am
Wed January 18, 2006

Local Lawmakers Oppose Governor's Gun Ban

Springfield, IL – Illinois' governor wants to ban assault weapons, but state lawmakers from western Illinois say they do not support the plan. Governor Rod Blagojevich used his State of the State speech to say no law-abiding citizen needs an Uzi or AK-47 to be safe or to hunt. However, State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and State Representative Rich Myers (R-Colchester) believe the ban is not needed. Both say they know people who use the weapons for target practice or who simply enjoy collecting them.

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WIUM Local
2:05 am
Wed January 18, 2006

Council Adds New Member and Approves Union Deals

Fort Madison, IA – The Fort Madison City Council is once again working at full strength. The city council has appointed Greg Smith to the post of at-large council member. Smith replaces Steve Ireland, who resigned with 2 years remaining in his term. Ireland was elected mayor last November. Smith is an educational consultant with Great River AEA #16 in Burlington. He says he is excited about the opportunity to serve. Smith says he wants to improve Fort Madison so that residents will stay in the community and make it their home. The city received 4 applications for the at-large post.

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