Macomb, IL – There will soon be another vacancy on the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees. Dace Richardson says he will resign because he's leaving Illinois to take a job in North Carolina. Richardson has served on the board for four years. He says the presidential search that resulted in the hiring of Al Goldfarb was one of the highlights of his time on the board. Richardson has not yet resigned. He won't move for another few months and he plans to attend the board's next meeting in November before stepping down.
Keokuk, IA – Local leaders have begun coordinating a larger hurricane relief effort in Keokuk. Churches, service clubs, and organizations like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army have all been accepting donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. An attempt to centralize the relief efforts is underway in Keokuk. Mayor Dave Gudgel says a community-wide relief response will make it easier for residents to donate by providing one central location: Keokuk's HyVee grocery store.
Lee County, IA – Lee County voters have few choices on Tuesday when they vote to fill seats on the school boards of the three public school districts. Of the 8 seats open throughout the county, six feature uncontested contests. That includes 3 on the Fort Madison School Board, 2 on the Keokuk School Board, and 1 on the Central Lee School Board. There are two other contested races for seats on the Central Lee School Board. The polls close at 8pm on Tuesday.
Candidates: Fort Madison (3 seats) Dan Davis Judy Gerdes Donald Ward
Bath, IL – Saturday's "Redneck Fishing Contest" in Bath will be an attempt to reduce the number of Asian Carp in that stretch of the Illinois River. Organizer Betty DeFord says the carp jump out of the water when a boat passes, sometimes injuring fishermen. No rods or reels will be allowed. Contestants must catch the carp in a dip net, and they're forbidden from releasing any back into the river. The winner will be whoever catches the greatest nubmer. The afternoon contest follows a regular fishing contest Saturday morning.
Canton, IL – Retiring Fulton County Clerk Randy Rumler says changes in election procedures are the major change he's seen in 23 years in office. Rumler says technology changes have made it easier for a voter to be sure that he or she is casting the ballot desired. Rumler says the machines can catch overvoting, which prevents a ballot from being thrown out for errors. However, he's insistent that machines should have a paper trail that can be checked in case of questions.
Fort Madison, IA – The workweek for Lee County's union workforce should officially return to normal. The Lee County Board of Supervisors voted to cut the workweek for union workers by one hour to try to save the county money. That led to three prohibitive practice complaints being filed against the county. Union representative Randy Schultz says an agreement has been reached to restore the one hour to the workweek. He says the unions negotiated their current multi-year deal in good faith under the assumption that the workweek would remain the same.
Rushville, IL – Rushville aldermen have approved the second reading of a mandatory trash collection ordinance. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the individual house rate will be about $12 ... which is about $2 less than the current fee. He says exemptions will be available for senior citizens who generate little trash and who are living on a fixed income. He says one of the goals of the program is to eliminate the burning of trash in barrels throughout the town. The council must approve it one more time for the ordinance to take effect.
Rushville, IL – Rushville's mayor has been told by the state to expect partial recompense for infrastructure the city installed to get ready for its unused prison. Ron Shepherd says he has been told to expect between $70,000 and $80,000. He says that's well short of the more than $450,000 the city spent to construct water and sewer lines to the site northwest of town. However, he says any amount will help.
Macomb, IL – The city is trying to decide how to pay for two new pumper trucks for the fire department after bids came in higher than expected. The department estimated the trucks would cost a total of no more than $475,000, but the low bid is $545,000. The cost gets even higher if the city decides to buy the loose equipment that typically comes with such vehicles. City Administrator Mike Hays is now working out a financing plan. He's also looking for different ways of paying for the loose equipment, including selling a couple old fire trucks.
September 8, 2005 – Western Illinois University English professor Janice Welsch joins Rich Egger to talk about the 12th annual Dealing With Difference Institute. The conference will be held on the W.I.U. campus September 14 - 17.