WIUM Local
8:35 pm
Thu August 25, 2005

Keokuk Looks To Clean Up Main Street

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council is looking into ways to clean up the "clutter" along its recently renovated Main Street. One proposal would prohibit parking large trailers on commercially-zoned properties if the containers will be used for storage or sale. Another measure being discussed would prohibit the outdoor display of merchandise on city streets or sidewalks. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the two proposals would focus on improving the image of properties along Keokuk's Main Street. He says there is still some work to do on each proposal.

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WIUM Local
8:28 pm
Thu August 25, 2005

Fuel Prices Affecting Lee County Schools

Lee County, IA – The rising cost of fuel is having a major impact on school district's across Lee County. A significant challenge for school districts is estimating how much it will cost to keep school buses full of fuel. The most recent AAA fuel gauge report shows the average cost of diesel fuel, nationwide, is $2.65. That is up about $0.21 compared to last month and about $0.75 compared to a year ago. Business manager Greg Reynolds says the Keokuk School District has looked for ways to cut down on travel time by buses.

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WIUM Local
2:21 pm
Thu August 25, 2005

Wind Farm Tour Spurs Preparedness

Monmouth, IL – A tour of wind farms has some western Illinois economic developers planning ahead. The Western Illinois Economic Development Partnership chartered a bus for a tour of two Bureau County wind turbine sites. Executive Director Jolene Willis says the landowners they visited were happy with the wind farm operators. However, she says they all recommended that counties develop their wind ordinances before a wind power operation tries to set up in their location.

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WIUM Local
9:33 am
Thu August 25, 2005

McDonough Budget Committee Tallies Expenses

Macomb, IL – McDonough County's Budget Committee has finished going over requests from officeholders. Now chairman Glen Foster says the group is waiting for estimates of projected income. He says those are expected from the county's auditor in September. Then the committee will balance the figures and see if more needs to be trimmed from projected spending. The main spending increases expected this year are for health insurance and for salaries.

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WIUM Local
7:37 pm
Wed August 24, 2005

New Year, New Challenges at WIU

Macomb, IL – One of the challenges Western Illinois University will face during the new school year is to successfully implement its new "First Year Experience" program. President Al Goldfarb says the university has guaranteed freshmen that there will not be more than 15-20 students in general education classes. The school is also requiring freshmen to attend three events outside the classroom each semester. Goldfarb says another challenge facing Western concerns finances.

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WIUM Local
7:22 pm
Wed August 24, 2005

Amtrak Ridership Up in Illinois

Springfield, IL – While the Bush administration wants to virtually eliminate funding for Amtrak, the passenger rail service continues to be popular in Illinois. Amtrak says all four of the state-sponsored trains posted record levels of ridership during the fiscal year that ended June 30. Those trains include the Illinois Zephyr, which connects Chicago with western Illinois cities such as Macomb, Quincy and Galesburg. The Illinois Zephyr had 113,086 riders, which was an increase of 7.6%.

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WIUM Local
5:49 pm
Wed August 24, 2005

New School Year Starts On Time

Donnellson, IA – Construction work did not hamper the start of school for one Southeast Iowa district. The Central Lee School District's classrooms are located along Highway 218, just a couple miles south of Donnellson. Construction work has been underway, this summer, to add right and left turn lanes to the highway where it meets the district's driveway. Superintendent Chuck Reighard says the district was worried about school starting on time after the project was delayed.

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WIUM Local
4:10 pm
Wed August 24, 2005

Havana to Add TIF District

Havana, IL – Havana is establishing a new 20-acre Tax Increment Financing District that will include a $5.5 million dollar expansion in riverfront facilities. Mayor Dale Roberts says Sunrise Ag plans to build a dry fertilizer facility and a petroleum bulk plant. The firm will also rebuild a dock that will be available for public use. Roberts says the city will return $750,000 from the TIF district to help cover the cost of the dock. Roberts says the expansion will strengthen the town's riverfront industrial capability and should help attract industry.

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WIUM Local
2:44 pm
Wed August 24, 2005

Macomb to Monitor Transit Operations

Macomb, IL – Macomb plans to consolidate the county's public transportation into one system. Mayor Mick Wisslead says the state wants aldermen to pay more attention to how the Go West, Bridgeway, Red Cross, and taxi systems work together. Wisslead says since both federal and state funds go through the city, it is being expected to more closely govern the systems. He says the city has been receiving more than $300,000 dollars yearly for transit. That could increase to more than $1 million.

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WIUM Local
6:08 pm
Tue August 23, 2005

Another Candidate for Sheriff

Macomb, IL – A second candidate is joining the Republican primary for McDonough County sheriff. 55-year old Rick Allaman wants to place a greater emphasis on fighting crime in the rural parts of the county. Allaman thinks he can increase the department's visibility in rural areas without increasing its staff size. Allaman also thinks the department needs to cut back on unnecessary spending. He did not offer his specific plans, saying those will come out during the campaign. Allaman is from rural Macomb.

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