Kristen Petrie

50% Plus One
1:37 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Macomb Reviewing Election Options

Fourth Ward Alderman Dave Dorsett
Credit Rich Egger

In response to the confusion caused by the 50% Plus One case, Macomb aldermen are considering whether to get rid of the February election.

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50% Plus One
5:58 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Will the Candidates Show Up for Ruling?

The McDonough County Courthouse
Credit Rich Egger

It’s possible neither of the people most affected by the outcome of the “50% Plus One” case in Macomb will be in court to hear the judge’s ruling.

Judge Rodney Clark announced he will rule Friday, April 26, on whether Western Illinois University student Steve Wailand defeated Kay Hill in the February election for second ward alderman in Macomb.

Clark announced the date at the end of the hearing on Monday, April 8. Wailand’s attorney, Diane Cohen of the Liberty Justice Center, immediately asked if Wailand could be excused from the proceedings because he works on Fridays.

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City Council Approves Pact
10:56 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Pay Raise for Macomb City Attorney

Credit Rich Egger

Macomb aldermen agreed to increase city attorney Kristen Petrie’s salary from $72,597.50 to $80,000. The raise will go into effect for the city’s next fiscal year, which begins May 1.

Approval was granted on a vote of 5-to-2. Alderman At Large Don Wynn and Fifth Ward Alderman Dave Dorsett were opposed. Fourth Ward Alderman Thomas Koch and Seventh Ward Alderman Clay Hinderliter were absent from the meeting.

Wynn feels the timing is not right.

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Dilapidated Properties
6:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Macomb Ready for Round Two of Fix or Flatten

Macomb City Hall
Credit Rich Egger

A city memo said the Macomb Community Development Office and the City Attorney Office have provided aldermen with another list of private properties to consider for the “Fix or Flatten” program.

Under the program, the city acquires and demolishes dilapidated buildings unless the owners act to bring them up to code.

City Attorney Kristen Petrie told aldermen the initial “Fix or Flatten” program this year spurred some property owners into fixing or tearing down structures before the city stepped in.

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No Comments from Public
9:00 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Plans to Control Macomb Parties One Step Away from Approval

Macomb City Hall

By this time next week, Macomb could have some new rules in place to control large and loud parties.

Aldermen reviewed the four ordinances during their February 27 Committee of the Whole meeting.

The one that generated the most discussion concerns nuisance parties. Fifth Ward Alderman Dave Dorsett asked about the section dealing with loud and raucous noise from parties. He wondered who made the determination.

“Is that at the officer's discretion?” Dorsett asked.

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