McDonough County

New reports says poverty rose 8 percent since 2000
3:11 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

A Third of IL Residents in or very Near Poverty

A third of Illinois residents live in, or a very near poverty levels. That’s the finding of a  new report which also shows some of the counties with the highest poverty rates are in Western Illinois.

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3:02 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Despite Drought, Western IL Farmers may be OK this Spring

Official USDA Drought Monitor Map
Credit USDA

Even though it's sometimes referred to as “this summer’s drought," Western Illinois is still in drought conditions.

The most recent USDA Drought Monitor Map lists the region as being in moderate drought.

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Fears of Zoning
12:08 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

Land Use Suggestions In Comprehensive Plan Irk Farm Bureau

The McDonough County Courthouse
Credit Rich Egger

The McDonough County Comprehensive Plan Committee made some last minute changes before sending the plan to the full county board for its approval.

Most significantly, almost all references to “land use” were removed. Some committee members and the McDonough County Farm Bureau Board of Directors treated the seven letter phrase like a four letter word and feared it would eventually lead to the “z” word: zoning.

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McDonough County Comprehensive Plan
6:19 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Residents Worry Proposal Will Result In Zoning

The McDonough County Courthouse
Rich Egger

Questions about land use dominated the first public hearing on McDonough County’s proposed new comprehensive plan.

About 25 people attended the hearing along with county board members, county government employees, and representatives of the Western Illinois Regional Council, which facilitated the process for replacing the county’s 40 year old comprehensive plan.

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Bowl for Kids' Sake is September 29
11:49 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Bowlers Will Score Pledges for Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Kim Lampitt, Paula Rhodes and Dan Yoder (L-R)

Participants in the “Bowl for Kids' Sake” fund-raiser for the McDonough County Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization will score strikes, spares and pledges.

In fact, it's the biggest fund-raiser for the organization each year.  

Paula Rhodes is a board member. She has been a mentor or “big” to two children over the last 15 years. Her first “little” moved away but they keep in contact.

She says, “A flute that I purchased for her so she could be in the band-she's still playing that flute. Those kind of benefits are just wonderful memories.”

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