It cost a pretty penny for police to respond to what proved to be a hoax 911 call in Macomb on March 6.
Bills submitted to the McDonough County State’s Attorney’s office show Illinois State Police spent $7,868.41, which includes the cost of a tactical response team. Macomb police submitted a bill of $2,406.55, and the Office of Public Safety at Western Illinois University submitted a bill of $1,384.56.
That adds up to a total of $11,659.52, and the figure will rise once the McDonough County Sheriff’s Department submits its bill.
Legal action is now possible over the result of the second ward alderman election in Macomb.
Candidate Steve Wailand said the Liberty Justice Center read about the disputed outcome and agreed to represent him pro bono. Wailand has said he does not have enough money to hire an attorney because he is a college student. He’s a junior at Western Illinois University, where he’s studying chemistry with an emphasis on pharmacy.
Restoration work will be done this spring and summer to the clock tower dome on the McDonough County Courthouse.
“The courthouse is kind of a centerpiece for the community,” said Nathan Cobb, assistant planner for the Western Illinois Regional Council, which helped secure a $30,000 grant for the work. The grant comes from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.