Monmouth, IL – A Warren County Board committee is looking into whether the county should try to form a health department. Chairman Gary Heaton says representatives from the city of Monmouth suggested the idea. He says a department could provide up to 30 services to the public. In addition, it would make the county eligible for grants that it cannot now get. Heaton says committee members are surveying other counties to find out the pros and cons. He says the committee will make a report to the county board, which will then decide whether to proceed.
Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison wants to send a message to the Great River Regional Waste Authority. The message is that change is needed. The city council has voted to withhold the waste management fee Fort Madison pays to the waste authority. A recent state audit of the organization revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in improper or questionable spending. Council member Chris Greenwald hopes the move will send the message, to the waste authority, that it is time to clean up its operations.
Macomb, IL – The new McDonough-Hancock Regional school superintendent is planning some expansion. Gary Eddington says he's applied for grants that would extend teaching to pre-schoolers in day care centers. Eddington says the grant could possibly reach children in home care centers with just few children to "add an educational component to their day care day." Eddington also expects more involvement by the state and his office in home schooling. He says Illinois has fewer requirements than many other states. Eddington replaced Bob Baumann as the regional superintendent.
Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Board has voted to make its $43,000 allotment to the county's transit system. However, one board member believes the bus routes should be trimmed. LeRoy Brown says the routes going through the south part of Macomb are underutilized and tear up the streets. He says the routes should only run between campus, the downtown and the shopping area on the east side of Macomb. The county has a tax levy that provides the $43,000 for support of Red Cross transportation.
Bushnell, IL – Bushnell aldermen have allowed an internet service provider to use the top of the city water tower for its antennas. Mayor Steve Russell says the antenna array from DerbyTech is part of the wireless broadband system Carl Sandburg College is installing. He says the system will first link the college and its branch campuses, along with elementary schools in the CSC district. Later, Russell says excess broadband capacity will be sold to Bushnell residents .