Macomb, IL – The Macomb-McDonough County Enterprise Zone has received state permission to expand ... and it might have attracted its first new tenant. The zone is being expanded from about one to almost five square miles. It includes new territory in and around Bushnell and Colchester as well as more land in Macomb around the municipal airport. Bushnell Mayor Steve Russell says learning the enterprise zone would be available was a pivotal factor in attracting a new business to his town. He hopes to finalize the paperwork next week.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County could have a new board member by next month. That person will replace Jim Gumbart, who resigned from the board for work-related reasons. Chairman Bob Harwick says Gumbart was a Republican, but was elected to the board as a Democrat. Harwick has asked the Democratic Central Committee for a list of possible candidates. He'll discuss the issue with others on the board. Harwick hopes to have a candidate named by early September. That person will have to run in the March primary election to retain office. Gumbart chaired the Finance Committee.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk's mayor has announced that he has cancer. Dave Gudgel says he found out about the diagnosis last week. He will not name type of cancer, only saying that it is a rare form. Gudgel said he wanted to make the information public so people know what is going on. He says he will stay on as mayor and plans to keep his name on the November ballot for another two-year term. He will be on a regimen of medication.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County elections worker Gretchen DeJaynes is the first entrant in the Republican primary for county clerk. DeJaynes has worked in the elections department for four years under County Clerk Florine Miller. Miller is retiring next year. DeJaynes says she has tried to learn all aspects of the office. She believes the clerk's office is now working well. She expects no further problems with tax extensions or accounting for social security payments.
Macomb, IL 61455 – Staff members at the McDonough County sheriff's office have a new contract. The county board approved a contract retroactive to Dec. 1, 2003. Board chairman Bob Harwick says the county's precarious fiscal condition slowed negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police. The contract provides annual salary hikes of two, three and four percent. Harwick says the county plans to begin talks on a new three-year contract in December of this year. He says that will give negotiators a full year to reach an agreement.