Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown will begin installing some new exhibits that should change the look of the facility within the next year. In addition, the museum's staff continues conducting research into the Illinois River Valley's long history.
Conservative estimates indicate Illinois is $83 billion short of what it has promised state workers in retirement benefits. But Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability said said there is nothing inherently wrong with the state's pension plans.
He said the problem is that for 40 years the state “borrowed like a credit card” from pensions to pay for other services. But instead of acknowledging that, state leaders and lawmakers have played politics with the issue.
A three-district school consolidation issue drew together parents in the Bushnell-Prairie City School District who had a number of concerns about it. They worked hard to ultimately defeat the measure that would have merged the district with Avon and Abingdon. But the effort led them to see the district's strengths and challenges.
The Just Vote No Committee did not just fade away after the April election. Instead, the group decided to provide support for the district. The group changed its name to B-PC Best.
Much of the action for the Western Illinois University Athletics Department takes place on the field. But one of the highlights this weekend happens off the field.
The 23rd Annual Purple and Gold Auction will be held Saturday at Western Hall. The silent auction begins when the doors open at 5:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. The silent auction is scheduled to conclude at 7:45 pm, which is when the regular auction starts.
Trips, sports memorabilia, and other goods will be offered.