Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is confident his state will come out on top when it comes to a proposed $1.5-billion fertilizer plant.
Orascom Construction Industries is said to be considering multiple sites in Iowa for the plant, along with locations in central Illinois and Texas.
Branstad says he has personally talked to representatives of the Egypt-based company about Iowa’s history of honest, reliable government, especially when compared to Illinois.
A judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by South Morgan Acres, a proposed large-scale hog operation, against Blandinsville Township.
Last month, the township set a weight limit of 20 tons on the road leading to the site in northeast McDonough County. The limit prevents large trucks from getting to the site.
The lawsuit alleges the operation has suffered a financial loss of at least $230,000 since that time.
Beverly Braniff lives near the site of the hog farm. She does not think the lawsuit was filed over the money lost.
A development project in downtown Keokuk is facing a financial penalty from the city.
The former Eagles building, which is located at the corner of 4th and Blondeau Streets, is being renovated for commercial and residential use.
The project requires the replacement of an older, 1 ½” water line with a new 2” line, with the connection being made beneath Blondeau Street.
That is an issue as city code allows Keokuk to impose a penalty of up to $1,000 because crews will be cutting into a street that is less than 5-years old.
The turning of a few shovelfuls of dirt marked the beginning of construction of a new NTN Bower plant next to its existing facility in Macomb.
Craig Allen, production control general manager in Macomb, says the $100 million project will give the company greater capacity to produce existing products.
He says, “It will primarily be in the tapered roller bearing (product), which is where our big demand is right now. And it will allow us to significantly expand in that market area.”
Ali Ata will not go to prison for his role in the "pay-to-play" scheme of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Ata is the former head of the Illinois Finance Authority. He was appointed to that post by Blagojevich after making a pair of $25,000 contributions to the Governor.
Ata pled guilty to making false statements to a government agent and to filing a false income tax return in 2002.
He received a lesser sentence of four-years probation based on his testimony that led to the conviction of another Blagojevich associate, Tony Rezko.