Keokuk could get some financial help from some of its employees.
The city’s current contract with the firefighter’s union runs out June 30, 2013. It is the only contract in place for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2012.
Keokuk is currently in negotiations with the unions representing police officers, employees at the wastewater treatment plant, and the general union, which includes parks, streets and cemeteries.
The firefighters are offering to give up the 3% raise its members are in-line for come July 1.
The Macomb School District will soon begin the search for a new superintendent. Dr. Alene Reuschel will retire next year.
She seriously considered retirement this year after the governor proposed cutting pension benefits for educators. However, she decided she had too much work left to do.
She said, “We're right at the brink of doing some really fantastic things here, not only in Macomb, but just in education we're just at the very cusp of what we're going to see.”
Former Hamilton School Board Member Dion Gregory will not go to prison after being found guilty, in March, of felony Criminal Sexual Abuse involving a minor.
He will have to serve two months in the Hancock County Jail and two years of supervised probation, which includes sex offender treatment.
Gregory must also pay $9,600 in fines, fees and court costs.
He was found guilty in a stipulated bench trial before Associate Judge Richard Gambrell.
Gregory’s wife and his victim, a juvenile male, each made an impact statement during the sentencing hearing.
Ameren Choosing Corridor for Transmission Line
Ameren wants to build a transmission line from eastern Missouri to western Indiana. It would run right through Illinois -- including portions of this region -- and is called the Illinois Rivers Project.
Illinois lawmakers gave final approval to legislation (HB 3810) that puts an end to their much-criticized perk of being able to hand out waivers for tuition at state colleges.
The century-old custom has been heavily criticized because some legislators awarded the scholarships to the children of friends and political insiders.
Representative Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) said the waiver program is outdated.