Colchester residents say they won't be able to afford sewer rates of $50 per month. That's the maximum amount the city would have to charge if it has to finance the entire $4.2 million dollar cost of a sewer repair project that is being mandated by the federal EPA.
The city held a public hearing as part of the grant application process. The city is hoping to qualify for at least $1.1 million from the USDA's Rural Development program. The application must be completed by July 15th.
The American Red Cross offers tools to help families and individuals prepare for disasters. A new free online site offers help for organizations-schools, businesses and non-profits.
LaMoine Valley chapter Program Director Kayla Daudelin says some disasters can't be avoided. She says the Insurance Information Institute says 40% of businesses fail after a natural or manmade disaster.
The first step to prepare is taking the self-assessment test.
The head of a state panel on police officer training now says facilities in Macomb and Urbana can co-exist.
It appeared the facility at the University of Illinois was about to close this summer. But the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board said Monday July 9 that it has come to an agreement with the U of I to keep that facility’s doors open.
Executive Director Kevin McClain said U of I President Robert Easter initiated talks with members of the board to explain the role of its Police Training Institute, repairing a relationship he described as "dormant."
Western Illinois University is facing another year of reduced state funding while also playing a waiting game with the state.
WIU President Jack Thomas has asked each vice president at the school to reduce his or her division's total budget by 2%. Thomas said the state reduced it support of Western for the new fiscal year by $3.4 million, a cut of more than 6%.
He said WIU recently received a $6.3 million payment from the state but is still owed around $13 million for the Fiscal Year 2012, which ended June 30.