Monmouth wants to spur economic development in the downtown. Public meetings have shown residents would like to see a vigorous arts community develop downtown.
Community Development Director Paul Schuytema said the city will rehabilitate a building downtown into an art studio and gallery. The new project will create foot traffic and new business opportunities. He said the original plan was to offer artists studio and gallery space and apartments. A study showed that was not economically feasible.
High school teachers in the Schuyler-Industry School District will soon embark on a year-long assignment.
It's tied to the district's plans to begin a one-to-one program in the Fall of 2013. Every high school student will be provided with either a lap-top or tablet. The district is still deciding which device to use.
Superintendent Mat Plater said before the devices can be used by students, teachers must get comfortable with them and learn how to best use them in the classroom.
The recovery process is underway in Harrisburg following Wednesday morning's (February 29) strong storms that resulted in major damage and loss of life.
The Saline County Sheriff's office reports six people are dead and more than 100 injured as a result of the storms.
Storm victims are being transported to hospitals in Williamson County for treatment. The sheriff's department reports more than 200 homes damaged or destroyed in Harrisburg along with 25 businesses, including the hospital.
Health Alliance and Humana have another chance to stay on the books as providers of health insurance for state employees in Illinois.
A legislative panel paved the way for Illinois to settle a lawsuit with Urbana-based Health Alliance. The company sued last year after losing its state contract. State employees represent a significant share of its customers.
Julie Hamos, Director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, said as a condition of the settlement, the state is re-opening the bidding for state employee health insurance providers.