The McDonough County courthouse will take the first step toward becoming a “secure courthouse.” Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said the county is a bit behind the times when it comes to security. He said a new video monitoring system will close the gap.
The county is advertising for bids. VanBrooker would like to have a battery of 18 cameras to monitor entrances, hallways, stairwells and the courtrooms.
Macomb aldermen unanimously approved four new ordinances designed to control large outdoor parties.
City leaders said the ordinances do not ban large gatherings such as the Wheeler Street block party. In fact, Sixth Ward Alderman Timn Lobdell said the city encourages social gatherings. He said the ordinances are about common sense.
"You're responsible for those who are at your property," Lobdell said. "Whether you rent the property or own the property, you are the legal, responsible party for that property and everything that happens on it."
McDonough District Hospital's biennial surveys have shown district residents would like to see an ear, nose and throat specialist on staff.
Director of Public Relations and Funding John Maguire said the hospital will meet that need next year with the arrival of Dr. Jeff Sparks. He will join the hospital in the summer of 2013 after the completion of his residency.
Maguire said Sparks will bring an excellent mix of experience and the latest medical expertise.
He said, "The fact is (he) has a great deal of training and we're delighted that Dr. Sparks will join us."