The Colchester City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Jason Orris as the new first ward alderman.
Orris said his business experience will help advance two big projects facing the city.
He said, ”One of the things that I particularly think, as a residential lender full-time, one of the projects the council was (considering) was improving properties.”
The city will cooperate with the Western Illinois Regional Council to apply for a Community Development Block Grant for home rehabilitation.
A 6th person has been arrested as part of a meth-making investigation in Keokuk.
Lindsay Riddle, 26, of 1813 Bank Street has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine near a city park and in the presence of a minor.
The Lee County Narcotics Task Force says she faces up to 35 years in prison.
Authorities discovered items used in the “shake-and-bake” method of meth production while executing a search warrant at Riddle’s residence last month.
The Keokuk City Council will play “catch-up” when it comes to some capital projects.
Mayor Tom Marion says the city could not afford to purchase new vehicles or replace some heavy equipment in the current budget.
He says that will not be repeated in the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Marion says the age and condition of Keokuk’s vehicle fleet dictate spending nearly $2-million.
He says the city will try to obtain credit from local banks to pay for the capital expenses.
Plans for a large-scale hog farm in southeast McDonough County are still up in the air.
Shamrock Acres LLC applied for a permit from the Illinois Department of Agriculture nearly 10 months ago.
Last fall's deadline for the department to decide on the permit came and went. The department decided it needed more information from the owner, Larry O'Hern
Caterpillar has ruled Illinois out of plans to relocate a factory and 1,400 jobs from Japan.
The Peoria-based heavy-equipment maker cited both logistical problems and ongoing concerns about the state's business climate.
Caterpillar laid out its decision in an e-mail to leaders in Galesburg and in Peoria County. Those were among fewer than a dozen Illinois locations trying to win the new plant.