Burlington Woman Wins $10,000 at Circle K

It was one lucky day for a Burlington resident. According to a press release from the Iowa Lottery, 24-year-old Nikita Fleming redeemed a winning scratch ticket for another ticket and ended up winning a big lottery prize. She purchased a “10X” scratch ticket on Sunday night at the Circle K off Roosevelt Avenue and ended up winning the fourth of 10 top prizes of $10,000 available in the game. During an interview with the Iowa Lottery, Fleming said that the lottery winnings will be used to help her family move into a bigger home, as she currently lives with her husband and two children in an apartment. Continue Reading

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Local Economic Development Updates

Lee County’s Economic Development Group this morning announced its 5-year strategic plan and campaign. Campaign co-chairs Joe Steil and Jamie Baier say 25 investors have already raised almost 1.2-million dollars, or 108 percent of the goal. The Vision Iowa Board is awarding a 1-million dollar Community Attraction & Tourism(CAT) grant to the City of Fairfield for a multi-purpose gym and outdoor aquatic center. The whole project will cost a little over 8-million dollars…and the city is required to come up with the balance within 60 days. In Nauvoo, the Economic Development Committee is working on a plan to transform Duck’s Foods, the city’s only grocery store, into a community-owned business. Continue Reading


Illinois Unemployment Drops

(AP) The state Department of Employment Security says Illinois unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent. It was the fifth straight monthly decrease in the state’s jobless rate. The July figure represents a drop from 9.2 percent one year ago and marks the largest year-over-year decline since 1984. The last time the rate was lower than 6.8 was in August 2008 when it was 6.7. There are 35,600 more jobs than one year ago. Continue Reading


Harkin Stops in Burlington; Talks Health Care Facilities

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin stopped in Burlington yesterday at the Burlington Community Health Center, which is located on the Southeastern Community College grounds.  

Harkin has worked for 25 years to expand community health centers in Iowa and yesterday he was very proud to announce that we’ve come a long way…. Although Harkin is retiring this year, CEO of the Iowa Primary Care Association Ted Boesen, said at yesterday’s meeting that Harkin will always be remembered for the work he has put in to ensure Iowans have access to affordable and quality health care… Harkin also spoke about Obamacare, which he fully supports. He says that he’s aware of the criticism it’s received, but he is starting to hear less of it now. Continue Reading


Galesburg Teachers on Strike

Galesburg teachers are on strike a day before school is scheduled to start. (From WGIL)

He says he wishes he could give the members of the Galesburg Education Association everything they want, but Galesburg School District Superintendent Bart Arthur says he just can’t. Arthur joins the G-E-A in hoping that the strike is resolved soon, and that he’s ready to sit down with union representatives, quote, “when the union decides they want to.” But Arthur told our sister station WGIL today that the state has lost two-point-eight million dollars in state aid over the last four years, which means they can’t give any more than a five-percent increase in salary over the next three years. Arthur says he believes he’s tried to operate, in his words, “with integrity.” Continue Reading


Senator Tom Harkin Stopping in Burlington Toady

Senator Tom Harkin is continuing his “legacy” tour today with a stop in Burlington to highlight his work on Community Health Centers. “It’s something I’ve devoted a lot of my efforts to over the years in my committee — both Health Committee and my appropriations committee — and that’s building more community health centers,” Harkin says. “When I started in 1989 we had two in Iowa. Now we have 14.” Community Health Centers are non-profit clinics staffed with doctors and nurses who provide primary care to uninsured and under-insured clients. Continue Reading


SCC Offers Online Bachelor Programs through CMU

Beginning this fall, students at Southeastern Community College will have the opportunity to complete several bachelor degree programs online. According to a press release, SCC partnered with Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri which will allow students to now transfer readily into CMU’s online bachelor degree programs in Accounting, Applied Behavior Analysis, Business, Child Development, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Health Professions, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. CMU has a tuiton rate of $240 per credit hour. Continue Reading


Iowa Gas Prices could Jump

Fuels analysts fear gasoline prices in Iowa could be about to jump following recent problems at three refineries in the Midwest region. That comes after more than two months of steady gas price declines in the state. Rose White, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says there was a big fire at a major refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas, on July 29th… “Repairs are expected to take about four weeks. Also, there’s some reported problems at a refinery in Whiting, Indiana, as well as one in El Dorado, Kansas.” Continue Reading


Free Concert at Capitol Postponed Due to Accident

On the local entertainment front, the Capitol Theater benefit show this Thursday night has been cancelled. Theater Manager Colleen Smith says Scott Helmer was loading some equipment into his truck, dropped it on his hand, and broke his hand. As you might imagine, it’s tough to play the guitar with a broken hand, but Smith says Helmer’s “Support Your Cause” tour will make a stop later in downtown Burlington. When Helmer is able to play at the Capitol, concert-goers may make free-will donations to the theater. Other than that, the music will be free. Continue Reading


Father of Jack Hatch Dies

Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch says his father has died at age 95 in Massachusetts. Hatch says in a statement his father, Frank Hatch, died Sunday at a care center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Hatch, a state senator from Des Moines, says he last saw his father in June. Funeral arrangements are pending, but Hatch says his family expects to bury his father at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. He says Frank Hatch served in World War II and retired from active duty as a captain in the 87th Airborne Division. Continue Reading