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Burlington Burglars Arrested

Burlington Police have made a few arrests in the car burglaries that had taken place at the Comfort Inn & Suites parking lot in Burlington a few days ago. After multiple interviews, detectives were able to trace the stolen items to three Burlington residents. 27-year-old Monroe Walton, 25-year-old Nia Davis, and 42-year-old Gerald Terry were all arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Stolen Property. They are being held in the Des Moines County Jail on $5,000 bond pending a court appearance. Continue Reading

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Burlington Teachers Not Happy w/ Staff Dress Code

What’s most often a fairly quiet portion of Burlington School Board Meetings, was not last night. During the public comments section, several teachers spoke out about the professional dress code policy for teachers that the board was looking to move forward with last night. One teacher, Melissa Carlson, said there’s no proof that wearing jeans will prevent her from doing her job… “I was hired by this district to do a job and educate students. Everyday I come into the classroom and do my job and do good things for students. Continue Reading

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Neighbors Upset about Perkins School Apartments

Most of last night’s Burlington City Council meeting was turned over to neighbors of the old Perkins School on Dodge Street. They voiced concerns with Developer Lloyd Thola’s plans to turn the building and it’s surrounding land into apartments and duplexes. Amy Martin spoke first for the group, 269 of whom have signed a petition against the proposal… “I do have three statements from neighborhood residents who are elderly and were not able to make it down here. I also have the petition here that we started and have acquired many more signatures.” Continue Reading

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Stinky, Odd Tasting Burlington Water Getting Better

If you’ve consumed Burlington’s water lately, you’ve probably noticed a different taste and a slight odor. Ken Gregory, Burlington’s Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, says you can blame the river…

“Currently what we’re experiencing is a high level of raw ammonia in the river right now, and an increased level of organics. What we have had to do is increase our chlorine feed rates to burn off the ammonia.”

Gregory says almost everyone along the Mississippi River is having to do the same thing. He says the odd taste in your drinking water is the extra chlorine, but it’s completely safe to consume. On a positive note, they have started to reduce the chlorine levels.. Continue Reading

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Iowa Unemployment Increases a Tiny Bit

It wasn’t a drastic change, but the unemployment rate in Iowa moved up to 4.3% in January. In December unemployment was at 4.2%. Last January however, Iowa was at 5.0%, so we are seeing an improvement. Overall in the U.S., unemployment fell to 6.6% from 6.7% in December. It’s the lowest national rate since October 2008. Continue Reading

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Primary Election Day in Illinois Tomorrow

Tuesday is primary election day in Illinois and there’s a 3-way race among Democrats for Henderson County Sheriff. First-Term incumbent Steven Haynes of Stronghurst is being challenged by one of his deputies, Steve Henshaw of Oquawka, and by David Hinshaw also of Oquawka. Also on the Henderson County Ballot is a race for the Republican nomination for County Clerk. Voters have their choice of incumbent Amanda Van Arsdale-Rousonelos of Stronghurst and Kelli Vancil of Little York. Democrat Patty Daniels of Biggsville is also seeking the job. Continue Reading

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Skl Bd to Review Debt-Reduction Alternatives

THE BURLINGTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONITE(MON) AT 6 AND WILL RESUME TALKS ABOUT THE DISTRICT’S PROJECTED 727-THOUSAND DOLLAR DEFICIT AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO STOP THE “BLEEDING.” OPTIONS BEING DISCUSSED TO-DATE INCLUDE RAISING THE TAX LEVY RATE BY A NICKEL-PER-THOUSAND-DOLLARS AND ELIMINATING 12 POSITIONS…TO HIKING THE LEVY BY 39 CENTS, CUTTING SEVEN POSITIONS, AND USING 300-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH RESERVES. THE WEST BURLINGTON SCHOOL BOARD (ALSO) MEETS TONITE(MON) AT 7 AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVE SCHMITT IS RECOMMENDING A TWO-DOLLAR REDUCTION IN THE LEVY RATE. Continue Reading

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Burlington CC to Hold Hearing on Manor Property

The Burlington City Council will hold several public hearings tonight. The most important is an ordinance to rezone the former “Manor” Property, on the corner of Roosevelt and Agency. Nebraska-based Dial Realty wants to develop at least part of the 28-acres into retail, senior housing, and possibly a motel or hotel. The council will also hold a rezoning hearing on a proposal to turn the old Perkins School into apartments. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30. Continue Reading

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Bright Green Chicago River Marks St. Patrick’s Weekend

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago River is glowing a bright emerald green as the city continues its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Thousands of cheering onlookers clustered along downtown bridges as members of Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Local 130 began dumping containers of dye into the river from motorboats Saturday morning. The annual tradition began at 9:30 a.m. and immediately precedes the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Continue Reading