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Almost 900 Registered for Shamrock Shuffle

If winter has made you miss the color green, there will be plenty of it in Crapo Park this Saturday for the Shamrock Shuffle in Burlington. Coordinator Melissa Jones says it’s an un-timed event… “You can run, walk, jog, a combination of all three. We just want you to come out and have fun. It’s really about the color, the after school program and getting out to get some fresh air.” Continue Reading

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Burlington’s Dropout Rate Drops Again

The dropout rate in the Burlington Community School District has dropped to it’s lowest point in 7 years. Burlington’s most recent rate is 3.49%, which is a big change from the 2008-2009 school year, when their dropout rate was 8.54%. Superintendent Jane Evans is thrilled with the news…. “We’re no longer anywhere near the highest dropout rate in the state. I’m just so grateful to our teachers, counselors, social workers and principals who have worked so hard to bring our students back to school.” Continue Reading

Nauvoo-Colusa Schools Town Hall Meeting

NEXT TUESDAY IS THE ILLINOIS PRIMARY ELECTION AND IT’S ALSO A DAY FOR NAUVOO-COLUSA SCHOOL DISTRICT RESIDENTS TO DECIDE THE FATE OF A 55-CENT INCREASE IN THEIR PROPERTY TAXES.  

SUPPORTERS SAY WITHOUT IT, THE DISTRICT MAY HAVE TO DISSOLVE AND PARENTS MIGHT HAVE TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOLS IN DALLAS CITY AND CARTHAGE…AND PAY EVEN MORE IN TAXES THAN THEY WOULD HAVE TO OTHERWISE.  

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE REFERENDUM, THERE’S A TOWN HALL MEETING TONITE(thur) AT 7 O’CLOCK AT NAUVOO-COLUSA MIDDLE SCHOOL. Continue Reading

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BFD In-Line for $493,000 SAFER Grant

The Burlington Fire Department is getting $493,000 from Washington for recruitment, hiring and retention. Local Congressman Dave Lobesack says the Department of Homeland Security’s “Safer Grant” will be used to support the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.   Continue Reading

Developer Dennis Wilson Cited for Code Violations

LOCAL DEVELOPER DENNIS WILSON HAS BEEN CITED FOR A HANDFUL OF CITY CODE VIOLATIONS, IN CONNECTION WITH THE NEW YEAR’S DAY FIRE AT ONE OF HIS APARTMENT BUILDINGS…A FIRE IN WHICH 6 PEOPLE WERE INJURED.  

BURLINGTON POLICE THIS(THUR) MORNING CONFIRMED THAT WILSON STANDS ACCUSED OF HAVING SIX APARTMENTS IN THE BUILDING AT 11-15 VINE STREET, EVEN THO HE ONLY HAD RENTAL PERMITS FOR FIVE.   HE’LL APPEAR IN COURT ON THE 25TH (AT 1 PM).  

A FORMER TENANT…43-YEAR OLD CHRISTINE RICE OF  BURLINGTON…HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ARSON FOR ALLEGEDLY STARTING THE FIRE, AFTER AN ARGUMENT WITH NEIGHBORS. Continue Reading

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WB City Council Dials Back Tax-Rate Increase

THE WEST BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL VOTED LAST(WED) NITE TO RAISE THE CITY’S TAX-LEVY RATE. NOT 74 CENTS…AS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE NEWSPAPER…BUT 35 CENTS…AS PROPOSED BY COUNCILMAN RICK RALEIGH.  

IT’LL PUT THE CITY’S PROPERTY TAX RATE AT 10-DOLLARS-AND-10-CENTS PER THOUSAND DOLLARS…BUT MAYOR HANS TROUSIL SAYS WEST BURLINGTON RESIDENTS ARE STILL AMONG THE LOWEST-TAXED, BY THEIR CITIES, IN THE AREA. THE ONLY RESIDENT TO TAKE EXCEPTION WITH A TAX INCREASE AND VOICE HIS OPINION AT THE PUBLIC HEARING DOESN’T SEE IT THAT WAY.   JOE SHANNON SAYS IT FEELS LIKE EVERYTHING IS GOING UP AND HE DOESN’T SEE WHY SOMETHING ELSE COULDN’T BE CUT FROM THE CITY BUDGET. Continue Reading

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Another Scam Targeting Elderly in Lee County

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department is warning of yet another scam targeting older citizens. Sheriff Jim Sholl said a group of ladies from the Jackson Township, near Keokuk, came to the station yesterday about a letter they received… “The letter was promising a sweepstakes win of hundreds of thousands of dollars, if the recipient of the letter only pays a processing fee. The postage and phone number on it indicated it was from Ireland. Our investigator called, they [those who answered] passed the phone around and spoke broken English. Continue Reading

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Sen.Courtney Issues Call for Home-School Oversight

A local state senator says a case of apparent child sex abuse in Burlington involving a home schooling family highlights the need to reestablish some kind of oversight of home schoolers. The education reform package that became law last year got rid of the requirement that home schooling parents register with their local district. Senator Tom Courtney, a Democrat, says that was the wrong move. He points to the recent arrest of 20-year-old Andrew Wells of Burlington, who told police he had sexually abused his siblings for years. Wells lived in a home where 10 children were allegedly being home-schooled and his parents have been charged with child endangerment. Continue Reading

No One Objects to DMCo Budget

THE DES MOINES COUNTY BOARD UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET YESTERDAY(TUE) AND IT’S CLOSE TO STATUS QUO FROM LAST YEAR’S, ACCORDING TO BUDGET DIRECTOR CHERYL MCVEY.  

ONE POINT SHE TRIES TO MAKE EVERY YEAR IS THAT MUCH OF THE COUNTY’S TAXABLE PROPERTY IS TIED UP IN “TIF” AREAS — LAND THAT’S SET ASIDE TO SPUR DEVELOPMENT. THE DARK SIDE IS THAT THE LOCAL TAXING UNITS DON’T GET THOSE FUNDS.  

 

THE STATE ROLLBACK ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY NEXT YEAR WILL BE A LITTLE MORE THAN 54 PERCENT, COMPARED TO 52 PERCENT THIS YEAR…AND THE ROLLBACK ON AG LAND WILL BE 43.4 PERCENT, COMPARED TO ALMOST 60 PERCENT NOW. COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL & RAILROAD PROPERTIES USED TO BE TAXED AT 100 PERCENT OF THEIR ASSESSED VALUE, BUT NEXT YEAR IT’LL DROP TO 95 PERCENT…AND THEN TO 90 PERCENT THE FOLLOWING YEAR. Continue Reading