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4-Lane From Burl. to Monmouth, “GET IT DONE”

The overall message at last night’s Highway 34 Coalition meeting was pretty clear, and is similar to a line comedian Larry the Cable Guy often uses…. “Get it Done”. If you’ve driven through the village of Biggsville lately you may have seen the work that’s begun on the new bypass. A time frame for the completion of the entire project was proposed by Tri-State Development Summit Steering Committee leader Dan Wiedmeier… “This has to be done. Continue Reading

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Purer Meth Being Made in Iowa

Lately, larger quantities of purer methamphetamine produced by Mexican drug cartels and trafficking groups have been reported in Iowa, according to the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. Lt. Jeff Klein with the Burlington Police Department says although they haven’t seen any yet, it’s doesn’t mean it’s not in Burlington… “We haven’t seen anything of that nature in Burlington yet. That’s not to say it’s not here and it just hasn’t materialized. However, as far as personal contact with law enforcement, we in this area have not.” Continue Reading

LINK Card Problem Rectified in IA, IL

CHICAGO (AP) — Shoppers in Illinois, Iowa  and 15 other states should be able to use their debit-style food stamp cards after vendor Xerox Corp. restored service following a system outage. Januari Smith is spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Human Services. She says people in Illinois began reporting problems using their LINK cards Saturday morning. People from Alabama to California found themselves temporarily unable to use their food stamp cards Saturday morning, after a routine test of backup systems by Xerox sparked technical problems that shut down the states’ electronic benefit transfer, or EBT, systems. Xerox says all access has been restored. Continue Reading

USDA Shutdown Puts Iowa Farmers in Limbo

MOVILLE, Iowa (AP) — The partial federal government shutdown is preventing farmers in northwest Iowa from getting needed assessments of crop damage from last week’s tornadoes. As many as nine storms crisscrossed the region October 4th, flattening thousands of acres of corn and soybeans in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. The Sioux City Journal reports workers in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency have been idled by the partial federal government shutdown. A damage assessment by the FSA is one of the first steps for farmers who sustained losses to qualify for low-interest emergency loans or debris-removal assistance. Iowa state officials say farmers should contact their local FCA offices and follow the usual damage-reporting process once the government re-opens. Continue Reading

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Monmouth College Annouces $75-million Campaign

Monmouth College president announced a $75 million capital campaign for academic excellence Friday during a homecoming banquet. The campaign is titled “Fulfilling the Promise” and will fund four distinct academic areas… active learning, discerning a purpose, complex problem solving, and civic engagement. Another portion of the money will be designated for scholarships. According to the president, the campaign is nearly 73% complete with $54.5-million in gifts already pledged and received. Continue Reading

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12-Year-Old Hit on Bicycle by Pickup

A 12-year-old Monmouth boy on a bike was seriously injured around 7:15 this morning when he was hit by a pickup at the corner of 4th Avenue and South Main Street. The victim, whose name has not been released by police, was taken to OSF Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth and then airlifted to OSF Hospital in Peoria. The driver of the truck, 65-year-old David Bates of Monmouth, was not hurt. State police say the bicycle was headed west on 4th Avenue, apparently failed to yield at the “stop” intersection, and rode into Bate’s path. The boy was hit by the pickup and thrown from the bike. Continue Reading

Dixon, IL Residents Turn Out in Force to Focus on Spending $40-Million

DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Lowering taxes, cutting sewer rates and fixing the city swimming pool were among Dixon residents’ suggestions for how the northern Illinois city should spend a $40 million legal settlement.  

The city will receive the money as part of an out-of-court settlement involving former Comptroller Rita Crundwell. She stole almost $54 million from the city over two decades to fund a lavish lifestyle and horse-breeding operation. Sauk Valley Media reports that more than 200 people attended a town hall meeting on Thursday night, where officials focused on the city’s progress since federal authorities arrested Crundwell in April 2012. Continue Reading

Young Woman’s Body Found Near Hannibal Still Unidentified

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Nearly four weeks after the remains of a young woman were found in the Mississippi River in northeast Missouri, officials still have no idea about her identity. A national database is being enlisted to help solve the puzzle. Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn told the Quincy, Ill., Herald-Whig that the young woman found Sept. 15 near Hannibal is almost certainly not from the area. Continue Reading

Former Chi-Town Trader Pleads Guilty to Fraud

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago trader who was charged in one of the city’s largest-ever financial fraud cases is pleading guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors.  

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Charles Mosley’s plea caps his sentence at 10 years behind bars. He had faced up to 370 years in prison if he was convicted in the $500 million fraud scheme. Prosecutors say the 49-year-old from Vernon Hills and Eric Bloom, the former CEO of Sentinel Management Group, defrauded more than 70 customers before the firm collapsed. Mosley will cooperate with prosecutors in their case against Bloom. Continue Reading